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The Month of November in History - Each Date Illustrated
November 01, this day is the start of International Save the Tiger Month. Work today to save the endangered species that provides one of our most memorable cereal characters: Tony the Tiger. It's grrrreat!
November 02, this day is the Soup Nazi's Birthday. In a 1995 episode of "Seinfeld," the Soup Nazi was first introduced to a starving world. Based on a real-life temperamental New York chef, this show was one of Seinfeld's greatest hits.
November 03, this day is National Housewife Day. On the birthday of comedian Roseanne Barr, famous as a housewife on her TV show, take a housewife out to lunch. Barr was born on November 3, 1953, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
November 04, this day is American Hostages Day. In 1979 Iranian militants took 62 American hostages from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. The hostages were not freed until January 20, 1981.
November 05, this day is the anniversary of the Two-Answer Crossword Puzzle. In 1996, the "New York Times" ran a crossword puzzle designed by Will Shortz that featured two possible answers for the middle of the grid (and accompanying cross grids): Clinton Elected or Bob Dole Elected (cat or bat, IRA or bra, etc).
November 06, this day is Moving Sign Day. In 1928, the world's first moving sign opened on the tower now known as One Times Square. The first message flashed on the sign was the results of the 1928 presidential election when Herbert Hoover defeated New York governor Al Smith.
November 07, this day is Air Cargo Day. As part of a publicity stunt for a Columbus store, a plane piloted by Philip Parmalee flew a package of 100 pounds of rose-colored silk from the Wright Brothers' airfield in Dayton, Ohio, to the Driving Park in Columbus, Ohio, on November 7, 1910.
November 08, this day is Hidden Falls Discovery Day. In 1998, the mythic great falls of Tibet's Tsangpo River was finally reached by Western explorers. They named the falls Hidden Falls. The falls until that time had been only seen by natives.
November 09, this day is the birthday of Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult (1948); Tom Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Rivival (1941); and Alan Gratzer of REO Speedwagon (1948). Celebrate the birthdays of this talented trio by listening to your favorite tunes!
November 10, that today is the anniversary of the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Memorialized in song, the ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank on this date in 1975 with all 29 of its crew. The ship vanished during a storm on Lake Superior.
November 11, this day is Veteran's Day. This day honors soldiers of all wars. It commemorates the day the Armistice was signed ending World War I in 1918. It's also known as Armistice Day, Victory Day, Remembrance Day (in Canada and Great Britain), Waffenstillstand Day, or World War I Memorial Day. Regardless of what you may call it, please remember to honor all soldiers... every day.
November 12, this day is Pro Football Player Day. In 1892, Pudge Heffelfinger was paid a cash bonus of $500 to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association, thus becoming the first professional football player. It's a long way away from $500 today...
November 13, this day is National Indian Pudding Day. This scrumptious recipe -- molasses, cornmeal, milk, butter, spices, eggs, and sometimes apples -- was first created by the colonists, who dreamed of the plum puddings of England but didn't have the correct ingredients to make it. They substituted Indian cornmeal for wheat flower, thus creating
the first Indian pudding. Celebrate your American heritage today; enjoy some pudding!
November 14, this day is U.S. Librarian Day. In 1732, Louis Timothee was hired in Philadelphia as the first professional librarian in the United States. Quick trivia: Louis was a prominent printer in the Colony of Pennsylvania and worked for Benjamin Franklin. Celebrate all librarians today!
November 15, this day is Godiva Chocolates in America Day. In 1966, Godiva Chocolates were introduced to Americans when they went on sale at Wanamaker's Department Stores in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Godiva Chocolates, named after Lady Godiva, were first developed by Joseph Draps in Brussels, Belgium. And, of course, we don't have to tell you how to celebrate this very special day!
November 16, this day is Hooked on a Feeling Day. Get hooked on a feeling today as you celebrate the 1968 release of B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling." Trivia fans: The song was written by Mark James, who also wrote Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds."
November 17, this day is World Peace Day. Drive with your headlights on as a public demonstration for peace, and think about peace as you go through your daily activities. Or take a few moments to hold hands in a circle and meditate together for peace for a few minutes.
November 18, this day is the anniversary of Superman's Death. In the 1992 Superman comics #75, Superman died in a battle with Doomsday. He later was resurrected. Quick bit of trivia: During the time he spent recovering in the Fortress of Solitude, his hair grew to shoulder length. He kept his hair long and this was how he was depicted for much of his appearances in the 1990s comics. But before his wedding with Lois, he cut his hair.
November 19, this day is Puerto Rico Discovery Day (1493)? When Christopher Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico during his second voyage, he named it San Juan Bautista, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Fun trivia facts: The best selling flag in New York City is the Puerto Rican flag, and the longest swimming pool in the world is located at the Cerromar hotel in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
November 20, this day is the birthday of A Bug's Life. In 1998, Walt Disney's cartoon movie "A Bug's Life" was released. Try not to bug anyone today. Well, OK, maybe just a little...
November 21, this day is the anniversary of The Bixby Letter. In1864, Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to Lydia Bixby, a Boston widow who had lost five sons in the Civil War. That letter, featured in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" movie, became known as one of the most beautiful letters ever written.
November 22, this day is the birthday of the Humane Society (1954). Founded in Washington, D.C., it's the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. A nice bit of trivia: During Hurricane Katrina, the HSUS joined other organizations in a massive search-and-rescue effort that saved approximately 10,000 animals, and raised more than $34 million for direct relief, reconstruction, and recovery in the Gulf Coast region.
November 23, this day is International Thespian's Day. Thespis of Icaria became the first man to speak words as an actor in a written play. He supposedly introduced a new style of play called a tragedy. On November 23, 534 BC, competitions to find the best tragedy were instituted in Athens, and Thespis won the first documented competition. Celebrate all thespians (actors and actresses) today!
November 24, this day is Tasmania Discovery Day. In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the island of Tasmania. Located 150 miles south of Australia, its most infamous inhabitant is the Tasmanian Devil, a carnivorous marsupial the size of a small dog.
November 25, this day, besides being Thanksgiving in the US (Happy Thanksgiving!), is Maximum Speed Limit Day. In 1973, the maximum speed limit in the U.S. was cut to 55 mph as an energy conservation measure. It lasted until 1995.
November 26, this day is the anniversary of the Casablanca Movie Premiere. One of the best movies of all time, "Casablanca" starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It premiered at the Hollywood Theater in New York City on November 26, 1942, just weeks after the Allies landed in Casablanca. Here's looking at you, babe!
November 27, this day is the birthday of Buffalo Bob Smith. Robert Schmidt, who later starred as Buffalo Bob Smith on the "Howdy Doody Show," was born on November 27, 1917. On the show, Buffalo Bob mixed songs, stories and slapstick comedy with the practical lessons of life, reminding a generation of baby boomers to brush their teeth, look both ways before crossing the street and be kind to their pets. Here's to you, Buffalo Bob!
November 28, this day is the birthday of the Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on Nashville station WSM in 1925. It started as WSM Barn Dance but later took the name Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Complex was flooded May 3, 2010, in the worst Middle Tennessee floods in more than 100 years. Meanwhile, the Opry show didn't miss a beat, playing on May 4 at one of its former homes, Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium.
November 29, this day is the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. In 1989, the Parliament of the Czech Republic voted unanimously to end the 41 years of communist monopoly on political power. The Velvet Revolution (so-called because of its relatively peaceful nature) was another sign of the ebbing fortunes of communism in Eastern Europe.
November 30, this day is Rodomontade Day. This is a day to boast and brag. You don't have to be obnoxious about it, but do it enough to raise your self-esteem. Be proud of what you do well!