I took a look at the timeline for World War I and I didn't really notice any noteworthy spike in intensity beginning in October.
I thought I would check it out to see if the JWs could point to some kind of ramp up in involvement or ferocity of attacks during that month of October in 1914, and thus in typical spin doctor fashion rationalize the October date for the end of the Gentile Times and the subsequent ouster of Satan from the heavens as accurate and pivitol.
It doesn't look like they would be able to do so - unless they propose that the first thing Satan did after being confined to the vicinity of the earth was to head to Canada and convince the normally peaceful Canadians to join in the battle and land troops in Britain.
Check it out.
June 28: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serbian activist.
• July 28: Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
• July 29: Russia, Serbia's ally, orders the mobilisation of troops.
• August 1: Germany, an ally of Austria-Hungary, declares war on Russia and demands the neutrality of Russia's ally France; France refuses and mobilises.
• August 3: Germany declares war on France.
• August 4: Germany invades neutral Belgium, as per the Schlieffen plan to knock-put France; Britain responds by declaring war on Germany.
• August: Britain begins a 'Distant Blockade' of Germany, cutting off vital resources; declarations continue throughout the month, with the British, French and Russian Empires on one side (the Entente Powers, or 'Allies'), and the German and Austro-Hungarian on the other (the Central Powers), until everyone is officially at war with their opponents.
• August 10 - September 1: Austrian invasion of Russian Poland.
• August 15: Russia invades East Prussia.
• August 18: The USA declares itself neutral.
• August 18: Russia invades Eastern Galicia, makes fast progress.
• August 23: Hindenburg and Ludendorff given command of the German Eastern Front.
• August 23/24: Battle of Mons, where British slow German advance.
• August 26 - 30: Battle of Tannenberg - Germany shatter the invading Russians.
• September 4 - 10: First Battle of the Marne halts German invasion of France.
• September 7 - 14: First Battle of the Masurian Lakes - Germany beats Russia again.
• September 9 - 14: The Great Retreat (1, WF), where German troops retreat back to the river Aisne; the German commander, Moltke, replaced by Falkenhayn.
• September 12 - October 24: First Battle of Aisne followed by the 'Race to the Sea', where Allied and German troops continually outflank each other to the north-west until they reach the North Sea coastline. (WF)
• September 15: Cited, maybe legendarily, as the day trenches are first dug on the Western Front.
• October 4: Joint German/Austro-Hungarian invasion of Russia.
• October 14: First Canadian Troops arrive in Britain.
• October 18 - November 12: First Battle of Ypres (WF).
• November 2: Russia declares war on Turkey.
• November 5: Turkey joins the Central Powers; Britain and France declare war on her.
• December 1 - 17: Battles of Limanowa, in which Austrian forces save their lines and prevent Russia attacking Vienna.
• December 21: First German air raid on Britain.
• December 25: Troops share an unofficial Christmas Truce in the Western Front trenches.