Black Friday 2013
November 29, 2013 in the USA

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The term dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast. The term has become more common in other parts of the country since 2000. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November. According to Reuters, in 2007 135 million people participated in the Black Friday shopping rush.

Black Friday is not an official holiday, but as many workers have the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, this increases the number of potential shoppers. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas and holiday season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open extremely early, with most of the retailers typically opening at 5AM or even earlier. Some of the larger retailers (depending on the location) such as Sears, Best Buy, Macy’s, Toys “R” Us, and Walmart have been reported to open as early as midnight on the start of Black Friday in localized areas and remain open for 24 hours throughout the day until midnight the following Saturday. Upon opening, retailers offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores. Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term “Black Friday” has been traced back only to the 1960s.

The term “Black Friday” may have originated in Philadelphia, where was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. (see Origin of the name “Black Friday” below). More recently, merchants and the media have used it instead to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers go from being in the red (i.e., posting a loss on the books) to being in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

Where is Black Friday?
Nationwide USA

Buy Nothing Day
November 29, 2013 in the USA

The Buy Nothing Day (BND) is an international day of protest against consumerism observed by social activists. Typically celebrated the Friday after American Thanksgiving in North America and the following day internationally, in 2013 the date is November 29. It was founded by Vancouver artist Ted Dave and subsequently promoted by Adbusters magazine, based in Canada.

Various gatherings, shenanigans, and forms of protest have been used on Buy Nothing Day to draw attention to the perceived problem of over-consumption. The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Vancouver in September 1992 “as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.” In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, also called “Black Friday”, which is one of the 10 busiest shopping days in the United States.

Where is Buy Nothing Day?
Worldwide

Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November 29, 2013 in the World

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed on November 29, 2013. The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a UN-organized observance. Events are held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as well as at the United Nations offices at Geneva and Vienna. It is generally held on November 29 each year to mark the anniversary of resolution 181. Special commemorative activities are organized by the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat, in consultation with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The day was selected in part because it was the day when Cypriot-Palestinian Christian Orthodox priest Saint Philoumenos of Jacob’s Well was murdered in 1979.

Where is Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People?
Worldwide

Square Dance Day
November 29, 2013 in the World

Here’s a chance to get out and “Dosey Do” with your partner. It’s 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. It’s lively and quick, and lots of fun.

Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speaks to its health benefits for people of all ages.

Square Dancing: A Swinging History
http://www.history.com/news/square-dancing-a-swinging-history

Where is Square Dance Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

526 – Antioch in modern day Syria struck by Earthquake, about 250,000 die

1775 – Sir James Jay invents invisible ink

1781 – The crew of the slave ship Zong murders 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea in order to claim insurance.

1870 – Compulsory education proclaimed in England

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph

1890 – 1st Army-Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point

1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.

1929 – Lt Cmdr Richard E Byrd sends “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole” (He was wrong)

1933 – 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)

1944 – The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

1947 – UN Gen Assembly partitions Palestine between Arabs & Jews

1975 – Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii

1978 – UN observes “international day of solidarity with Palestinian people,” boycotted by US & about 20 other countries

1990 – UN Security Council sets Jan 15th military deadline against Iraq