November 19

November 19 is the 324th day of the year

Have a Bad Day Day According to Days of the, it was created for people who work in a customer service environment and are sick of saying “have a nice day”, and those who are equally sick of hearing it. In the nicest possible way, wish everyone a bad day.

World Toilet Day

International Men’s Day

Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, patron saint of charities for the poor and of bakers.

The United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain signed Jay’s Treaty in 1794, which attempted to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

Lewis & Clark reached the Pacific Ocean on November 19, 1805, becoming the first European-Americans to cross continent.

Garfield's birthday, November 19Birthday of James Abram Garfield, (November 19, 1831) twentieth president of the U.S. Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other. In 1877 he said:

Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature …

On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

1953 – US Supreme Court ruled (7-2) in Toolson v. New York Yankees that baseball is a sport not a business, and therefore not subject to antitrust laws.


November 18

November 18 is the 323rd day of the year.

National Apple Cider Day

According to legend, William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head on this date in 1307.

Birthday of Louis Jacques Daguerre (November 18, 1789), French inventor of the “daguerreotype” method of producing permanent pictures.

Mark Twain’s short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was published in the New York Saturday Press. on November 18, 1865.

Birthday of Clarence Shepard Day ((November 18, 1874), American author of “Life With Father”, a book famous in the late 1930’s, made into a movie in 1947.

In 1883, American and Canadian railroads instituted five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

died November 18Death of Chester Alan Arthur, twenty-first President of the United States (November 18, 1886). He became President upon the death of James Garfield. Arthur died in New York City at age 57. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and never regained consciousness.

In 1926, George Bernard Shaw refused to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying,

“I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.”

Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie in 1928, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.

United States President John F. Kennedy sent 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam in 1961.

In 1966, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule forbidding the eating of meat on Fridays.

In Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, including over 270 children.


November 17

November 17 is the 322nd day of the year.

National Baklava Day

Feast of Saint Hilda, patron saint of business and professional women.

Elizabethan era begins: Queen Mary I of England died on this date in 1558 and was succeeded by her half-sister, Elizabeth I of England.

Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C., in 1880 in the partially completed Capitol building.

From Today in Science
In 1869, the Suez Canal in Egypt was opened with a ceremony attended by the French Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III). The 100-mile long canal cuts across the Isthmus of Suez, thus linking the Mediterranean and the Red Seas, and providing a direct transportation route for trade between Europe and Asia. Its construction was accomplished by the French engineer, Ferdinand de Lesseps. As a former French consul to Cairo, de Lesseps had made an agreement (1854) with the Ottoman governor of Egypt, enabling the Suez Canal Company to be formed (1856) with the rights to construct and operate the canal for 99 years. Digging began 24 Apr 1859, by hand, with forced labour. Progress improved with European mechanical dredgers and steam shovels, but was delayed by labour disputes and a cholera epidemic. His later started work on the Panama Canal.

1933 – United States recognized Soviet Union, opening trade.

November 16

November 16 is the 321st day of the year.

National Fast Food Day

From Today in Science
In 1620, the first corn (maize) found in the U.S. by British settlers was discovered in Provincetown, Mass., by sixteen desperately hungry Pilgrims led by Myles Standish, William Bradford, Stephen Hopkins, and Edward Tilley at a place they named Corn Hill. The food came from a previously harvested cache belonging to a local Indian tribe. This corn provided a much needed supply of food which saw the Pilgrims through their first winter in the New World. A commemorative plaque placed on Corn Hill quotes in part “And sure it was God’s good providence that we found this corn for else we know not how we should have done.”

1849 – A Russian court sentenced writer Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group. At the last moment, a note from Tsar Nicholas I was delivered to the scene of the firing squad, commuting the sentence to ten years’ hard labor in Siberia. Dostoevsky’s seizures, which may have started in 1839, increased in frequency in Siberia, and he was diagnosed with epilepsy. On his release, he was forced to serve as a soldier, before being discharged on grounds of ill health. He survived until 1881. Dostoevsky was the author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov.

Birthday of William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873), American composer called the “Father of the Blues”

Oklahoma became the United States 46th state in 1907

  • Capital: Oklahoma City
  • Nickname: Sooner State
  • Bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher
  • Flower: Mistletoe
  • Tree: Redbud
  • Motto: Labor conquers all things

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Trivia:: Although the film, Oklahoma, was initially to have been shot on location in the title state, the producers opted to shoot elsewhere, apparently because the oil wells would be a distraction for exterior scenes. Location shooting was done mostly in Nogales, Arizona. The corn field in the opening number as well as the reprise song, “Surrey With the Fringe On Top” was shot at the historic Canoa Ranch in Green Valley, Arizona. The train station used in the “Kansas City” routine was located in Elgin, Arizona.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway in 1959.

