Canadian Social Media Calendar for October

Looking for Canadian-specific content and ideas for your social media calendar? Take a look at this curated list for the month of October.

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October 1

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  • 1946 / Birth of poet and editor Sharon Thesen.
  • 1926 / Birth of acclaimed cartoonist, journalist and author Ben Wicks known for his rich sense of humour.

October 2

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  • 1535 / French explorer Jacques Cartier reaches the Iroquois village of Hochelaga (present-day Montréal).

October 3

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  • 1927 / Birth of Inuk artist Kenojuak Ashevak on South Baffin Island, N.W.T. In 1961 she was the subject of a film produced by the National Film Board about her traditional life and art.

October 4

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Did you know?
The Baldwin–LaFontaine government of 1848 has been called the “great ministry.” Beside establishing responsible government, it had record of legislation. It also set up a public school system and finalized the founding of the University of Toronto.

October 5

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  • 1970 / October crisis begins with the kidnapping of British diplomat James Richard Cross.
  • 1939 / Birth of Marie-Claire Blais—novelist, playwright, screen writer and poet—in Quebec city. She is considered one of the great writers of her generation.

October 6

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October 7

October 8

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  • 1929 / Birth of Lois Smith—ballet dancer, choreographer and founding member of the National Ballet of Canada—in Vancouver, BC.
  • 1904 / The city of Edmonton, Alberta’s capital, is incorporated.

Did you know?
Edmonton was first a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post—Fort Edmonton, also known as Edmonton House—built in 1795.

October 9

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  • 1867 / Newfoundland hero, Captain William Jackman, single-handedly rescued 27 people from a schooner that had struck a reef in subarctic Labrador waters during an October hurricane by swimming to and from the sinking ship.

October 10

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October 11

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October 12

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October 13

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October 14

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October 15

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  • 1951 / Charlotte Whitton—first female mayor of a major city in Canada—is elected mayor of Ottawa.

October 16

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October 17

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October 18

Did you know? Persons Day marks the historic decision in 1929 by Canada’s highest court of appeal–the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain–to include women in the legal definition of “persons”.

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  • 1965 / Abraham Okpik—Inuit community leader and activist—becomes the first Inuk appointed to the Northwest Territories Council.

October 19

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October 20

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  • 1904 / Birth of Tommy Douglas—recognized as the father of socialized medicine in Canada—in Falkirk, Scotland.

October 21

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  • 1965 / HMCS Niobe—a Diadem-class protected cruiser—transferred from the Royal Navy, arrives in Halifax. It’s one of the first ships of the newly-created Royal Canadian Navy.
  • 1884 / Marcellus Gilmore Edson from Montreal, Quebec receives letters patent for the manufacture of peanut-candy (peanut butter/paste).

October 22

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  • 1844 / Birth of Louis Riel, Métis leader, founder of Manitoba, central figure in the Red River and North-West resistances.

October 23

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Did you know
The temple is widely regarded as the most exquisite and architecturally authentic example of traditional Chinese architecture in Canada.

October 24

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Did you know?
To highlight their opposition to Quebec secession, the Crees held a separate referendum on 24 October 1995. They voted 96.3% to stay with Canada. Of 6,380 eligible voters, 77% participated in the Cree referendum.

October 25

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  • 1949 / Birth of mountaineer Laurie Skreslet, first Canadian to climb Mount Everest.

October 26

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  • 1997 / Jacques Villeneuve becomes the first Canadian to win the Formula One Championship.
  • 1917 / After British, Australian and New Zealand troops launched failed assaults, the Canadian Corps joined the Battle of Passchendaele. Nearly 16,000 Canadians were killed or wounded.

October 27

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October 28

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  • 1830 / Josiah Henson—spiritual leader, author, founder of the Black community settlement of Dawn, near Dresden, Upper Canada—escapes to Canada with his family. 

October 29

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October 30

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“Troop Front.” Canadian Mounted Rifles with Second Contingent South Africa
Credit: Canada. Patent and Copyright Office / Library and Archives Canada / PA-028895

Did you know? The South African War (1899-1902) was the first time Canada sent troops to an overseas war to serve with the British forces. Canadians participated in nine important battles between the November 1899 arrival of the first contingent in South Africa, and the end of the war in May 1902.

October 31

  • Halloween
  • National UNICEF Day
  • Halloween

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  • 1950 / Birth of comedian and actor John Candy in Toronto.