Month-Long Celebration:
  • National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Good Nutirtion Month
  • Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
  • Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month
  • COPD Awareness Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Pomegranate Month in the United States
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • Aviation History Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Real Jewelry Month
  • National Sleep Comfort Month

Week-Long Celebrations:
  • Week 1 - Chemistry Week
  • Week 3 - Game and Puzzle Week

Daily Celebrations:
  • November 1st - All Saints Day
    The Christian holiday of All Saint's Day honors and recognizes all of the saints of the Christian
    church, many of which were martyrs. The church sets this day aside to celebrate over 10,000
    recognized saints. Historically, All Saints Day was known as Hallomas.
    All Saints Day and All Souls Day was originally in May. They were moved to November 1st and 2nd
    to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween (All Hallow's Eve) and Dia De Loss Muertos.  Religious
    leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright. But, if moved the
    Christian holidays to this time periods, the pagan holidays would slowly die away.

  • November 1st - All Saints' Day (Philippines)
    All Saints' Day is a celebration of all Christian saints, particularly those who have no special
    feast days of their own, in many Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches. In many
    western churches, it is annually held November 1 and in many eastern churches it is celebrated on
    the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All
    Hallows' Day.
    All Saints' Day is observed by Christians in many countries around the world. In countries such as
    Spain, Portugal and Mexico, offerings are made on this day. In countries such as Belgium, Hungary
    and Italy people bring flowers to the graves of dead relatives. In other parts of Europe, such as
    Austria, Croatia, Poland, and Romania, it is customary to light candles on top of visiting graves of
    deceased relatives. It is also observed in parts of Asia, such as the Philippines, where people visit
    graves of deceased relatives and clean or repair them. They also lay flowers on the graves and
    light candles.
    In France church services in memory of all the saints are held on November 1 but by the evening
    the focus turns towards the dead. Cemeteries everywhere are crowded with people who come to
    clean and decorate family graves. All Saints' Day is closely tied with All Souls' Day, held on
    November 2, which is dedicated to prayers of the dead who are not yet glorified.

  • November 1st - Day of the Leaders of the Bulgarian National Revival (aka National Enlighteners
    Day)
    Bulgaria's native culture is rich and ancient, but at one time, it seemed in danger of being lost
    forever. Bulgaria was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for almost five centuries, and the
    Empire's Turkish authorities suppressed any expression of unity or national pride by the Bulgarian
    people. Bulgaria had poor schools and no other institutions in place to protect and preserve its
    heritage. Under such conditions, the country's traditional culture could not thrive.
    National pride and unity were greatly reinforced by these efforts, which are credited with paving
    the way to successful opposition to Ottoman rule. On November 1, Bulgaria celebrates a national
    holiday to honor and remember those visionaries who did so much to establish a sense of national
    pride and to lay the foundation for Bulgarian liberation. The holiday was declared official in 1922,
    but was suspended in 1945 after Bulgaria came under Communist rule, as part of the former
    Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, celebration was resumed in 1990 and
    made official again in 1995.

  • November 1st - First Day of Winter (Ireland)
    The idea that November 1st is the beginning of Winter is also shown in the Welsh terms for
    Halloween (Nos Galan Gaeaf or Gŵyl Calan Gaeaf) and for November First (Calan Gaeaf). As you
    might expect, “nos” is “night” in Welsh. Gŵyl is “festival” and is related to the Irish “féile”
    (despite only having one letter in common!) and both are related to the Latin “vigilia.”
    “Calan Gaeaf” means “the first day of winter.” It comes from “calan,” (first day of a month, like
    “Calan Mai;” related to Calends, calendar, etc.) and “gaeaf.” “Gaeaf” is pronounced like English
    “guy” + “of,” with the final “f” like a “v,” or silent (for once I’m just using English analogies rather
    than phonetics or my phonetics “rough guide” since it seems more straightforward for this case).

  • November 1st - November Day (Celtic tradition named in the Irish Calendar, where the month is
    called Mí na Samhna)
    Once upon a time, on a cold fogy November evening of 2006, two friends needed to escape their
    Winter-depression, which was creeping upon them that evening. After a couple of warming drinks
    and inspiring discussions at their local Pub, they gave birth to the idea of founding an Irish-Band.
    It should not be just a simple Folk Band. No, they wanted to sing about the History of Ireland, so
    it had to be more of a Irish Tranditional & Rebel Band.  They both already shared the interest
    for Ireland, it’s history, it’s people and of course it’s Music.  Through a good mate, the idea was
    also very strongly linked to Celtic Fc, the Irish Footballteam of Glasgow.
    Originally, it was intended to be a One-Man-Show. But, the warming drinks and the cozy
    athmosphere of the Pub started to take effect. So they concluded to found the Band MI NA
    SAMHNA together. (The name is irish-gaelic for “November”).

  • November 1st - Day of The Dead
    Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico
    and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to
    pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in
    Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on
    November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day
    (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the
    deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and
    visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

  • November 2nd - All Soul's Day (Date varies)
    The Christian holiday of All Soul's Day pays respect and remembers the souls of all friends and
    loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may
    be received into heaven. Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin.
    Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the
    pearly gates of heaven. All Souls Day was started in 1998.
    Often people will pray to their lost loved ones and even ask for special favors.
    All Souls Day is sometimes called the "Day of the Dead".

  • November 2nd - Look for Circles Day
    Look For Circles Day is a day to set out and search for circles. We suspect you will find them
    everywhere. Looking for circles is a lot like swimming in a round pool.  With lots of splashing, you
    go around and around, but you go absolutely nowhere.
    We hope you spend this day looking for circles and we are sure you will find plenty.  Have a
    circular-titious route to a happy and fun filled Look For Circles Day!

  • November 2nd - Deviled Egg Day
    National Deviled Eggs Day is a day to devour as many deviled eggs as you possibly can.  Although
    we have not been able to find the creator of this day, it can be assumed that it was created to
    make notice of deviled eggs as well as making and eating them.  Either you can find a restaurant
    that serves deviled eggs, or you can make them yourself.
    Make plans on getting your fill of Deviled Eggs on National Deviled Eggs Day!
    Deviled Eggs Recipe: This is a basic deviled egg recipe. You can do all sorts of variations. Try
    adding chives to the egg yolk mixture, or instead of bacon bits, put a green olive (whole or sliced)
    on top of each egg.
    Deviled eggs recipe:
    Ingredients:
     6 hard boiled eggs, chilled, peeled and cut lengthwise
     1/4 cup mayonnaise
     1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
     salt and pepper to taste
     real bacon bits
     paprika
    Carefully scoop yolks out of egg halves
    Set egg white halves aside on a plate or a piece of waxed paper
    In a bowl, mix together with a fork the egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, and a dash of salt and
    pepper
    Fill the empty egg whites with the egg yolk mixture
    Sprinkle a few bacon bits on top of each egg
    Sprinkle a little paprika over the egg for effect
    Set finished eggs onto a serving dish
    Serve chilled
    (Yields 12 halves)

  • November 3rd - Housewife's Day
    Housewife Day recognizes the importance of stay-at-home wives and moms.  These wonderful,
    caring creatures, build and enrich strong family environments.  They help to instill family values
    and good character.
    Housewife is an old term.  It hails back to the days when one income could support the family in a
    manner of comfort.  It was also a time when women did not have equal rights.  While these days
    are long gone women views of working or staying at home, fall on both sides of the fence.  The
    decision to be a "housewife", or stay at home mom, is still preferred by many.  Unfortunately,
    income needs often necessitate going to work. Today, we celebrate and thank all of the ladies who
    choose to stay home and tend to the house and family!
    Some husbands celebrate this day by honoring their wives and thanking her for staying home for
    the family during the child rearing years; without a doubt, our children grew up much better for
    it. And, I benefited by the many sacrifices she made by staying home.
    Housewife Day is also referred to as "Retro" Housewife Day.
    Flower of the Day: Lavender
    Recipe of the Day: Pumpkin Roll
    Although we are not able to locate the originator of this special day, we can suspect a housewife
    created this day.  By their very nature, housewives tend to stay out of the spotlight, and if a
    housewife indeed created this day, it would be typical of her not to take credit.  The other likely
    creator is a husband.  In this event, he simply wants to tell the world how lucky he is to have her.

  • November 3rd - Sandwich Day
    The archives of English history reports that John Montagu was the "4th Earl of Sandwich."  
    Among other things, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was a heavy gambler.  Montagu often spent many
    long hours in London's gambling parlors.  In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat
    between two pieces of bread. This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of
    time. Obviously, the sandwich was named after him.
    We invite you to bite into your favorite sandwich, for today is Sandwich Day.  The sandwich is
    truly a great creation. Sandwiches are a daily luncheon staple for millions of Americans.
    We know a lot about the sandwich, how it was created and who it was named for, however we did
    not find any information on who created Sandwich Day or when it was first celebrated.  
    Nonetheless, we are certainly grateful for the sandwich, and agree it deserves this special day of
    recognition!
    Celebrate this special day by eating your sandwich of choice - consuming them at every meal!  Be
    bold and daring, and try a new sandwich, but do not forget to wash your hands first.
    Happy Sandwich Day!

