Holidays in November

Holidays in November let us honor, celebrate, and contribute but most of all - give thanks.

You'll be reminded of or gain new knowledge about events that have occurred, and perhaps had great impact on our lives, during this month throughout the years.

And we can't forget, topaz is the birthstone for November while the flower is the chrysanthemum.




Autumn Poems



November 1

All Saints' Day

November 2

All Souls' Day

November 3

National Sandwich Day

November 9

World Freedom Day

November 10

US Marine Corps Day (Marine Corps Birthday)

November 11

Veterans Day

November 15

America Recycles Day

November 18

Mickey Mouse's Birthday



More Holidays in November



National Adoption Day - the Saturday before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving - 4th Thursday in November
- First Thanksgiving Proclamation
- George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
- Psalms of Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Bible Verses
- Thanksgiving Poems
- Thanksgiving Prayer



Weekly Holidays in November



National Farm-City Week - begins the Friday before Thanksgiving and ends on Thanksgiving. Provides an opportunity to recognize farmers/ranchers and their urban partners for their values of hard work and good stewardship.

National Family Week - the week of Thanksgiving



Monthly Holidays in November/Celebrations/Awareness



Advent - begins on the Sunday during the last week of November(or - the 4th Sunday before December 25th); the beginning of the Christian Christmas season.

National American Indian Heritage Month

National Diabetes Month

National Family Caregivers Month

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

National Hospice Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month




In addition, not only do we celebrate holidays in November but we refer to this month as the election month. In the US, elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

The President of the United States is elected during years which are divisible by four. For example - 2008, 2012, 2016, etc.

In addition, we have elections in even-numbered years for our congressional members in the House of Representatives, who serve two-year terms, and for about one-third of our Senators in the US Senate, who serve six-year terms.



Notable November Dates



November 1, 1765 - The Stamp Act, passed by the British Parliament in March 1765, took effect on this date. This act imposed a tax on every piece of paper used by the American colonists.

November 1, 1938 - Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in a race called the Pimlico Special at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The 1 and 3/16 mile race was called the "Match of the Century".

November 1, 1957 - The Mackinac Bridge, connecting the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan, was opened to the public.

Holidays in November - Each year thousands of people participate in the Mackinac Bridge Walk - starting in St. Ignace on the north end and walking the 5 miles to Mackinaw City on the south end.

November 2, 1783 - General George Washington issued his Farewell Orders to the Continental Army. On December 2nd, at Fraunces Tavern, he bade farewell to his officers and on December 23rd, he resigned as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.

November 2, 1889 - North Dakota becomes the 39th state and South Dakota becomes the 40th state.

November 3, 1956 - The Wizard of Oz is shown on television for the first time by CBS.

Holidays in November - The song Over the Rainbow (often referred to as Somewhere Over the Rainbow)is number one on "Songs of the Century" list, created by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

November 4, 1842 - Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd at her sister's home in Springfield, Illinois.

November 4, 1888 - The first cash register was patented by John & James Ritty. They had designed the machine in 1879 to keep the employees at their saloon honest - some of their employees often kept the money they received from their customers.

November 4, 1984 - Michael Dell founded Dell Computers as PC's Limited on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

November 5, 1872 - Susan B. Anthony, along with 16 other women, voted in a national election. At this time, women were not allowed to vote. She was tried and the judge, believing she was in violation of the 14th Amendment, ordered the jury to find her guilty. She was fined $100 - which she refused to pay. Eventually women gained the right to vote.

November 5, 1977 - Guy Lombardo, bandleader from the Big Band era, died on this date. He is remembered for his great music, especially his annual New Year's Eve broadcasts, climaxed by "Auld Lang Syne".

November 7, 1805 - Meriwether Lewis and William Clark viewed the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

Holidays in November - Sacagawea was the Shoshone Indian woman who joined Lewis & Clark in North Dakota.

November 7, 1811 - Battle of Tippecanoe took place during a period sometimes referred to as Tecumseh's War at Prophetstown near present day Battle Ground, Indiana. Tippecanoe was one of the rivers near the battle. The US was lead by future president William Henry Harrison, Governor of the Indiana Territory, and Tecumseh's Confederacy of Indians was lead by his brother, Tenskwatawa.

Holidays in November - Tecumseh's name meant "shooting star" and his brother's name, Tenskwatawa, meant "the open door".

November 7, 1932 - Following plots similar to the comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century aired on the radio for the first time.

November 7, 2009 - The USS New York, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned in New York Harbor, New York. What makes this Naval ship stand out from others is that her bow contains 7 1/2 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. You can find more information on this ship here. Make sure to check out the video Never Forget, sung by Rebecca Lynn Howard.

November 8, 1889 - Montana is admitted to the Union as the 41st state.

November 8, 1978 - Normal Rockwell, famed American painter and illustrator, died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts at the age of 84.

November 10-12, 1919 - The American Legion held its first convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The purpose of the Legion was to serve as a support group for returning veterans and as a social club.

Holidays in November - The American Legion states it's purpose in part "...to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy..."

November 10, 1928 - It was on this day that the famed football coach Knute Rockne gave his famous "Win One for the Gipper" speech to his Notre Dame team at halftime. Trailing the undefeated Army team, Notre Dame was able to come back and win 12-6!

