FREE October 2017 calendar wallpaper + anniversaries and events

October is only starting and Society for News Design provides a calendar of events happening this month.

“The best that you can do” is the 2017 SND Year-Long Conversation to provide incentive and help designers worldwide to improve themselves, be more creative and to do their best designs in print and online, by thinking in advance some exciting projects and share them with SND community.

Any opportunity in the design department should be taken as a challenge for us to overcome our limits and to do our best and be more creative. Nowadays it is a great privilege to have a space in print or online where you can show your design and you should not lose this chance.








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01 OCT. Tuvalu Independence Day u Nigeria Independence Day u Global International Day of Older Persons General u Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China China 02 OCT. Guinea Independence Day

International Day of Non-Violence Global General

03 OCT. Germany Unity Day

World Habitat Day (First Monday in October) Global

150th death anniversary of Elias Howe, American inventor and sewing machine pioneer United States 04 OCT. Lesotho Independence Day

04-06 OCT. 50th anniversary of Hassanal Bolkiah becomes Sultan of Brunei

04-10 OCT. World Space Week Global 05 OCT. World Teachers’ Day

05 OCT. Civil Aviation Day

08 OCT. World Sight Day

Japanese Grand Prix 2017 Japan

09 OCT. Uganda Independence Day

World Post Day

50th death anniversary of Che Guevara, iconic Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, guerilla leader, tactician and leftist martyr. A leading communist figure in the Cuban Revolution

11 OCT. International Day of the Girl Child

12 OCT. Equatorial Guinea Independence

13 OCT. International Day for Disaster Reduction

Fiji General Independence Day 

30th death anniversary of Kishore Kumar, award-winning Indian film actor, playback singer, lyricist and composer India Entertainment

15OCT. International Day of Rural Women

16 OCT. World Food Day

7 OCT. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

18OCT. 150th Alaska Day. US purchase Alaska from Russia $7.2 million. A transfer ceremony took place in the city of Sitka

20-22 OCT. United States Grand Prix 2017, Texas Sports

22 OCT. 70th anniversary of the beginning of Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–1948 (also known as the First Kashmir War). India / Pakistan

24 OCT. Zambia Independence Day

United Nations Day GlobalGeneral

World Development Information Day Global

24-30 OCT. Disarmament Week Global

27 OCT. Turkmenistan Independence Day

St Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

28 OCT. Czechoslovak Founding Day

29 OCT. Turkey Republic Day

30 OCT. 70th anniversary of 23 countries signed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Business

31 OCT. Hallowe’en

Upcoming anniversaries during the month of October 2017:

1 Year (2016)

October 03: World heavyweight champion boxer Tyson Fury announces retirement.

October 04: Google unveils Pixel smartphone in push for hardware.

October 05: The UAE’s first World Green Economy Organisation is launched to bolster a culture of green economy in the country, the region and around the world.

October 06: Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm kills more than 1000 people in Haiti.

October 06: Pakistan passes long-awaited anti-‘honour’ killing legislation.

October 10: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launches the groundbreaking ceremony for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.

October 11: Samsung Electronics scrap its flagship Galaxy Note7 smartphone after failing to resolve safety concerns.

October 13: A historic day of Test match with first pink ball, day-night Test match in Asia at the Dubai International Stadium when Pakistan and West Indies play their three match series in Dubai.

October 13: Thailand’s unifying King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at the age of 88.

October 16: Rolando ‘Kerwin’ Espinosa Jr, one of the most wanted drug kingpins in the Philippines, is arrested at Abu Dhabi.

October 22: Ameera Abdul Rahim Binkaram, chairperson of Sharjah Business Women Council, died in a fire in her villa in Sharjah.

October 25: At least 61 people killed and 118 critically injured after gunmen storm Pakistani police training academy in Balochistan’s capital Quetta.

October 31: Legoland Dubai officially opens to public.


2 Years (2015)

October 01: A major fire breaks out at Nasser Tower at Sharjah.

October 04: Dubai launches Mohammad Bin Rashid Global Initiatives, a foundation that consolidates the work of 28 organisations focusing on improving people’s lives.

October 08: Fifa suspends Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini for 90 days, Chung Mong-Joon for six years.

October 26: A massive 7.5 magnitude earth quake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing more than 350 people.

October 27: The UAE has retained its top spot in Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region in the World Bank’s ranking of ease of doing business for the third consecutive year.

October 31: A Russian charter plane carrying 224 people crashes in a mountainous part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing everyone on board.