  • November 4th - King Tut Day
    King Tut Day celebrates the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's Tomb.
    Over 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamen became the King of Egypt at the age of 9. He died at
    the age of 19. He is commonly called "King Tut". The tomb of Egypt's "child king" was discovered
    on November 4, 1922. The tomb was discovered nearly intact in Egypt's Valley of Kings.
    King Tut's rule lasted a short nine years, from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C. The cause of his death is
    uncertain. Murder and an innocent accident are the two main theories.
    Celebrate this day by spending a little time with your nose in the Egyptian history books; learning
    more about King Tut, along with the culture and times of Ancient Egypt.
    Happy King Tut Day!

  • November 5th - Gunpowder Day (aka Guy Fawkes Day and Gunpowder Day)
    Guy Fawkes Day and Gunpowder Day are the same and commemorates the infamous Gunpowder
    Conspiracy of 1605 in England. It was led by, you guessed it, Guy Fawkes.
    In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting
    Catholics in the country. He forbid Catholics from practicing their religion ,and punished Catholics
    who did not convert to the Protestant church.
    The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who sought to act against the king. They
    plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. They planned to do so, when the king and his
    supporters were in the buildings. Their plot was uncovered on November 5, 1605. Thirty-six
    barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the leader of the
    conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. He was arrested just as he was about
    to ignite the gunpowder.
    The people in England celebrate Gunpowder Day with fireworks and bonfires.
    Although we know the origin of the cause for this special day, we do not know when this special
    day began to be celebrated, but can assume it most likely began in the 1600s.

  • November 6, 2012, Tuesday - Election Day
    As President Barack Obama sits down for another four years, it is time for the world to
    celebrate, as America now has a chance to save herself.
    Over the years, some of us have voted for a Republican, but their lack of compassion was a
    turnoff.  When we needed them to help the guy who was - due to know fault of his own - down on
    his luck, they turned their noses up and opposed him.  It is our beliefs that it is no way to say
    you love America when America includes ALL of The People in the United States of America.
    Although we are aware that the disrespect for President Obama will continue, we feel that The
    People have let it be known that they are too tired and not going to take it any more.
    However, it should be noted that the presidential election is not as important as elections for
    Congress and the Senate.
    If you have not mailed your ballot, be sure to be in line at the polls before 7:00PM tonight!
    HAPPY VOTING!

  • November 6th - Marooned without a Compass Day
    Which direction will you take on Marooned Without a Compass Day?
    If you are like me and find yourself going around in circles, feel hopeless and lost, not knowing
    where I am and clueless, then this day is especially for you.
    Being marooned without a compass for a day could be a good thing, as it cuts into our busy
    lifestyles, leaving time for us to stop and just relax.  Today, we can just kick back and enjoy
    being marooned, as tomorrow will come soon enough to continue a fast-paced life.
    Happy Marooned Without a Compass Day!

  • November 6th - Saxophone Day
    The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument. It is an essential instrument in jazz bands,
    symphonic bands, marching bands and more. It is only fitting that this great instrument has a day
    of recognition.  The sax is made of brass.
    The Saxophone was invented around 1840. Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musical instrument maker,
    created it. Adophe Sax invented 8 types of saxophones: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor,
    Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass
    Saxophone.
    A 9th type of Saxophone, the Soprillo Saxophone, was invented in 2004. It is the smallest
    Saxophone.
    Some famous Saxophone Players:
     John Coltrane
     Stan Getz
     Coleman Randolph Hawkins "Hawk"
     James Moody
     Charlie "The Bird" Parker
     Lester Prez Young
    It is apparent why this day is celebrated today, as Adophe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone,
    was born on this day in 1814.
    Happy Saxophone Day!

  • November 7th - Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
    Chocolate is a vegetable, made from cocoa beans.  Almonds are good for you, as they help to
    improve your Cholesterol levels.  So, bittersweet chocolate with almonds is good for you, right!?
    On this special day, we will not question this logic...will you?
    Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

  • November 8th - Cook Something Bold Day
    Cook Something Bold Day is a copyrighted holiday. It was created and is provided, courtesy of the
    great folks at Wellcat.com.
    According to it's creator, Wellcat.com, Cook Something Bold Day is designed to encourage us to
    cook something bold and daring, that will fill up the house with warm, "homey" odors. It is
    celebrated in the month of November, as houses are closed up for the winter, and capture the
    cooking smells.
    We hope you cook up a storm today, and have a very happy Cook Something Bold Day!

  • November 8th - Dunce Day
    Dunce Day celebrates the term "Dunce" and dunce caps.  Dunce Day is all about learning. So, lets
    get right to it and learn about dunce caps and the creator of dunce caps.
    Today marks the death (November 8, 1308) of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland.  
    Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland was a medieval scholar. Perceptions of his views ranged from
    brilliant to less than complimentary. Duns Scotus believed that cone shaped hats increased learning
    potential. He believed knowledge would flow from the point of the cap, down and into the head of
    the wearer, making that person smarter. About all this accomplished over time, was the
    perception of a person wearing a dunce cap to be a dunce. There was a positive side to his use of
    dunce caps. It motivated the wearer to learn more, so he could be rid of the cap. Scholar critics
    of his work derived the term "dunce" from his name and place of birth.
    Although we know the origin of the term "dunce" and the dunce cap, we do not know when this
    special day was first celebrated.  However, you can celebrate this day by putting on a Dunce Cap
    and have a very smart and educational Dunce Day!

  • November 9th - Chaos Never Dies Day
    Chaos Never Dies Day recognizes the turmoil in modern, everyday life. Just when things seem to
    calm down at work and home, along comes something to disrupt your life. Yes, disorder is
    everywhere. Hectic schedules, changes to plans, unexpected tasks and chores, the list goes on and
    on and on.
    Chaos Never Dies Day recognizes the chaos in your life. You can best celebrate this day, by
    recognizing that chaos never dies, but rather a way of life. You can partake in this special day,
    by putting just a little order back into your life. You can start, by picking one thing that is really
    disrupting your life, and change it for the better.  On the bright side, if you think your life is
    chaotic today, just wait until the holiday season arrives.
    Click HERE to learn about a scientific Chaos Theory.
    The creator of this day is unknown, but most likely their life was so chaotic, that he failed to
    document it.
    We hope you have a calm and serene Chaos Never Dies Day!

  • November 10th - USMC Day
    USMC Day celebrates the birth of the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps were
    created during the Revolutionary War.
    The Continental Congress of the newly created United States of America, authorized the creation
    of the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. It was later renamed the U.S. Marine Corps
    and is often abbreviated as USMC.
    The Marine Corps has proudly participated in every war that has involved the United States.
    If you see a Marine today, thank them for their contributions to protecting our country. Active or
    retired, they deserve our thanks and appreciation.
    United States Marine Corps' birthday!: The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of
    the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the
    mobility of the United States Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces rapidly.  It is one of
    seven uniformed services of the United States. In the civilian leadership structure of the United
    States military, the Marine Corps is a component of the United States Department of the Navy,
    often working closely with U.S. naval forces for training, transportation, and logistic purposes;
    however, in the military leadership structure the Marine Corps is a separate branch.

  • November 10th - Forget-Me-Not Day
    Forget-Me-Not Day is a day to remember family, friends, and loved ones.
    People use this day to get in touch with family, friends and loved ones, especially those who we
    have not seen in a while. You don't want them to forget you, do you!? This day is intended to
    remember the living. But, some people have used it to memorialize a loved one who is no longer
    with us.
    Here are some great ways to celebrate National Forget Me Not Day:
     Send Forget Me Not Day Ecards to everyone on your email address book
     Send Forget Me Not flowers to people you have not seen in a while
     Give Forget Me Not flower seed packets to family and friends. This is very popular. The seed
    packets are very inexpensive and easy to mail
     Phone people you haven't seen in a while and wish them a happy National Forget Me Not Day.
    (They will get the message.)
    Flower of the Day: Forget-Me-Nots

  • November 10th - National Heroes Day (Indonesia)
    The title of National Hero of Indonesia (Indonesian: Pahlawan Nasional Indonesia) is awarded by
    the government of Indonesia to people considered to have made a significant contribution to the
    fight for independence or the development of the nation.
    The tradition of officially naming people Indonesian National Heroes began in the time of President
    Sukarno. The first person awarded the title was Abdul Muis via Presidential Decision No. 18/1959
    issued on August 30, 1959. With seven new National Heroes in November 2011, the total number
    was 156.
    There are four types of National Hero:
     National Independence Hero: the term used during the administration of President Sukarno
     National Hero: used since the beginning of President Suharto's administration
     Proclamation Hero: awarded to Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta, who proclaimed Indonesian
    independence
     Heroes of the Revolution: awarded to people killed by the September 30th Movement in 1965.