In 2010, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel was convicted on 11 of 13 charges related to financial misconduct, prompting fellow lawmakers to censure the 80-year-old New York Democrat.

November 15

November 15 is the 320th day of the year.

Clean Your Refrigerator Day

America Recycles Day

National Bundt Cake Day The shape of the Bundt pan was originally inspired by the traditional European fruit cake known as Gugelhupf.

National Philanthropy Day

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day, a cookie spiced with cinnamon, cloves, allspice and/or nutmeg and filled with raisins, nuts and dates. Soft and chewy, these cookies are sure to put a smile on the face of all who taste them.

Feast day of Saint Albertus Magnus, patron saint of scholars, students, medical technologists, and scientists.

Feast day of Saint Leopold, (called Fasslrutschen in Austria), patron of large families and of Austria.

The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation in 1777, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.

In 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike saw a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Originally called “El Capitán” by Spanish explorers, the mountain was renamed Pike’s Peak. The Arapaho name is heey-otoyoo’ (“long mountain”).)

Jefferson MemorialIn Washington, D.C. on November 15, 1939, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial. It was completed in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.


November 14

November 14 is the 319th day of the year

World Diabetes Day

Operating Room Nurse Day

National Guacamole Day

Birthday of Robert Fulton (November 14, 1765), American civil engineer and inventor famous for the development of the steamboat.

Death of Georg Wilhelm Hegel (Nov 14, 1831), German philosopher, and a major figure in German Idealism. His dying words were “Only one man understood me and he didn’t understand.”

Birthday of Claude Monet (November 14, 1840), French landscape painter, founder of French impressionist painting.

“Moby Dick,” by Herman Melville, published in 1851.

In 1889, pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completed the trip in 72 days.

From 2201 Fascinating Facts by David Louis, published by Greenwich House, New York, 1983

Mamie Eisenhower, born November 14, 1896Birthday of Mamie Eisenhower (November 14, 1896), wife of Dwight Eisenhower; first lady 1953-1961.

Birthday of Prince Charles (November 14, 1948), Prince of Wales, (Charles Philip Arthur George), is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. He married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and they had two sons: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (born 1982), and Prince Harry (born 1984). In 1996, the couple divorced. Diana died in a car crash the following year. In 2005, Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who uses the title Duchess of Cornwall.

Birthday of Condoleezza Rice, (November 14, 1954) American political scientist and diplomat; former Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration.

Birthday of Curt Schilling, (November 14,1966), baseball pitcher. He helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in 1993 and won World Series championships in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2004 and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox.


November 13

November 13 is the 318th day of the year

National Indian Pudding Day; Indian Pudding is made with cornmeal, milk and molasses.

World Kindness Day; to remember that little acts of kindness can have a big impact.

Feast of St. Diego Alacala, patron saint of San Diego.

Sadie Hawkins Day, invented by Alfred Gerald Capp for his comic strip “Li’l Abner” on which day the spinsters of Dogpatch might pursue the unattached males. Sadie was said to be “the homeliest gal in them hills”.

On November 13, 1553, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer and four others, including Lady Jane Grey, were accused of high treason and sentenced to death under Catholic Queen “Bloody” Mary I.

November 13, 1850 birthBirthday of Robert Louis Stevenson (November 13, 1850), Scottish novelist and poet famous for writing “Treasure Island”, “A Child’s Garden of Verses”, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and many more.

Stevenson had always wanted his ‘Requiem’ inscribed on his tomb:

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

1851 – The Denny Party landed at Alki Point, the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington.

War on Terrorism 2001: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.


November 12

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, where you are going.

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

Sebastian Viscaino landed at and named San Diego, California. in 1602.

Letitia Tyler, November 12, 1790Birthday of Letitia Christian Tyler (November 12, 1790), wife of John Tyler, first lady 1841 until her death in 1842. She made her only public appearance in the White House at the wedding of her daughter, Elizabeth. Letitia and John Tyler had eight children. Following her death, John Tyler married Julia Gardiner and had an additional seven children.

