Gustav Adolfsdagen
November 6, 2013 in Sweden

Gustav Adolfsdagen is observed on November 06, 2013. Gustav Adolfsdagen (Swedish for Gustavus Adolphus Day) is a general flag day, celebrated in Sweden on November 6 in memory of king Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, who was killed on this day in 1632 at the Battle of Lützen. Gustav Adolfsdagen coincides with the Finnish Swedish Heritage Day. The date has been celebrated since the early 19th century. It is especially popular in Gothenburg, which was founded by Gustavus Adolphus, and in Uppsala, where the king donated a lot of money to the university. Gustavus Adolphus Day is celebrated in Sweden, Estonia and Finland. On this day only, a special pastry with a chocolate or marzipan medallion of the king, is sold. The day is also an official flag day in the Swedish calendar. In Finland, the day is celebrated as svenska dagen or ruotsalaisuuden päivä, “Swedishness Day”, and is a customary flag day. In Estonia, the day is known as Gustav Adolfi päev. In all three countries, 6 November is the name day for Gustav Adolf, one of the few exceptional name days in the year.

Where is Gustav Adolfsdagen?
Nationwide Sweden

Finnish Swedish Heritage Day
November 6, 2013 in Finland

Finnish Swedish Heritage Day is celebrated on November 06, 2013. Finnish Swedish Heritage Day (Swedish: Svenska dagen, Finnish: Ruotsalaisuuden päivä) is a general flag day, which is celebrated in Finland on November 6. The day celebrates the Finland Swedish culture, and the bilinguality of Finland.

The main celebrations are aired in the radio, and many smaller celebrations are held around Finland in schools. Usually, the song Modersmålets sång is sung, celebrating the mother tongue. The Finnish Swedish Heritage Day is celebrated on the same day as Gustav Adolfsdagen in Sweden, the day that king Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was killed at the Battle of Lützen in 1632.

The Finland Swedish Heritage Day was created in 1908, when the newly founded Swedish People’s Party of Finland decided to celebrate a day for the Swedes. The intention was to strengthen the Swedish-speaking Finnish community. The reason why the day of the death of king Gustavus Adolphus was chosen was because this also was the time when the empire of Sweden was founded.

Where is Finnish Swedish Heritage Day?
Nationwide Finland

Saxophone Day 2013
November 6, 2013 in the World

Saxophone Day is observed on November 06, 2013. The saxophone is a conical-bore woodwind musical instrument. Saxophone Day is held on the birthday of it’s inventor, Adolphe Sax (6 November 1814). He wanted to create an instrument that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass—that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections.

The saxophone has proved very popular in military band music, and is commonly used in jazz and classical music. There is substantial repertoire of concert music in the classical idiom for the members of the saxophone family. Saxophone players are called saxophonists.

Where is Saxophone Day?
Worldwide

Marooned without a Compass Day
November 6, 2013 in the World

How is your sense of direction? Do you often find yourself going around in circles? Do you feel hopelessly lost? Do you know where you are? If any of these questions describe your current state of being, then you are in tune to this special day.

Viewed in another way, being marooned without a compass for a day could be a good thing. Our busy life styles seldom leaves time to relax. We can just kick back and enjoy being marooned. Tomorrow, we can head east when the sun rises. In the meantime, I think I see a shady tree…..

Where is Marooned without a Compass Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

1528 – Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in Texas.

1632 – Battle at Lutzen: Swedish/Saxon army beats imperial armies

1813 – Chilpancingo congress declares Mexico independent of Spain

1865 – American Civil War: CSS Shenandoah is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on its cruise that sank or captured 37 vessels.

1879 – Canada celebrates 1st Thanksgiving Day

1903 – USA recognizes independence of Panama

1917 – Bolshevik revolution begins with capture of Winter Palace

1917 – NY allows women to vote

1928 – Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor

1936 – RCA displays TV for press

1949 – Greek civil war ends

1962 – Saudi Arabia proclaims abolition of slavery

1979 – Ayatolla Khomeini takes over in Iran

1991 – Russian president Boris Yeltsin outlaws Communist Party