  • November 11th - Veterans Day
    Veteran's Day honors all members of the Armed Forces who served this country valiantly, and in a
    very big way.  They served and fought to protect us, to keep our country safe, and to preserve
    our way of life. Veterans gave their time, and risked their lives for you and me. In some cases,
    they made the ultimate sacrifice.
    This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954,
    President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran's Day in honor of those who served and died from all
    wars.
    On November 11 at 11:11, 1921 the U.S. France and England each buried an unknown soldier in
    honor of those who died in World War I. This began the annual Armistice Day holiday. The time
    and day was picked because fighting ceased in WWI in 1918 on November 11 at 11:11. In
    keeping with this tradition, work stops on this day and time each year for a moment of silence.
    Veterans Day is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our Country, but also to
    recognize those who continue to serve today.
    Americans are encouraged to say thank you to those who fulfill this patriotic duty to maintain the
    freedoms of our Country. This year, Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, falls on a Sunday.
    There are numerous events across Colorado in the week leading up to the holiday, as well as
    events on the day itself. Be sure to check your local listings for Veteran Day celebrations in your
    area. In doing so, we can show our soldiers how much we appreciate them for their service - both
    past and present.
    The date of November 11th became a national holiday of remembrance in many of the victorious
    allied nations - a day to commemorate the loss of so many lives in the war. In the United States,
    President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. A few years later, in
    1926, Congress passed a resolution calling on the President to observe each November 11th as a
    day of remembrance:
    Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary,
    and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of
    peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed; and
    Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with
    thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual
    understanding between nations; and
    Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to
    be a  legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives
    concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling
    upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November
    11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or
    other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
    Click HERE for Veteran's Day Craft Projects
    Veterans, do not forget to ask for your well deserved discounts at your local restaurants such as
    Applebees, Texas Roadhouse and Famous Dave's BBQ. Additionally, there are free movies at your
    local movie theaters, and discounts at your local grocery stores, coffee and donut shops as well as
    U.S. Forest Service Centers. There are free car washes and gasoline discounts at places such as
    Water Way and Autawash and other car wash outlets, along with free legal assistance to
    veterans, service members and their families from The Colorado Bar Association.
    Check your local listings for job expos that may include the US Forest Service, Target, Denver's
    RTD, Hire Smart, Soft Tech Solutions, Excelsior Youth Center, Global Technology Resources, KBC
    Advanced Technologies and Evolver. Call 303-623-2372 for additional information.
    Colorado State University loves all Veterans and will host a free breakfast.
    For additional information, click HERE.
    For free counseling and claim-filing assistance, call 303-914-5570.

  • November 11th - Remembrance Day
    In the Commonwealth of Nations and various European countries including France and Belgium to
    commemorate World War I and other wars. It is known as Veterans Day in the United States.
    Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in
    Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed
    forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as
    special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is
    observed on November 11th to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918.
    Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance
    with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and
    5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)
    World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.
    The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of
    remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.  This was
    possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who
    established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.
    The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem
    "In Flanders Fields".  These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in
    World War I, their brilliant red color an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

  • November 11th - Poland Independence Day
    Restoration of Poland's independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Russia, Prussia, and
    Austria.
    National Independence Day (Polish: Narodowe Święto Niepodległości) is a public holiday in Poland
    celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of Poland's assumption of
    independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partition by Russia, Prussia and Austria.
    The foundation of the Second Polish Republic is considered a key event by many Poles.  The
    process of restoration of Poland's independence was gradual; the date chosen is the one on which
    Józef Piłsudski assumed control of Poland. The Independence Day was constituted in 1937 and was
    celebrated only twice before World War II. In the People's Republic of Poland (PRL) the national
    holiday was moved to July 22 the day the PKWN Manifesto was issued. In 1989 the Independence
    Day was moved back to November 11.

  • November 11th - Saint Maartens Day
    Netherlands; a Dutch version of Halloween which gets celebrated with home-made lanterns and
    singing songs for candy.
    Saint Martin's Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Martin, Martinstag or Martinmas, the Feast
    of Saint Martin of Tours or Martin le Miséricordieux, is a time for feasting celebrations. This is
    the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed, and the annual slaughter of fattened cattle
    produced "Martinmas beef". Historically, hiring fairs were held where farm laborers would seek
    new posts. November 11 is the feast day of Saint. Martin of Tours, who started out as a Roman
    soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a kind man
    who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in
    half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. That
    night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. Martin heard
    Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed
    me."

  • November 12th - Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
    Chicken Soup for the Soul Day was created by Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc.  Quite
    obviously, this day was created for commercial reasons.  Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is a
    celebration that is all about you.  According to the creators of the book series of the same name,
    Chicken Soup for the Soul Day was created as ".... a celebration of who you are, where you've
    been, where you're going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!"
    We suggest you take this day as a celebration of the value and healing of chicken soup, especially
    mom's chicken soul.  Chicken soup has long been seen as remedial for colds, flues, and just about
    anything that ails you. You cannot find that healing in a can, but only in homemade chicken soup.
    Have a happy Chicken Soup for the Soul Day!

  • November 13th - National Indian Pudding Day
    National Indian Pudding Day is a day to enjoy puddings created by Native American Indians.
    It seems appropriate to hold this day in mid November, as we approach Thanksgiving. Native
    American Indians were very much a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. It is quite likely that
    these puddings were served, and enjoyed, at that first Thanksgiving.
    American Indian puddings are defined as a number of recipes of Native American Indian origin.  
    Generally, they include molasses and cornmeal, and backed apples were often an ingredient.
    Although this today is noted as a National holiday, we have yet to find neither any congressional
    records nor the creator of this day.
    Make sure to enjoy your American heritage, and a dish or bowl of Indian pudding, as you celebrate
    National Indian Pudding Day.

  • November 13th - World Kindness Day
    World Kindness Day evolved from a series of conferences in 1996-1997 in Japan by a group known
    as the World Kindness Movement.  These conferences brought together groups interested in
    promoting more kindness around the world.  It culminated in the "Declaration of Kindness" on
    November 13,1997.  With this declaration, a new and very special day was born.
    World Kindness Day encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world.
    According to the World Kindness Movement website, World Kindness Day is intended to "build a
    kinder and more compassionate world".
    Use today as an opportunity to be kind to family, friends, neighbors, and others. You will find
    kindness rubs off on others, and generates even more kindness.
    February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day.
    I cannot understand why there is only ONE day to celebrate World Kindness Day, nonetheless, I
    am glad someone thought about it.
    It is easy to celebrate World Kindness Day, just be kind today and every day and see if it
    catches on.

  • November 13th - Sadie Hawkins Day
    Sadie Hawkins Day was originated from a cartoon, and began in Al Capp's "Lil Abner Cartoon in
    the 1930's.  In the cartoon series, the mayor of Dogpatch was desperate to marry off his
    displeasing looking daughter, so he created Sadie Hawkin's Day.  On this day, a race was held and
    all the single men were given a short head start.  If a woman catches her man, he had to marry
    her.
    Sadie Hawkins Day races and events grew in popularity during the course of All Capp's long running
    cartoon.  This cartoon made holiday largely died out after 40 years when the cartoon was
    discontinued.  However, I remember going to the Sadie Hawkins Dance while in High School.

  • November 14th - Operating Room Nurse Day
    The roots of this special day traces back to Iowa.  On November 14, 1989, Iowa Governor Terry
    Branstad established Operating Room Nurse Day.
    Operating Room Nurse Day honors those important nurses, who care for patients before, during
    and immediately after surgery.  It is a very important role, during a period where a patient's
    comfort and life is in another person's hands.
    Show your thanks and appreciation to Operating Room Nurses by sending them a note of thanks.

  • November 14th -World Diabetes Day
    World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes - its escalating rates around the world
    and how to prevent the illness in most cases. Started by the International Diabetes Federation
    (IDF) and WHO, the Day is celebrated on 14 November to mark the birthday of Frederick
    Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-
    saving treatment for diabetes patients.
    WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely
    to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low and
    middle-income countries.

  • November 14th - Children's Day in India
    (The birthdate of first Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru)
    In India, the Children's Day is celebrated on 14 November, the birthday of the country's first
    Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) by
    the kids, emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to children, who he saw as the
    bright future of India.
    Many functions are organized in schools, offices and other organizations. Most schools hold cultural
    performances on this day, run by the children themselves. Teachers also get involved, and may
    perform songs and dances for their students. The State and the Central governments also make it
    a point to showcase Children's films as part of Film festivals organized in many parts of the
    country on this date. All over the country, various cultural, social, institutions conduct competitions
    for children. Children's Day is seen as a day for the kids to engage in fun.

  • November 15th - America Recycles Day
    America Recycles Day encourages us to recycle, and use products made from recycled material.  
    By recycling, it sends less material to the waste stream, and it results in consuming less of our
    precious and limited natural resources.
    According to the National Recycling Coalition America Recycles Day "is dedicated to encouraging
    Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products".
    Recycling is not difficult, as all you have to do is set aside containers for your recyclable goods
    and arrange for pickup.
    Use this special day to create awareness of the importance of recycling, and to increase recycling.
    The world will thank you for it. Even if you practice recycling today, there is probably more you
    can do and you are encouraged to look around your home, workplace or school and identify ways you
    can practice recycling. Take an active role in encouraging others to recycle, too.
    The Boy Scouts of America has the right slogan for this topic: "Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle".
    According to a presidential proclamation by President George W. Bush, each person in America
    produces about four pounds of waste every day!
    President George W. Bush issued a presidential proclamation declaring November 15, 2004 as
    America Recycles Day. The roots of this day does back to 1997.
    Stephen M. Roberts in Austin, Texas says:  "America Recycles Day was created in 1997 by Kevin
    Tuerff and Valerie Davis of EnviroMedia. It was based on the successful Texas Recycles Day
    program and brought together state recycling coordinators from throughout the country, along with
    the US EPA, the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, the National Recycling Coalition,
    the USPS, and the Steel Recycling Institute, among others. The day was created to raise
    awareness of the need to recycle and to buy products made from recycled-content materials –
    thus completing the loop."

