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These featured pictures have previously appeared (or will appear) as picture of the day (POTD) on the Main Page, as scheduled below. You can add the automatically updating picture of the day to your userpage or talk page using {{Pic of the day}} (version with blurb) or {{POTD}} (version without blurb). For instructions on how to make custom POTD layouts, see Wikipedia:Picture of the day.



October 1 – Tue

Kristina Inhof (born 1 October 1988)Photograph credit: Julia Engel

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Ruth Muskrat Bronson (October 3, 1897 – June 12, 1982)National Photo Company; Restoration: Adam Cuerden

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October 4 – Fri

Buster KeatonPhotograph: Bain News Service; Restoration: Fallschirmjäger

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Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. This image, from a Daguerreotype, is one of a very few known photographs of him.Unknown photographer, restored by Yann and Adam Cuerden

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October 8 – Tue

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October 9 – Wed

Pierre Gaveaux (9 October 1761 – 5 February 1825)Illustration: Edmé Quenedey des Ricets; Restoration: Adam Cuerden

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October 10 – Thu

A second-issue 5¢ ($0.05) note of U.S. fractional currency. Released between 10 October 1863 and 23 February 1867. Though not legal tender, postage currency could be exchanged for United States Notes in $5 lots and was receivable in payment of all dues to the United States, up to $5. Three more issues followed before fractional currency was discontinued in 1876.

Other denominations: 10¢, 25¢, 50¢Banknote: National Banknote Company & the Treasury Department (image courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History)

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October 13 – Sun

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October 14 – Mon

Roundhay Garden Scene is a short silent actuality film recorded by French inventor Louis Le Prince on 14 October 1888. Filmed at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, Leeds, in the north of England, the footage is believed to be the oldest surviving film in existence.Film: Louis Le Prince

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October 15 – Tue

William H. Crook (October 15, 1839 – March 13, 1915)Photograph: Frances Benjamin Johnston. Restoration: Adam Cuerden.

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October 16 – Wed

Girton College is one of the 31 constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, established on this day, one hundred and fifty years ago by Emily Davies, Barbara Bodichon and Lady Stanley of Alderley as the first women's college in Cambridge. In 1948, it was granted full college status by the university, marking the official admittance of women to the university. In 1976, it was the first Cambridge women's college to become coeducational.Detroit Publishing Co., restored by Adam Cuerden

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October 17 – Thu

Garden locust (Acanthacris ruficornis). In the 1870s, the largest locust swarm in history was recorded in the USA and was estimated to contain over 12 trillion (12,000,000,000,000) locusts.Photograph: Charles J. Sharp

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October 22 – Tue

John Sherman (May 10, 1823 – October 22, 1900) was an American congressman and senator from Ohio during the Civil War and into the late nineteenth century. He was the principal author of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison. His brothers included General William Tecumseh Sherman, Judge Charles Taylor Sherman, and Hoyt Sherman, an Iowa banker. As a Republican senator, he worked on legislation to restore the nation's credit abroad and produce a stable, gold-backed currency at home. Serving as Secretary of the Treasury in the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes, Sherman helped to end wartime inflationary measures and to oversee the law allowing dollars to be redeemed for gold. He returned to the Senate after his term expired, continuing his work on financial legislation, as well as writing and debating laws on immigration, business competition law, and interstate commerce. In 1897, he was appointed Secretary of State by President William McKinley, but due to failing health, he retired in 1898 at the start of the Spanish–American War.

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October 23 – Wed

Hurricane Patricia (pictured on 23 October 2015)Photograph: NASA

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