November 10, 1938 - Kate Smith, a popular American singer, ended her radio show for the first time with Irving Berlin's God Bless America. Kate and the song electrified the country.

November 10, 1954 - President Dwight Eisenhower dedicated the Iwo Jima Memorial, also called the Marine Corps War Memorial. It was the 179th anniversary of the US Marine Corps. It is located just outside the walls of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Holidays in November - More US Marines earned the Medal of Honor on Iwo Jima than in any other battle in US history.

November 10, 1969 - Sesame Street, a children's educational and entertainment show, premiered on this date.

November 10, 1975 - An American Great Lakes freighter, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, sank during a storm on Lake Superior. All 29 crew members were lost.

Holidays in November - Gordon Lightfoot composed a song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald in commemoration of the sinking and the lives lost.

November 11, 1620 - Pilgrims sign the Mayflower Compact at Cape Cod, agreeing to establish just and equal laws.

November 11, 1889 - Washington becomes the 42nd state of the Union.

November 11, 1918 - Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day. It was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month that World War I, known as the Great War, ended. Germany signed an armistice (a temporary cessation of hostilities) with the Allies. The formal peace treaty was signed in 1919 - the Treaty of Versailles.

November 11, 1921 - President Warren G. Harding officiates the first ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, also referred to as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Located at Arlington National Cemetery, the inscription on the western panel reads: "Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God".

November 11, 1926 - Route 66 established, running from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. It was not a straight shot but zig-zagged through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

November 11, 1933 - The first in a series of dust storms removes topsoil from South Dakota farmlands. Due to severe droughts and poor farming practices, the soil could no longer retain water and turned to dust. Known as the Dust Bowl, these storms continued in some areas until 1940.

November 12, 1954 - Ellis Island closes it's doors after 62 years and processing more than 12 million immigrants.

November 13, 1942 - The beginning of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, a part of the Solomon Islands. Japan attempted to retake Henderson Field but was unsuccessful. This strategic victory for the US eventually led to the Allies control of Guadalcanal.

November 13, 1927 - The Holland Tunnel, connecting New York City and New Jersey, opened.

November 13, 1982 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated.

November 14, 1851 - "Call me Ishmael", the first line of Moby-Dick. Published in the United States on this date.

November 14, 1970 - Following a 17-14 loss to East Caroline University in Greenville, South Carolina, the Marshall University Football Team was about to land in Huntington, West Virginia, when their plane crashed, killing all 75 aboard.

November 16, 1907 - Oklahoma becomes the 46th state of the Union when the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory are combined.

November 18, 1985 - Calvin and Hobbes was launched. This comic strip would eventually appear in 2,400 newspapers throughout the world and sell 30 million copies of Calvin and Hobbes books.

Holidays in November - Calvin is named after a 16th century theologian who believed in predestination. Hobbes is named after a 17th century philosopher with a dim view of human nature.

November 19, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln delivers The Gettysburg Address at a dedication ceremony of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This was four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, where nearly 8,000 Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives.

November 21, 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis ends. Once the Soviet Union removed the missiles, destroyed the missile bases, and finally removed their "Beagle" medium-range bombers from Cuba, President Kennedy formerly ended the quarantine.

November 21, 1789 - North Carolina became the 12th state of the Union.

November 21, 1877 - Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph. On November 29, 1877 he demonstrated his invention for the first time.

November 22, 1718 - Blackbeard, infamous pirate, was killed in a battle with the British Navy off the coast of North Carolina.

November 22, 1935 - The first Trans-Pacific air service started out from Alameda, California on this day and reached Manila, Philippines on November 29th with over 110,000 pieces of mail. The plane completing this mission was the China Clipper, a four engine flying boat built by Pan American Airways.

November 22, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

November 23, 1889 - The birth of the jukebox, at the time introduced to the country in San Francisco as a coin-operated phonograph or nickel-in-the-slot machine.

November 23, 1936 - Life Magazine, as a photojournalism magazine, was first published on this date.

November 26, 1789 - According to The National Constitution Center, the first national thanksgiving was observed, having been created by George Washington as a way to give thanks for the Constitution. Here is Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, dated October 3, 1789.

November 26, 1864 - Author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) gave Alice Liddell a handwritten story called Alice's Adventures Under Ground. In 1865, with more episodes added, Carroll published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

November 27, 1901 - The Army War College was established in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is the US Army's most senior military educational institution, preparing high level military personnel and civilians for strategic leadership responsibilities.

November 27, 1960 - Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings became the first player to score 1000 points.

November 28, 1925 - On a fifth-floor radio station in Nashville, Tennessee, the WSM Barn Dance debuts. This show later became known as the Grand Ole Opry.

November 29, 1963 - The Beatles release their song I Want to Hold Your Hand in the United Kingdom. The song was released in the United States on December 26, 1963.

Holidays in November - The Beatles: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison.

November 30, 1940 - Lucille Ball, singer/dancer/actress married Desi Arnaz, a Cuban bandleader. They later starred in I Love Lucy, one of the most popular sitcoms on television.



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