  • November 15th - National Philanthropy Day
    National Philanthropy Day dates back to 1985 and appears to have been created at that time, by
    the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
    Over the course of history, Philanthropists have made great contributions to those in need, and to
    worthy causes.
    According to the official National Philanthropy Day website, this day is set aside to "recognize and
    pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the
    philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world."
    Great philanthropist are known in history for their many and frequent monetary contributions, big
    and small. Many of them do so in a quite way, not looking for recognition.  While we commonly view
    Philanthropy as a monetary contribution, the voluntary efforts at fundraising is also within the
    definition of philanthropy. If you have little extra money to contribute, you can turn your labor
    effort into charitable cash contributions by participating in fundraisers, thus making you a
    Philanthropist!

  • November 15th - Clean Your Refrigerator Day
    Whatever is in the back of your refrigerator, it is smelling so bad, that you have to hold your
    breath each time you open it.  Eww!  At one time, everything in your refrigerator was once a
    fresh, healthy food, ready for your consumption. It may have been a tasty leftover, intended for
    later enjoyment, but unfortunately over the course of weeks or more, things get pushed to the
    back of the refrigerator and slowly transform into something impossible to identify.
    Celebrate Clean Your Refrigerator Day by cleaning it from bottom and bottom to top.  When it
    comes to food safety, remember the old adage, "When in doubt, throw it out!"
    Although we have yet to find the creator of this day, it does seem fitting at this time of the
    year to clean the refrigerator in time for Thanksgiving.

  • November 16th - Button Day
    Buttons come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. There is an amazingly endless
    variety of buttons for your collection.
    It is unclear as to why this day is recognized, as it can mean a celebration of the variety of
    buttons, wear a multitude of buttons and/or collect buttons.  Either way, you can celebrate this
    day by collecting them and make a collage with your family and share the art with your friends.
    Since we do not know the true meaning by the creation of this day, you can do any of the following:
     Button Collecting and Display Day - collect and display clothing buttons
     Button Up Day- 'cause it's cold outside!
     Pushing Your Buttons Day - you're kidding me, aren't you!?
     Belly Button Day - now, here's one that could be real fun
     Belly Button Fuzz Day - it is amazing what you find in there
     Wear Buttons Day - skip the political buttons. My favorite is a Smiley button.
    However you choose to celebrate, have a Happy Button Day!

  • November 16th - Have a Party With Your Bear Day
    Hopefully your Teddy Bear is a real "party bear" because today is Have a Party With Your Bear
    Day, and what a swell day it is going to be!  Today, your bear and you get to have a "bear
    Celebration.  So, get out the party banners and balloons, make a cake, invite all of your teddy
    bears and their human friends, too, and let the party begin!
    Other days to spend with your Teddy Bear:
    Teddy Bear Picnic Day
    Winnie the Pooh Day
    Teddy Bear Day
    Have a happy Party With Your Bear Day!

  • November 17th - World Peace Day
    World Peace Day appears to be a grass roots effort and was started by Don Morris of Miami
    Florida in 1997.  Don was also known as "Peace guy"; a pretty good alias!  Don Morris encourages
    us as individuals, to play a role in making the world a better place and believes it starts with us.  
    He suggests we teach our children and others, in ways to promote peace, and avoid war.  He also
    invites us to write our county's leadership about our support for peace and world harmony, as
    without peace, the consequences is tragic.
    World Peace Day encourages us to be kind to others and teach others to be peaceful.  Please do
    your part to promote peace on this day. If we all act on this issue, we theoretically could make
    war and strife obsolete.

  • November 17th - The Leonids meteor shower reaches its peak around November 17
    The Leonid meteor shower has produced some of the most spectacular meteor displays in history,
    but it is unfortunately periodic in nature.
    The Leonids generally begin on November 13 and end on November 21, with maximum generally
    occurring during the night of Novemer 17/18. The Leonids are barely detectable on the beginning
    and ending dates, but observers are generally treated to displays of about 10 meteors per hour on
    the night of maximum. About every 33 years, the Leonids enter a phase of enhanced activity that
    accompanies the return of its parent comet. During these periods, rates can amount to hundreds
    and even thousands of meteors per hour. The last such enhanced period occurred during the period
    of 1998-2002 and the Leonids have been winding down ever since.
    There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Leonids. The
    Leonids move very fast. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backwards. If you end up at
    Leo then you have probably seen a Leonid meteor!

  • November 17th - Electronic Greeting Card Day
    Electronic Greeting Card Day is today so you can send E-cards to everyone you know.  Most people
    love to send and receive E-cards, as they are fun as well as free!  So, hop on an electronic
    greeting card site and send a few animated cards today.  However, do not just limit the fun to
    today, as online greeting card sites have cards for every day of the year.
    Start the celebration by getting the ball rolling and send out E-cards, and then you will find that
    many of the recipients will send you one back.

  • November 17th - Homemade Bread Day
    Bakers of the world, rise up and bake some bread, for today is Homemade Bread Day!
    It appears that the Homemade Bread Day Committee of Montague, Mi, sponsors this special day.
    Although their website is unknown, we have yet to uncover more information about this special day.
    Bread has been made for thousands of years and it is estimated date its origin back to 5000
    10,000 B.C. Modern day lifestyles has relegated homemade bread to the world of specialty
    baking and holiday baking.  People just do not have time to bake home made bread anymore, so we
    quickly "run" to bakeries and grocery stores for our bread needs.  The arrival of automatic bread-
    makers has created a small resurgence of home made breads, especially specialty breads.
    The purpose of this day is easy to understand: make home made bread and encourage others to
    make tasty and nutritious bread.  So, take a little time out of your busy day and make some
    bread; your nose, your taste buds, and your whole family will be glad you did.
    Click HERE for a Homemade Bread Recipe.
    Happy Homemade Bread Day!

  • November 17th - Take A Hike Day
    Take a Hike Day is today.  Walking, and hiking is an excellent way to get exercise, and get into
    shape. Hikes are distinguished from walks, in that they are taken in the woods, hills, mountains,
    or somewhere else in a nature setting.  Hikes not only give you exercise, they also provide scenic
    sites and vistas, that are good for relaxation of the mind and soul.
    There is some reference to this as National Tell Your Boss to Take a Hike Day. We think it likely
    evolved out of Take a Hike Day. We have found no factual information whatsoever, on this
    derivation of Take a Hike Day. We also believe that telling your boss to "take a hike", may not
    be healthy to your employment situation.
    Some people have suggested that this day be used to tell someone to "take a hike". We leave this
    use of this interpretation up to the reader!  However, it is our belief that we should use this
    special day to take a hike, alone or with others.  You will be glad you did.

  • November 18th - Latvian Independence Day
    Latvian nationalism came to light in second half of 19. century. It was known as “New Latvian”
    movement, which was formed from young Latvian students and intellectuals. Abolishing of serfdom
    made opportunities for Latvians to get education. Education is seed of national growth. Latvians
    gathered in unions, made their own schools and organized cultural activities. Because of success of
    national unions Russian enforced Russification suffered defeat. Latvians spoke in Latvian actively
    and became politically active. However in last decade of 19. century left ideology was also present
    in Latvia. Such persons as Jānis Pleikšāns (Rainis) and Peteris Stučka was main socialist leaders of
    that time.
    The revolution in 1905. was first sign of Latvian national awaking. Although the main force in
    revolution was Latvian social-democrats whole revolution was made against foreign oppression. The
    attacks on German mansions and calls for Latvian autonomy had national character. Next crucial
    point was First world war. In 1915. German army invaded Latvian territory. 567 000 people fled
    Latvia to Russia. It was a catastrophic situation when half of Latvian population left their
    homeland. Nationally minded refugees organized self-support committees in all Russia. Only Jewish
    refugees were more organized than Latvians. German army stopped near Riga and stayed there
    until 1917. To fight Germans Latvians organized national rifleman regiments. Latvians gathered
    under Russian banner to protect their land. This was a birth of Latvian national military.

  • November 19th - International Men's Day
    International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on November 19.
    Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, the day and its events find support from a variety of
    individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
    Speaking on behalf of UNESCO, Director of Women and Culture of Peace Ingeborg Breines said of
    IMD, "This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance." She added that UNESCO
    was looking forward to cooperating with the organizers.
    The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day include focusing on men's and boys'
    health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role
    models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their
    achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family,
    marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic
    humanitarian values.
    International Men's Day is celebrated in over 60 countries, including Trinidad and Tobago,
    Jamaica, Australia, India, China, United States, Romania, Singapore, Malta, United Kingdom,
    South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Hungary, Ireland, Ghana, Canada, Denmark,
    Norway, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Pakistan, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts
    and Nevis, St. Lucia, Grenada and Cayman Islands, on 19 November, and global support for the
    celebration is broad.