Jules Leotard perfomed the first flying trapeze circus act in Paris in 1859. He also popularised the one-piece gym wear that now bears his name and inspired the 1867 song “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”

Leon Trotsky expelled from Soviet CP in 1927; Joseph Stalin became undisputed dictator.

In California, the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic in 1936.

1946 – Walt Disney’s “Song Of South” released in 1946. It was based on the Uncle Remus stories. Introduced the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” as well as characters Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear. The film received much critical attention for its handling of race. According to Wikipedia:

At the same time, however, some black press had mixed reactions on what they thought of Song of the South. While Richard B. Dier in The Afro-American was “thoroughly disgusted” by the film for being “as vicious a piece of propaganda for white supremacy as Hollywood ever produced,” Herman Hill in The Pittsburgh Courier felt that Song of the South would “prove of inestimable goodwill in the furthering of interracial relations”, and considered criticisms of the film to be “unadulterated hogwash symptomatic of the unfortunate racial neurosis that seems to be gripping so many of our humorless brethren these days.”

Ellis Island closed in 1954 after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.


November 11

Young Readers Day

National Sundae Day

Feast day of Saint Martin of Tours, patron saint of soldiers, horsemen, tailors, beggars, and reformed drunkards. Special guardian of vine growers, tavern keepers, harvest foods, and festivals. Celebrated in the Netherlands as Beggar’s Day.

November 11 – At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The Allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead and continue to do so by marking a 1–2 minute silence at 11 am on November 11 each year. The time of the remembrance is also known as the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

End of World War I related observances:

Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia)
Independence Day, commemorates the anniversary of Poland’s assumption of independent statehood in 1918 (Poland)
Remembrance Day (United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia and Canada)
Veterans Day, called Armistice Day until 1954, when the holiday was rededicated to be in honor of American military, naval, and Air Force, veterans. (United States)

Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “body politick” in 1620.

November 11, 1744, Abigail AdamsBirthday of Abigail Smith Adams (November 11, 1744), wife of John Adams, second President of the United States; first lady from 1797-1801. Mother of John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States.

Birthday of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821) , Russian novelist famed for “The Brothers Karamazov” and “Crime and Punishment”

Former slave Nat Turner, who had led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Va. in 1831.

Birthday of George Patton, (Nov. 11, 1885), the famous World War II American military officer.

Washington State Day, 1889, forty-second state

  • Capital: Olympia
  • Nickname: Evergreen State
  • Bird: Willow goldfinch
  • Flower: Coast rhododendron
  • Tree:Western Hemlock
  • Unofficial Motto: “Al-ki”, meaning “by and by” in Chinook Jargon

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Tomb on the Unknown SoldierAnniversary of the burial of the Unknown Soldier at the Tomb of the Unknowns in 1921 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The tomb is guarded by soldiers of the United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment. The first 24-hour guard was posted on midnight, July 2, 1937. The Tomb of the Unknowns has been guarded continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since that time. Inclement weather, terrorist attacks, etc, do not cause the watch to cease.

The U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese army, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War in 1972.

The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests in 1992.


November 10

November 10 is the 314th day of the year

Forget-Me-Not Day, get in touch with family and friends that we haven’t seen in awhile.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Birthday of Martin Luther (November 10, 1483), German religious reformer, born in Eisleben, Germany, beginner of the Protestant Reformation.

Birthday of Oliver Goldsmith (November 10, 1730), Irish author of “She Stoops to Conquer” and “The Vicar of Wakefield”.

United States Marine Corps Birthday, founded in 1775.

In 1871, journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting:

“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on network radio in 1938.

1942 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, discussing the recent victory over Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt, said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

The U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated in Arlington, Va in 1954.

“Sesame Street” debuted on PBS in 1969.

From Today in Science
In 1885, the world’s first motorcycle, designed by Gottlieb Daimler, made its first significant test-run. Daimler’s 17-year-old son, Paul, travelled from Cannstatt to Unterturkheim and back. Their “Reitwagen” had a wooden frame and wheels. A leather drive belt ran between the engine and large brass gears on the rear wheel. With no suspension on the wheels, the leather saddle gave a very uncomfortable ride, at a speed up to 12 km/hr. The single cylinder engine had a bore of 58mm, stroke of 100mm and a displacement of 264cc’s. The engine gave 0.5hp at 700 rpm. Two very much smaller, spring-mounted outrigger wheels provided some stability. This was built as an experimental vehicle to test the new Daimler engine in a proof of concept, which was to power Daimler’s first motorized carriage the following year.