Remembrance Day
November 11, 2013 in Commonwealth of Nations

Remembrance Day is observed on November 11, 2013. 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 recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November 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 am) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

Where is Remembrance Day?
Nationwide Commonwealth of Nations

Veterans Day 2013
November 11, 2013 in the USA

Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is usually observed on November 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated.

It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)

The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements. While these spellings are grammatically acceptable, the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.

Where is Veterans Day?
Nationwide USA

Armistice Day 2013
November 11, 2013 in the World

The Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11, 2013. It is a day to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the West Front. The day, which overlaps with Remembrance Day, is celebrated annually. 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.

After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in the British Commonwealth of Nations. 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.

In many parts of the world, people observe two consecutive minutes moment of silence at 11 a.m. local time as a sign of respect in the first minute for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and in the second minute dedicated to the living left behind. This gesture of respect was suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper.

Where is Armistice Day?
Worldwide

Singles Day 2013
November 11, 2013 in China

Singles Day, One’s Day or Guang Gun Jie is a Chinese pop culture holiday held on November 11, 2013 for people who are living the single life. For breakfast on Singles’ Day, singles often eat four Youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks) representing the four “ones” in “11.11” and one Baozi (steamed stuffed bun) representing the middle dot. The main way to celebrate Singles’ Day is to have dinner with your single friends, but it’s important that each person pay their own way to show their independence. Some send short messages or e-mails to their single friends to deliver their best wishes.

Not every single is happy on this day. They may tease themselves for being still single. Some prefer to watch movies in a theatre. Some schools of a university would put forward a special program to gather singles together for celebration. In recent years, there has been more social attention to this holiday. For example, Taobaoshangcheng gives a up to 70% discount on this day. There are many activities on the Internet to help singles find a mate.

Some singles also choose to say goodbye to their single lives on this day: many attend ‘blind date’ parties and many people choose to marry on this day. In addition to meaning ‘single,’ the four ‘ones’ of the date can also mean ‘only one’ as in ‘the only one for me.’ Some people will use this date and this meaning to tell their special someone that they are the only ‘one’ in their heart.

Where is Singles Day?
Nationwide China

Historical Events:

308 – The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul.

1493 – Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba

1647 – Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law

1675 – Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) function.

1790 – Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China

1851 – Alvan Clark patents telescope

1865 – Mary Edward Walker, 1st Army female surgeon, awarded Medal of Honor

1890 – D McCree patents portable fire escape

1909 – Construction of US navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, begins

1918 – Poland declares independence

1918 – Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect, WW I hostilities end at 11.00 am

1923 – Eternal flame lit for tomb of unknown solder, Arc de Triumph

1926 – U.S. Route 66 is established.

1930 – Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.

1959 – 1st episode of “Rocky & His Friends” airs

1968 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of “2 Virgins” album

1988 – Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science