  • November 19th - Discovery to the Eastern World of Puerto Rico by Christopher Columbus on
    November 19, 1493
    Taíno glossary/index.shtml - araw Indians who inhabited the territory, called the island Boriken
    or Borinquen which means: "the great land of the valiant and noble Lord" or "land of the great
    lords".
    Today this word -used in various modifications- is still popularly used to designate the people and
    island of Puerto Rico. The Taíno Indians, who came from South America, inhabited the major
    portion of the island when the Spaniards arrived. The Taíno Indians, lived in small villages,
    organized in clans and led by a Cacique, or chief. They were a peaceful people who, with a limited
    knowledge of agriculture, lived on such domesticated tropical crops as pineapples, cassava, and
    sweet potatoes supplemented by seafood.

  • November 19th - Have a Bad Day Day
    Have a Bad Day Day is a copyrighted holiday and was created and is provided, courtesy of the
    great folks at Wellcat.com.
    As we began to research this day, we expected to find that this day was intended to recognize
    that everybody has a bad day once in a while.  Au Contraire!!!!
    Believe it or not, Have a Bad Day Day was created to encourage us to wish people to have a bad
    day.  The intent is to have sales people stop saying to their customers "have a good day", and
    replace it with "have a bad day".
    At this point, we must remind you that we do not create special days or their meaning.  We only
    report to you those that exist and this is truly the meaning and intent of this day, as stated by
    the creator.
    So, in keeping with the intent of this day, we hope you Have a Bad Day!

  • November 20th - Universal Children's Day
    If you ever want to get confused about when a holiday is held, this is the one.  We have done
    extensive research, and have found that there are several Children's Day observances around the
    world.
     Universal Children's Day: Observed on November 20th each year. In 1954, the UN General
    Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Universal Children's Day on an
    "appropriate" day. We are not sure, but perhaps each country did.....at various different dates
    during the year. The resolution was adopted on November 20, 1954.
     International Children's Day: The second Sunday in December. This is a joint initiative between
    UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is a day when
    broadcasters "tune in to kids".
     World Children's Day: Always November 20th. This is a day McDonald's uses as a fundraiser
    for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The first official WCD was held on November 20th, 2002
    and was celebrated around the world as a way to celebrate children and benefit RMHC chapters
    around the world. This now annual celebration is officially held on November 20th each year,
    however fundraising opportunities often extend beyond the day.
     Children's Day in Japan: This is a national holiday in Japan celebrated on May 5th.  Started in
    1948, Children's Day is a festive day to celebrate your child's life. The holiday is believed to
    have begun in china where they would hang medicinal herbs to ward off childhood diseases. In
    Japan, it is often celebrated by giving children kites and hanging streamers.  In Japan, the
    Children's Festival was originally called the "Boy's Festival" while the girls had the "Doll Festival".
     Children's Day in other countries is celebrated in other countries, often on different dates and
    with varying customs.
    Regardless, have a great celebratory Children's Day with family and friends!

  • November 20th - Beautiful Day
    Wow, they made a day just for me!!!!
    Today is truly a Beautiful Day in every way, shape and form. The world is filled with ugliness, so
    a day like today is refreshing, and eye-appealing, and is filled with beautiful sights, sounds and
    smells.
    We have yet to find the creator of this beautiful day, but here is part fact, part speculative
    reasons this day was created:
     A song by the band U2 is titled Beautiful Day
     The Beautiful Day monster appeared on Ed Sullivan and later Sesame Street. The monster
    created mayhem and chaos, in his attempt to ruin a beautiful day
     Its creator wanted to create and enjoy the perfect, beautiful day
     The Beach Boys song It's a Beautiful Day
    However or whatever your beliefs, we have decided to just kick back and enjoy this beautiful,
    God given day!
    Have a lovely Happy Beautiful Day!

  • November 20th - Absurdity Day
    Isn't it totally absurd? Crazy or not, Absurdity Day is staring you right in the face.
    Some days are truly illogical and senseless, exactly the definition of Absurdity Day. So, by intent
    error, or just through surfing the net, you have stumbled upon this special, senseless day; how
    absurd!
    Celebrate this day in an absurd manner. Do not sit back waiting for something absurd to happen.
    Rather, seek out things to do that are somewhat, if not wholly, illogical. Have fun with it, but
    whatever you do, do not try to make sense with it.
    Have a wonderful, mind boggling and absurd Absurdity Day!

  • November 20th - Día de la Revolución aka Revolution Day (Mexico)
    November 20th is Revolution Day in Mexico. The day commemorates the beginning of the Mexican
    revolution that ran from 1910 to 1920. The revolution was begun by the arm struggle against
    dictator/president José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori called for by Francisco Madero.
    November 20th is in fact the holiday however, like many other countries when the holiday falls on
    a weekend the following Monday will be celebrated as a holiday. This year expect banks,
    government offices and many businesses to be closed on Monday November 21, 2011. Major
    shopping chains are usually open.

    Transgender Day of Remembrance has occurred on November 20 each year in the United States
    since 1999.
    Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to
    memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of
    transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued
    violence endured by the transgender community.
    The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a
    transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in
    Allston, Massachusetts.

  • November 20th - Day of National Sovereignty (Argentina)
    The Day of National Sovereignty is a national public holiday of Argentina, celebrated during
    November 20. It commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado, when a small Argentine army
    stood against an Anglo-French navy that broke into the Paraná River, against the will of the
    Argentine Confederation. Although the battle itself ended with an Argentine defeat, the losses of
    Britain and France in the whole military campaign were so high that they both surrendered to Juan
    Manuel de Rosas. It was enacted as a national observance in 1974, following a request from the
    revisionist historian José María Rosa, and promoted into a national holiday in 2010.

  • November 21st - World Hello Day
    This holiday is celebrated virtually all over the world.
    Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, and a
    graduate of Harvard University created world Hello Day in 1973. They continue to promote this
    global event.  World Hello Day was created during the 1973 conflict between Egypt and Israel.
    The creators of this day, Brian McCormack and Michael McCormack believe your efforts can help
    to promote global peace. They believe it starts with communications, hence the greeting to ten
    people.
    The objective of World Hello Day is to promote world peace. The theme of this day is "Greet ten
    people for peace". It is really easy to participate in World Hello Day: Simply, say hello to the
    people today, and then voice your concern for world peace.
    So, let us all make a difference. Get out on the streets today, and say "Hello" to at least ten
    people.
    For more information, visit the creators' website, World Hello Day.

  • November 21st - False Confession Day
    False Confession Day is today. I bet you have been waiting for this day with eager anticipation.
    For some unknown, yet wacky reason, the creator of this day thought it would be fun to encourage
    false confessions.
    Did you do it or not?  If you did, mum's the word for today. However, if you did not do it, then
    today is your day to offer up a false confession.
    Caution: While this day sounds like a lot of fun, use caution while participating, as a false
    confession can get you in a heap of trouble in a hurry.  So, please do not make any false
    confession that will cause injury or harm to you or others.
    Here are a couple of our do's and don't's as examples:
     Do not falsely confess to a crime
     Do not falsely report someone lost, killed or injured
     Do not falsely confess a relationship or love affair
     Do confess to kissing your dog on the lips
    Have a happy False Confession Day.

  • November 22nd - Go For a Ride Day
    Go For a Ride Day is today.  What a splendid time you will have!
    As the holidays approach, life becomes chaotic, and perhaps a bit stressful.  Take a breather,
    and go for a relaxing ride. You do not need a destination to enjoy this day, but you certainly can
    bring family or friends along for company.
    The means of transportation can be anything. Sure, a car, bus, or motorcycle ride may
    immediately come to mind, but here are some other ideas that may prove more fun than the
    family vehicle:
     Take a sleigh ride
     Ride a horse
     Ride a horse-drawn carriage
     Snowmobile rides are always "cool"
     A bicycle is a great, way to ride and exercise
     A boat ride, if your are a warmer climate
     A plane ride to a sunny vacation spot
    Whatever your means of transportation, have a happy Go For a Ride Day!

  • November 22nd - Independence Day (Lebanon)
    The Lebanese Independence Day, on November 22, 1943, is a national day celebrated in
    remembrance of the liberation from the French Mandate which was exercised over Lebanese soil
    for over 23 years.

  • November 23rd - Eat a Cranberry Day
    Eat a bunch of cranberries, as they are good for you.
    Native to North America, cranberries are grown in bogs, and are primarily grown in New England.
    When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they found Native Americans harvesting them, and
    eating them. Native Americans also used them as dyes for clothing, and for medicinal purposes.
    Have a wonderful Eat a Cranberry Day!

  • November 23rd - National Cashew Day
    The plain, or salty truth of it, is that today is National Cashew Day - a nutty day, if there ever
    was one.
    Celebrate this day by eating cashews. Eat them any way you like: plain or salted, as a snack or in
    a recipe. Eating them is all there is to participating in National Cashew Day.
    We believe that this day will truly be all that's its cracked up to be. In a nutshell, this day is a
    lot of fun.

  • November 23rd - Rudolf Maister day in Slovenia
    Rudolf Maister (Vojanov) (29 March 1874 – 26 July 1934) was a Slovene military officer, poet
    and political activist. The soldiers who fought under Maister's command in northern Slovenia
    became known as "Maister's fighters" (Slovene: Maistrovi borci). Maister was also an accomplished
    poet and self-taught painter.