5 Years (2012)

October 05: Michael Schumacher announces his retirement from Formula One for the second time and at the age of 43.

October 05: Former Philippines president Gloria Arroyo was arrested at a hospital after being charged over a third case of alleged corruption during her time in power.

October 09: A 14-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai is in critical condition after she was shot in the head by the Talibans.

October 14: Austrian Felix Baumgartner made history when he jumped in a supersonic speed 39 kilometres from the ground.

October 15: Former King Norodom Sihanouk, regarded as the the father of modern Cambodia died at the age of 89.

October 21: Indian film director known as “King of Romance”, Yash Chopra died aged 80

10 Years (2007)

October 25: The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, went into commercial service with Singapore Airlines.

15 Years (2002)

October 04: American terrorist John Walker Lindh is sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to joining the Taliban in Afghanistan to fight against the Northern Alliance.

October 12: Bali bombing. 3 bombs exploded in Bali, Indonesia, killing 202 people including many foreign tourists.

October 23: Moscow Theatre Siege, Russia. 40 – 50 Chechen rebels stormed a theatre and took about 700 people hostage.

20 Years (1997)

October 12: Sidi Daoud massacre, Algeria. Islamist guerrillas set up a fake roadblock and killed 43 people.

October 15: British RAF pilot Andy Green set a new land speed record of 763mph (1,228 km) in the Thrust SSC jet-powered car in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

October 18: The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is officially opened


25 Years (1992)

October 01: The cable television channel Cartoon Network is launched in the US.

October 04: The 15-year civil war in Mozambique officially ended with the signing of

the Rome General Peace Accords.

October 04: El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747 cargo plane, crashed into two apartment blocks in Amsterdam, Netherlands. All 4 people on the plane and at least 39 on the ground were killed.

October 05: IBM launched its ThinkPad series of laptop computers.

October 06: Death of Denholm Elliott, British stage, film and television actor.

October 27: Microsoft released Windows for Workgroups 3.1.


40 Years (1977)

October 01: Brazilian football player Pelé officially retired, playing a final exhibition match at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

October 06: The Soviet Union’s Mikoyan MiG-29 jet fighter plane made its first flight.

October 13: Lufthansa Flight 181 (flying from Palma de Mallorca to Frankfurt, Germany) was hijacked over Marseilles, France by 4 Palestinians.

October 21: The European Patent Institute is founded.

October 21: The album Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf is released

 50 Years (1967)

October 02: Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American Associate Justice of US Supreme Court.

October 03: Death of Sir Malcolm Sargent, British conductor.

October 04: The Sultan of Brunei, Omar Ali Saifuddien III, abdicated. He was succeeded by his son, Hassanal Bolkiah.

October 08: Drink-drive laws came into effect in Britain and breathalysers were introduced.

October 09: Death of Che Guevara, iconic Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, guerilla leader, tactician and leftist martyr.

October 21: The Israeli destroyer INS Eilat was sunk by Egyptian missile boats in international waters off Sinai.

60 Years (1957)

October 04: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1 – the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.

October 14: Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first reigning monarch to open an annual session of the Canadian Parliament.

65 Years (1952)

October 07: American engineers Bernard Silver and Norman Joseph Woodland are granted a US patent for the first bar code system.


70 Years (1947)

October 05: U.S. President Harry S. Truman give the first televised presidential address from the White House.

October 20: The US and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations.

October 22: Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–1948 (also known as the First Kashmir War) begin.

October 30: 23 countries signed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). This led to the founding of the GATT international trade organization.

 75 Years (1942)

October 02: the British cruiser HMS Curacao sink after colliding with the liner RMS Queen Mary off Donegal, Ireland. 338 sailors were killed during World War II.

80 Years (1937)

October 15: Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not was published

90 Years (1927)

October 06: The US première of the film The Jazz Singer. It was the first full-length film with synchronised dialogue and marked the beginning of the sound era.

100 years (1917)

October 02: Birth of Christian de Duve, British-born Belgian cytologist and biochemist. Joint winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Physiology.

October 08: Birth of Rodney Robert Porter, British biochemist. Joint winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize for Physiology.

October 10: Birth of Thelonious Monk, renowned American jazz pianist and composer.

150 years (1867)

October 03: Death of Elias Howe, American inventor and sewing machine pioneer.

October 18: The USA took possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million

200 Years (1817)

October 17: Birth of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim philosopher, educator and social activist who led the revival of Indian Islam in the late 19th century. Founder of the Anglo-Mohammedan Oriental College at Aligarh.





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