Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 2016

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As usual, Byter Brett R has sent the month’s special days and celebrations.

Thanks Brett.

Click on the daily list to read about that day’s special significance.

Month:
  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Caregivers Appreciation Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Real Jewelry Month
  • National Sleep Comfort Month
Week Celebrations:
  • Week 1 Chemistry Week
  • Week 3 Game and Puzzle Week
Men Make Dinner Day - first Thursday of Month
Book Lovers Day - first Saturday of the month
U.S. General Election Day - first Tuesday of the month after first Monday of month
Young Readers Day second Tuesday of month
Chaos Never Dies Day - you've got that right
17 Electronic Greeting Card Day - now who do you think created this day!?
17 Great American Smokeout  - third Thursday in November
19 National Adoption Day - Saturday before Thanksgiving
24 Thanksgiving - Eat, drink, and be thankful.
25 Black Friday - Friday after Thanksgiving
25 Buy Nothing Day - always the day after Thanksgiving...does anyone abide by it!?!
25 You're Welcome Day - the day after Thanksgiving
27 Advent begins

Btw, the "All our uncles are monkeys Day" on Nov 24 is also known as Evolution Day, that being the anniversary of the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

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Some November trivia:
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November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar, the Latin word “novem” meaning “nine”.

September was named after 7, October for 8, November for 9, and December for 10.

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November is a month of late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. 
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The Witch of November, or November Witch, refers to the strong winds that frequently blow across the Great Lakes in autumn. The "witches" are caused by intense low atmospheric pressure over the Great Lakes pulling cold Canadian/Arctic air from the north or northwest and warm Gulf air from the south.

The Witch of November is referenced in Gordon Lightfoot’s song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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The November gemstone is Topaz.

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The November flower is the Chrysanthemum, signifying optimism and cheerfulness in the US.  However, in some countries of Europe (e.g., France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Croatia) the Chrysanthemum is symbolic of death and is used only for funerals or on graves. Similarly, in China, Japan and Korea, white chrysanthemums are symbolic of lamentation and/or grief.

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In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of Thanksgiving.

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The first Tuesday in November is the date of the running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s biggest horse race.  It is the jewel in the racing calendar crown . . . 

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Oh, and there’s an election in the US on 8 November.



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