  • November 24th - Lachit Divas
    Lachit Divas is celebrated statewide in Assam, India, to commemorate the heroism of the great
    general Lachit Borphukan and the victory of the Assamese army over the Mughal army at the
    battle of Saraighat in 1671.

  • November 25th - National Parfait Day
    A parfait consists of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits.
    Yes, it is basically a fancy word for a sundae, and it is usually served in a fancy glass.
    Celebrate this day by eating Parfaits. While chocolate is by far the favorite, use your imagination
    to create a wide range of single and mixed flavors.
    Savor your favorite flavor of parfait, as you enjoy National Parfait Day.

  • November 25th - Suriname celebrates its Independence
    Suriname, officially the Republic of Suriname, alternatively spelled Surinam, is a country in
    northern South America. It borders French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the
    south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. Suriname was first colonized by the British, and
    captured by the Dutch in 1667, who governed it as Dutch Guiana until 1954. The country of
    Suriname achieved independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 25 November 1975.  
    Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles, and the Netherlands itself have cooperated on a basis of
    equality since 1954.

  • November 26th - Thanksgiving (4th Thursday) (Celebrated in the United States and Puerto Rico)
    The first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Pilgrims and the Indians in 1621.  That first
    feast was a three day affair.  Life for the early settlers was difficult.  The fall harvest was
    time for celebration.  It was also a time of prayer, thanking God for a good crop.  The Pilgrims
    and the Indians created a huge feast including a wide variety of animals and fowl, as well as
    fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest.  This early celebration was the start of today's
    holiday celebration.  Like then, we celebrate with a huge feast.
    Today, most of us enjoy Turkey with "all the trimming".  The "trimming" include a wide variety of
    foods that are a tradition for your family.  Those traditional foods often replicate the foods at
    the first Thanksgiving feast.  While others, are traditional ethnic or religious group's recipe, or a
    special food item that your family always serves at Thanksgiving dinner.  Then, to top it off,
    pumpkin pies, apple pies, an even mince meat pies are bountiful around the table.  American
    Thanksgiving traditions revolve around a huge and lavish meal, usually with Turkey as the
    centerpiece.  For those who do not like Turkey, a Roast or Prime Rib is common.  
    Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving.  Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to
    North America.
    As tradition has it in most families, a special prayer of thanks precedes the meal.  In many
    homes, family members will each mention something they are very thankful for.
    After the first Thanksgiving, the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early
    1800's.  It was usually celebrated in late September or October.  In 1941, Congress made it a
    national holiday and set the date as the fourth Thursday in November.
    HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING!!!!!!

  • November 26th - Shopping Reminder Day
    Shopping Reminder Day is today. On your mark! Get Set. Go Shop!
    If we all heed this reminder, there is no doubt the mall and stores will be mobbed. There is no
    shortage of fun, crazy, wacky and special days. Some of them are a little "wackier" than others
    are. As we pondered this special day, we realized if you need a special day this time of year, to
    remind you to do your holiday shopping, then it is not just this special day that is a little wacky…
    So, just in case you were not thinking about it, please remember to do your holiday shopping.
    We did not find any information about the origin of this special day, when it began or who
    originated it, but suspect this day has its roots in Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and
    the busiest shopping day of the year.
    Internet sites are almost evenly split, as to the date of this special day. Almost one half lists it
    on the 25th. With the other half recording it on the 26th, and a very slight majority have it on
    the 26th.  Therefore, without any insight from the creator of this day, we go with the majority
    on the 26th.
    Whatever your means of transportation, have a happy Shopping Reminder Day.

  • November 27th - Buy Nothing Day (day after Thanksgiving)
    The brainchild of Ted Dave from Vancouver Canada, a group called Ad-busters promotes this
    special day, and was first celebrated in 1992.
    Buy Nothing Day is a 24-hour moratorium on holiday shopping, and was created as protest against
    the commercialism of this most sacred of holidays.
    This holiday is celebrated in Canada, the United States, and some European countries.
    If you are tired of the commercialism of Christmas, then this special day is for you.  Aside from
    abstaining from shopping on this day, we suggest you reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas
    and remember what this season is really all about.

  • November 27th - Black Friday
    Black Friday or Retail Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It is one of the two busiest
    shopping days of the year. In case you did not know, the other busiest shopping day is the day
    after Christmas when throngs of shoppers, on holiday vacation, mob the stores to use gift
    certificates they received, and to exchange merchandise.
    Why Black? In the world of accountants, red signifies a loss, and black signifies a profit. For
    many retailers, the Christmas holiday sales season represents one half to three quarters of their
    annual sales. Often, retailers are losing money , until holiday sales begin. Holiday sales formally
    begin on the day after Thanksgiving. So, Black Friday represents that turning point from a loss
    towards big profits!
    While retailers appreciate your hard-earned dollars, we need to hold on for one minute and learn
    a lesson or two from financial guru Ms. Melanie Hobbson:
     Toys are cheapest right before Christmas, not on Black Friday
     Televisions are cheapest during the months of December and February
     There is no reason to stand in long lines on "Black Friday" when most stores already have "price
    matches". Therefore, you will find the cheapest price when matching/beating another store's price
     Seventy percent of "Black Friday" deals are found online
     Originally, "Cyber Monday" was created because people did not have high speed internet at
    home, so they would go to work and shop on line, thus the name "Cyber Monday." Since most
    people currently have high speed internet at home, there is no reason to wait for "Cyber Monday"
    to find the best deal, as you can find the best deal online any day of the week.

  • November 27th - Pins and Needles Day
    The real origin of this special day goes back to the labor movement in the 1930s. The pro-labor
    Broadway musical Pins and Needles, opened on this day in 1937, at the Labor Stage Theater in
    New York City. Harold Rome wrote this play. The International Ladies Garment Workers' Union
    produced it. Union members made up the cast. It ran for 1108 performances, once holding the
    record for longevity.
    The real purpose of Pins and Needles Day is to commemorate the opening of the pro-Labor play
    Pins and Needles on Broadway on this day in 1937. Over decades of time, people lost track of the
    original meaning of this day.
    Today, most people look upon Pins and Needles Day, as a nervous and anxious day. It is a day of
    eager anticipation, as we await an event or for something to happen. One could argue that kids
    are on pins and needles from now until Christmas, as they nervously wonder if they have been good
    enough to receive a visit from Santa in a few weeks.
    Of all the special days on the calendar, this is a nerve-racking day. You are on pins and needles
    until that special future event successfully unfolds, and if it does not, well we will just think
    positively.
    We hope you have a happy, calm, and relaxing Pins and Needles Day!

  • November 28th - Red Planet Day
    Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28,1964.
    The 228-day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14,
    1965.
    The planet Mars is referred to as the "Red Planet" because it appears red in color. Red Planet
    Day honors our celestial neighbor, the fourth planet in the solar system.
    Is Mars truly red in color? Scientists debated this question, even after the Mars Rovers landed
    and began to explore the planet. The lenses used to take photos are tinted.
    On Red Planet Day, take a few minutes to look upwards into the sky, and gaze at our neighbor.
    Hopefully, you will have a cloudless night sky for viewing and able to recognize this day by reading
    up about Mars, and viewing pictures of it.  (There are plenty of pictures online.)
    Basic Facts about Mars:
     Fourth Planet from the Sun
     Mars gets it's name from the Greek word "Ares", the God of War
     Often visible to the naked eye
     Distance from the Sun: average 136,764,000 miles
     Rotation around the Sun: 687 days
     Rotation period: 1.026 Earth days
     Gravity: 1/3 of Earth
     Size: 7th largest planet, about 1/10th the mass of Earth
     Moons: none
     Temperature range(F): -207 to +81 degrees

  • November 28th - Make Your Own Head Day
    Make Your Own Head Day is today. The only rule that we can think of is that the head must be
    your own, so get started, so we can see how good of an artist you are!
    This is a crafty day. It is very popular in grade schools, and art classes where you can make your
    own head. You can use clay, paper mache, draw or sketch your head. You can make a picture with
    paint, charcoal, or crayon. Be creative and add a hat to your head.
    Happy Make Your Own Head Day!

  • November 28th - Albanian Independence Day
    The initial sparks of the first Balkan War in 1912 were ignited by the Albanian uprising between
    1908 and 1910, which were directed at opposing the Young Turk policies of consolidation of the
    Ottoman Empire. Following the eventual weakening of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans, Serbia,
    Greece and Bulgaria declared war and sought to aggrandize their respective boundaries on the
    remaining territories of the Empire. The territory of what is now Albania was invaded by Serbia
    in the north and Greece in the south, restricting the country to only a patch of land around the
    southern coastal city of Vlora. The uprisings of 1910-1912, and the Montenegrin, Serbian, and
    Greek invasion of Albania, led to the proclamation of independence by Ismail Qemali in Vlora, on
    November 28, 1912. The independence was recognized by the Conference of London on July 29,
    1913.

  • November 29th - Square Dance Day
    As a child, I remember we used to do square dancing in our classroom and recall how much fun I
    had.
    Today is a great chance to get out and "Dosey Do" with your partner, as it is indeed  Square
    Dance Day!
    English, Irish, and Scottish settlers brought square dancing to the U.S. As it evolved in the U.S.,
    a caller was added to help dancers stay in step. It remains popular among southern and western
    rural areas, and with senior citizens.
    Couples square dance in circles or square formations. Square dancing is lively, quick and lots fun
    while getting some exercise. Medical sites and journals speak to its health benefits for people of
    all ages.
    The U.S. Square Dancing History can be found HERE!

  • November 30th - Bonifacio Day (Philippines)
    Bravery is an act of courage to fight for something you believe is right. A lot of people have given
    their lives as a way of fighting for pride and glory for the Philippine Islands, they are called
    Philippine heroes.
    The Philippine heroes are the people that have fought for freedom and independence. Many of the
    Philippine heroes were revolutionaries in the fight for independence against Spain. One of them was
    Andres Bonifacio.  Andres Bonifacio was a Filipino revolutionary leader and patriot, known as the
    "Father of the Philippine Revolution." He was one of the founders and organizers of the
    Kataastaasan Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan.

  • November 30th - Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day
    Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day is a copyrighted holiday and was created and provided,
    courtesy of the great folks at Wellcat.com.  According to Wellcat.com, the objective is to call in
    "well" to your work. It is as simple as that!
    Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day is today. Even if you feel okay today, it is a day to
    celebrate by staying at home.  However, make sure your boss verifies that all is well before you
    take this day off.  Just because you say all is well, does not mean he/she says all is well.
    Following the concept of this day could get you a reprimand or cost you your job. Therefore, we
    recommend you use extreme caution and good judgment.
    Have a happy Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day.

  • November 30th - Saint Andrews Day (Scotland)
    Since 2006, Saint Andrews Day has been an official bank holiday.
    Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew's Day (Scots: Saunt Andra's Day,
    Scottish Gaelic: Latha Naomh Anndra) is Scotland's official national day. In 2006, the Scottish
    Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday.
    Although most commonly associated with Scotland, Saint Andrew is also the patron saint of
    Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
    In Germany, the feast day is celebrated as Andreasnacht ("St Andrew's Night"), in Austria with
    the custom of Andreasgebet ("St Andrew's Prayer"), and in Poland as Andrzejki ("Andrew's").
November
november
    November means "ninth month" yet, it is the eleventh month in the modern
    calendar.  This anomaly has existed for over 2000 years.  In the old Roman
    calendar, (which was only ten months long) November was indeed the
    ninth month.  But this changed when two months were added on to the
    year, and subsequently, in 153 B.C. the Roman Senate moved New Year's
    Day to January 1st.  Curiously, the names of the numbered months were
    not changed to account for their new positions.

November replaced
Blotmonað in the Old English Calendar. For them, this was the "blood month" when animals were
sacrificed and slaughtered for preservation through the winter.
November began with 30 days, but Numa Pompilius, the second King of Rome, took a day away in about 700 B.C. Julius
Caesar added the day back when he reformed the calendar in 46 B.C. July and August had been named for the first two
Roman Emperors, Julius and Augustus. The Roman Senate offered to change the name of November to "Tiberius".  He
wisely refused saying,
"What will you do if you have thirteen emperors?"
November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length
of 30 days.
November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the
Roman calendar.
November is a month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore,
November in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa.
November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years, and March every year.
November ends on the same day of the week as August every year.
In November in the Northern Hemisphere the cycle of the seasons becomes most obvious as the harvest is complete and
the plants are in their winter mode. It is seen in literature either as a fun time of approaching holidays or as a precursor to
the final denouement of December.
Most celebrated November holidays:
  • November 1st is All Saints Day
  • The premier holiday of November is Thanksgiving. It is held on the 4th Thursday in November. The first
    Thanksgiving was given by the Indians, but it did not become an official holiday until President Lincoln declared
    it in 1863. The holiday was created to give thanks for the plenty of the harvest.  Thanksgiving is the holiday on
    which we thank God for His bounty and blessings.  Thanksgiving, with its displays of pumpkins and pilgrims is
    one way Americans proclaim their love of Country.  Yet, the true origin of Thanksgiving and all its celebration
    reveal an unsettling combination of myths and facts.  First, pilgrims did not introduce the tradition; American
    Indians had observed autumn harvest celebrations for centuries before the first Europeans arrived on the
    continent.  Second, although George Washington set aside days for national Thanksgivings, it was President
    Abraham Lincoln who proclaimed the day a national holiday back ion 1863.  Ironically, this was the same year he
    issued his historic "Emancipation Proclamation" which symbolically at least, freed more than five million Black
    people from slavery.  Although the first "official" November Thanksgiving was the first holiday that all Black
    people in America were able to give thanks for being free from the chains of servitude, no public connection was
    made between the two events.  Today it is celebrated by family gatherings. A traditional dish for the event is roast
    turkey and dressing.
  • Veteran's Day is November 11. It was originally called Armistice Day and meant to commemorate the end of the
    "war to end all wars" (World War I ended 11 November 1918). It was signed into law by Woodrow Wilson in 1919.
    The remembrance was extended in 1954 to cover the veterans of all wars after World War II and the Korean War.
  • Sadie Hawkins Day is the first Saturday in November. It was actually invented by a cartoonist, Al Capp, who created
    the L'il Abner strip. It is a day when girls and women can ask their favorite boy or man to a dance.
The festivities of Black History Month are no longer recognized however, it is now a historical event that will
be celebrated every single day for the next 365 days.
Happy Black History Day!!!!
    "I am resolved it is better to die than be a white man's slave."
    Joseph Cinqué, leader of the Amistad mutiny
    (quoted in the New York Sun in 1839.)


    Amistad Mutiny Survivors Freed:
    March 9, 1841 - Would you rather die than lose your freedom?  More than 150 years ago, a
    group of people from the West African country of Sierra Leone answered yes to that
    question.
    After being abducted from their home Country by Portuguese slave traders and placed on
    the schooner Amistad, 53 of the Africans followed the lead of Joseph Cinqué in a revolt
    against the ship's crew.
Joseph Cinqué was a member of the Mende tribe.  He lived in the Mende territory of Sierra Leone on the West Coast of Africa.  He was the
son of a chief.
On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court freed the 35 Africans who survived the mutiny and cleared the way for their return home.
    Under Joseph Cinqué's leadership, the mutineers spared the life of the Amistad navigator,
    ordering him to sail the ship back to Africa.  Instead, the navigator guided the schooner
    northward, where it was discovered drifting off the coast of Long Island and was then
    dragged into New London, Connecticut, by the U.S. Navy.
    President Martin Van Buren, who wanted to gain the political support of pro-slavery voters,
    wanted Cinqué and his followers to stand trial for mutiny, but a judge disagreed and
    ordered the government to escort the Africans back to their home country.
    The fight between Cinqué mutineers and President Van Buren did not end there.  In an
    appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, former President John Quincy Adams argued that the
    Africans on the Amistad were illegally enslaved and "were entitled to all the kindness and
    good offices due from a humane and Christian nation."
    The court agreed, and Adams's victory in the Amistad case was a significant success for the
    movement to abolish slavery.  The movie "Amistad" was made about this case.
Black Historical Quotation
According to Connie Schultz, all Americans – Black, white, red, green and yellow - should revisit “Roots.”
Click
HERE for Connie Schultz’s “Watching Roots in 2010.”
November's History
November's Black History Events
    I was asked why I allowed others to  post and/or took so much time in directing
    people to Black history links.  Well, my answer is simple: Out here, there is a
    lot – too many – Black youngsters who do not know their history – mainly
    Black history.  I want them to know.  It is important to me that they know.  
    Yes, it is important to me that  everyone embraces God and I appreciate most
    – but not all – biblical postings.  When or if I said ‘all biblical postings,’ I would
    set myself up for a controversial religious dialogue and I do not  want that, so I
    leave that up to those who actually study the Word.
    Anyway, when it comes to Black history, I find that my generation and those
    that follow have not taken time to teach our children about Black African
    American history.  When juveniles join gangs because they are searching for a
    family and/or say ‘they have never had anything, so why should they be about
    anything.’  Well, I want – need – them to know that it is not true.  There are
    plenty of Black African americans who struggled and made something out of
    nothing, and these youngsters can do the same.
If Barack Obama can be President of these divided states, then all Black African americans can achieve the
unthinkable and climb to immeasurable heights.
I need us and all Americans to know the
history of Black African Americans, their plight, their fight and their
victorious accomplishments.
I am proud to be a Black African american and I hope, want and
need our young Black brothers and sisters to be just
as creditable; embracing their Blackness.
To quote the late James Brown,
“Say it loud, I’m Black and I’m proud!”
SAY IT LOUD, I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD!!!
Celebrating Black History
Black History Links
November
November's Poem
Leaves

"How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow."
-   Elsie N. Brady
November's Birth Flower is Chrysanthemum:
    Chrysanthemum (sinense; nat. ord. Compositae), one of the most popular of autumn
    flowers.  It is a native of China, whence it was introduced to Europe.  The first
    chrysanthemum in England was grown at Kew in 1790, whither it had been sent by
    Mr. Cels, a French gardener.  It was not, however, till 1825 that the first
    chrysanthemum exhibition took place in England.  The small-flowered pompons, and
    the grotesque-flowered Japanese sorts, are of comparatively recent date, the former
    having originated from the Chusan daisy, a variety introduced by Mr. Fortune in
    1846, and the latter having also been introduced by the same traveler about 1862.  

The Japanese kinds are unquestionably the most popular for decorative purposes as well as for exhibition.  They
afford a wide choice in color, form, habit and times of flowering.  The incurved Chinese kinds are severely neat
looking flowers in many shades of color.  The anemone-flowered kinds have long outer or ray petals, the interior or
disk petals being short and tubular.  These are to be had in many pleasing colors.  The pompon kinds are small
flowered, the petals being short.  The plants are mostly dwarf in habit.  In the single varieties the outer or ray florets
alone are large and attractively colored.
November's Flower - Chrysanthemum
November's Birthstone is Topaz:
    Topaz is a common gemstone that has been used for centuries in jewelry.  Its golden
    brown to yellow color is classic but is confused with the less valuable citrine, which is
    sold under the name topaz. The blue topaz that is often confused with aquamarine is
    rarely natural and is produced by irradiating and then heating clear crystals.  The
    structure of Topaz is controlled by a chain like structure of connected irregular
    octahedrons.  These octahedrons have an aluminum in the middle surrounded by four
    oxygens. Above and below the aluminum are the hydroxide or fluoride ions.  The
    chains of  octahedrons are held together by individual silicate tetrahedrons but it is
    the octahedron chains that give topaz its crystalline shape.

Topaz is the hardest silicate mineral and one of the hardest minerals in nature.  However, it has a perfect cleavage,
which is perpendicular to the chains and is caused by planes that break the weaker Al-O, Al-OH and Al-F bonds. None
of the stronger Si-O bonds cross these planes.

Topaz crystals can reach the incredible size of several hundred pounds.

Topaz can make very attractive mineral specimens due to their high luster, nice colors and well formed and
multifaceted crystals.

Physical Characteristics:
 Color is clear,
yellow, orange, red, blue and green
 Luster is adamantine to vitreous
 Transparency crystals are transparent to translucent
 Crystal System is orthorhombic; 2/m 2/m 2/m
 Crystal Habits include a prismatic crystal with usually two different prisms that produce a rounded or sharp
diamond-shaped cross-section. The termination is typically capped by a dome forming a roof like top. Another
dome can modify the termination producing a point at the juncture of the two domes. A basal pinacoid can flatten
the prisms termination or truncate the top of the domes. The pinacoid, multiple domes and occasionally
orthorhombic pyramid faces can produce a complex, multifaceted and well formed termination. Topaz can be
granular and massive.
 Cleavage is perfect in one direction, basal
 Fracture is conchoidal
 Hardness is 8
 Specific Gravity is approximately 3.4 - 3.5+ (above average)
 Streak is
white
 Associated Minerals include quartz, tourmalines, micas, brookite, cassiterite and fluorite
 Other Characteristics: index of refraction is 1.61 - 1.64. Prism faces maybe striated lengthwise
 Notable Occurrences include Minas Gerias, Brazil; Pakistan; San Diego Co, California; Ural Mountains, Russia;
Mexico and the Thomas Range, Utah
 Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, color, density and hardness
November's Birthstone - Topaz
November Facts:

 Middle English:
Novembre
 Latin: November
 Latin: Novembris mensis "nineth month"
(November Fact: Novembris had 30 days, until Numa when it had 29 days after Julius, it became 30 days long.)

  • November's birthstone is Topaz.
  • November's birth flower is chrysanthemums
November's Characteristics
November is Black History Month

  • November 1, 1945 - First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H. Johnson. The first issue
    sold 25,000 copies. (65 years ago)
  • November 2, 1983 - President Ronald Reagan signed law designating the third Monday in
    January Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (27 years ago)
  • November 3, 1868 - John W. Menard became the first Black elected to Congress, defeating his
    white candidate with a 5,107 to 2,833 vote in the election of Louisiana’s Second Congressional
    District. (142 years ago)
  • November 3, 1750 - Birth date of Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable, Black pioneer, trader and
    founder of the settlement that later became the city of Chicago. (260 years ago)
  • November 5, 1968 - Shirley Chisholm became the first Black African American woman to be
    elected to the US Congress. (42 years ago)
  • November 6, 1900 - James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson composed “Lift Ev’ry
    Voice and Sing.” (110 years ago)
  • November 7, 1876 - Edward A. Bouchet received his Ph.D. in physics at Yale University and
    became the first Black to receive a doctorate at an American university. (134 years ago)
  • November 8, 1966 - Edward W. Brooke (Republican, Massachusetts), was elected the first
    Black US senator in eighty-five years. (44 years ago)
  • November 3, 1731 - Benjamin Banneker, Black inventor and scientist, was born in Ellicott’s
    Mills, Maryland. (279 years ago)
  • November 10, 1960 - Andrew Hatcher named first Black associate press secretary to the
    president. (50 years ago)
  • November 11, 1925 - Louis Armstrong recorded the first of “Hot Five” and “Hot Seven”
    recordings that influenced the direction of jazz. (85 years ago)
  • November 12, 1977 - Ernest Nathan Morial was elected the first Black mayor of New Orleans,
    LA. (33 years ago)
  • November 13, 1956 - Supreme Court upheld lower court decision that banned segregation on
    City buses in Montgomery, Alabama. (54 years ago)
  • November 14, 1934 - William Levi Dawson’s Symphony No. 1, “Negro Folk Symphony,” was the
    first symphony on Black folk themes by a Black composer to be performed by a major
    orchestra. (76 years ago)
  • November 15, 1979 - Professor Arthur Lewis of Princeton was awarded the Nobel Prize in
    economics. He was the first Black cited in a category other than peace. (31 years ago)
  • November 16, 2001 - Representing Nigeria, Agbani Darego was the first Black African to be
    crowned “Miss World.” (9 years ago)
  • November 17, 1980 - WHMM-TV in Washington, D.C. became the first Black African-American
    broadcasting television station. (30 years ago)
  • November 18, 1787 - Abolitionist and orator, Sojourner Truth was born. (223 years ago)
  • November 19, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, calling for a
    “new birth of freedom.” (147 years ago)
  • November 20, 1923 - Garrett T. Morgan patented the traffic signal. (87 years ago)
  • November 21, 1991 - President George H. W. Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to
    strengthen federal civil rights legislation. (19 years ago)
  • November 22, 1930 - Elijah Muhammad founded the Nation of Islam in Detroit. (80 years ago)
  • November 23, 1897 - J.L. Love patented the pencil sharpener. (113 years ago)
  • November 24, 1865 - Mississippi passed the so-called “Black Codes” that barred Blacks from
    jury service, testifying against Whites in trials, bearing arms and attending white schools. (145
    years ago)
  • November 25, 1841 - Thirty-five Amistad survivors were returned to Africa. (169 years ago)
  • November 26, 1970 - Charles Gordone received the Pulitzer Prize for his play “No Place to be
    Somebody.” (40 years ago)
  • November 28, 1961 - Ernie Davis, football great, became the first Black African American to
    win the Heisman Trophy. (49 years ago)
  • November 29, 1955 - Alice Childress became the Black first African American woman to receive
    an Obie Award for her play, “Trouble in Mind.(55 years ago)
  • November 30, 1889 - S.R. Scratton patented the curtain rod. (121 years ago)
Elsie Brady (DOB: January 14 1930)

November is Black History Month!

Happy Thanksgiving and may you enjoy all the upcoming holidays!

Joseph Cinque'
Joseph Cinqué led a group of
would-be slaves to mutiny
Reform
Thanksgiving is the holiday on which we thank God for His bounty and blessings.  Thanksgiving, with its
displays of pumpkins and pilgrims is one way Americans proclaim their love of Country.  Yet, the true origin of
Thanksgiving and all its celebration reveal an unsettling combination of myths and facts.

First, pilgrims did not introduce the tradition; American Indians had observed autumn harvest celebrations for
centuries before the first Europeans arrived on the continent.

Second, although George Washington set aside days for national Thanksgivings, it was President Abraham
Lincoln who proclaimed the day a national holiday back ion 1863.

Ironically, this was the same year he issued his historic "Emancipation Proclamation" which symbolically at
least, freed more than five million Black people from slavery.  Although the first "official" November
Thanksgiving was the first holiday that all Black people in America were able to give thanks for being free from
the chains of servitude, no public connection was made between the two events.

Lincoln dud not make any religious connections to the Thanksgiving holiday.  His motives were purely
nationalistic.  Having divided the Nation over the slavery issue, and the ensuing Civil War, Lincoln felt the
Union needed all the patriotic fervor that such a holiday observance could engender.  While Black people were
the primary justification for proclaiming a national Thanksgiving holiday, no symbolic forms of Blackness have
ever been associated with the holiday.  And, not until after the 1890's were American Indians included in the
tradition.  Moreover, no one used the term "Pilgrim" until the late 1870's.  Probably the only truth about
Thanksgiving, as it is commonly practiced, is that it started off as a homage to patriotism and has remained as
such today.
The First Thanksgiving?
November Holiday Celebrations

November is Black History Month!!!

November is Black History Month!

November is Black History Month!

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