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Calendar day; November 27, 2014

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Thursday, the 27th of November, 2014 is the 331th day in 2014 and in the 48th calendar week.
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Thanksgiving Day
November 27, 2014 in the USA
In the US, Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive the brutal winter. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin,and squash. William Bradford’s note that, “besides waterfowl, there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many,” probably gave rise to the American tradition of turkey at Thanksgiving.
In the United States, certain kinds of food are traditionally served at Thanksgiving meals. Firstly, baked or roasted turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table (so much so that Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as “Turkey Day”). Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner. All of these are actually native to the Americas or were introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived. As an alternative to turkey, many vegetarians or vegans eat tofurky, a meatless turkey made of tofu.
The tradition of giving thanks to God is continued today in various forms. Various religious and spiritual organizations offer services and events on Thanksgiving themes the week-end before, the day of, or the week-end after Thanksgiving. At home, it is a holiday tradition in many families to begin the Thanksgiving dinner by saying grace (a prayer before or after a meal). The custom is portrayed in the photograph “Family Holding Hands and Praying Before a Thanksgiving Meal.” Traditionally grace was led by the hostess or host, though in later times it is usual for others to contribute.
During Thanksgiving Day families and friends usually gather for a large meal or dinner. Consequently the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Thanksgiving is a four-day or five-day weekend vacation for schools and colleges. Most business and government workers are given Thanksgiving and the day after as paid holidays. Thanksgiving Eve, the night before Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest nights of the year for bars and clubs, as many college students and others return to their hometowns to reunite with friends and family.
In New York City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held annually every Thanksgiving Day from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, and televised nationally by NBC. The parade features parade floats with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters and TV personalities, and high school marching bands. The float that traditionally ends the Macy’s Parade is the Santa Claus float, the arrival of which is an unofficial sign of the beginning of the Christmas season.
Where is Thanksgiving Day?
Nationwide USA
National Day of Mourning
November 27, 2014 in the USA
Day of Mourning in the U.S. takes place on November 27, 2014. The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized since 1970 by Native Americans of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving in the United States. It coincides with an unrelated but similar protest, Unthanksgiving Day, held on the West Coast. The organizers consider the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day as a reminder of the democide and continued suffering of the Native American peoples. Participants in the National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. They want to educate Americans about history. The event was organized in a period of Native American activism and general cultural protests. The protest is organized by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE). Since it was first organized, social changes have resulted in major revisions to the portrayal of United States history, the government’s and settlers’ relations with Native American peoples, and renewed appreciation for Native American culture.
Where is Day of Mourning in the U.S.?
Nationwide USA
Pins and Needles Day
November 27, 2014 in the USA
This is one of many holidays where the origin has been almost forgotten. The real purpose of Pins and Needles Day  is to commemorate the opening of the pro-Labor play Pins and Needles on Broadway on this day in 1937. Over decades of time, people lost track of the original meaning of this day.
The play consisted of several comedic pro-labor skits where members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (which was striking when it opened) spoofed all sorts of groups. The play was a surprise hit, and the actors eventually quit their day jobs as garment workers in order to run a full schedule of shows from its opening in 1937 to closing night in June 1940.
Today, however, most people view the day as a nod to nervousness, to sewing, or possibly to that weird feeling you get when your foot goes to sleep.
So, whether you’re excited about the garment workers revue “Pins and Needles,” are trying not to poke yourself while you sew or alter clothing, or are actually on pins and needles yourself, make sure to wish everyone you see a happy Pins and Needles Day!
Where is Pins and Needles Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 27th November:
1295 – English King Edward I calls what later became known as “The Model Parliament” extending the authorities of its representatives
1382 – Battle of Westrozebeke/Roosebeke. French army defeats the Flemish army. Flemish leader Philip Van Artevelde killed and corpse displayed
1587 – Dutch county of Groningen flooded by failure of dyke
1815 – City of Kraków (Poland) declared a free republic state by the Congress of Vienna
1815 – Adoption of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland
1817 – US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War
1826 – John Walker invents friction match in England
1885 – Earliest photograph of a meteor shower taken
1895 – Alfred Nobel’s will establishes Nobel Prizes
1901 – Prince Ito of Japan comes to St Petersburg hoping to get the Russians to grant Japan concessions in Korea, but later drops this goal and decides to make an alliance with Britain
1912 – Albanian National Flag adopted
1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.
1932 – Poland & USSR sign non-aggression treaty
1937 – Pro-labor musical revue “Pins & Needles” opens, produced by ILGWU
1943 – Conference of Teheran (Churchill-Roosevelt-Stalin)
1951 – Cease-fire & demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon, Korea
1956 – F Goodrich and A Hackett’s “Diary of Anne Frank” premieres in Netherlands
1958 – USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany
1966 – Uruguay adopts constitution
1992 – Part of Vienna Hofburg destroyed by fire
1999 – The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand’s history.
2001 – A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.

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Calendar day; November 26, 2014

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Wednesday, the 26th of November, 2014 is the 330th day in 2014 and in the 48th calendar week.

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Shopping Reminder Day
November 26, 2014 in the World

Shopping Reminder Day takes place on November 26, 2014. It’s less than a month until Christmas – don’t forget to buy all of your gifts! Shopping Reminder Day is a stark reminder that you’re running out of time!

Internet sites are almost evenly split, as to the date of this special day. Almost one half list it on the 25th. With the other half recording it on the 26th. A very slight majority have it on the 26th. Therefore, without any insight from the creator of this day, we go with the majority on the 26th.

Shopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the intent to purchase a suitable selection of them. In some contexts it may be considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one.

The shopping experience can range from delightful to terrible, based on a variety of factors including how the customer is treated, convenience, and mood.

Where is Shopping Reminder Day?
Worldwide

National Tie One on Day
November 26, 2014 in the USA

National Tie One on Day might confuse people with it’s name however it is not at all about going out, getting crazy and drinking to much while others are at home, working hard preparing for tomorrow’s big Thanksgiving Day meal.

National Tie One on Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created by best-selling author Ellyn Anne Geisel. National Tie One on Day celebrates the apron as well as the past generations of women who wore them and it was also created as a day to bring joy to the life of someone in need and celebrate the spirit of giving.

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” EllynAnne Geisel

As part of National Tie One on Day, Buy an apron, bake something, tuck a note of encouragement in the pocket of the apron (or pin it on it), wrap the baked good in the apron and give it to someone in need on Thanksgiving Eve.

Where is National Tie One on Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 26th November:

783 – Asturian queen Adosinda was put in the monastery of San Juan de Pravia, where she lived out the rest of her life, to prevent her kin from retaking the throne from Mauregatus.

1476 – vlad III Dracula defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and becomes the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.

1703 – Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England (NS 7 Dec) – thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen

1778 – Captain Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

1789 – 1st national Thanksgiving in USA

1885 – 1st meteor photograph

1901 – Italy and Britain sign an agreement fixing the frontier between their colonies of Eritrea and Sudan in East Africa

1922 – English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun’s virtually intact tomb in Egypt

1924 – Mongolian People’s Republic proclaimed

1941 – Lebanon independence first proclaimed by France

1948 – 1st polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes the prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras produced for the next 15 years.

1949 – India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic

1950 – China enters Korean conflict, sends troops across Yalu River

1967 – Cloud burst over Lisbon kills about 450

1984 – US & Iraq re-establish diplomatic relations

1990 – Mikhail Gorbachev tells Iraq to get out of Kuwait

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Calendar day; November 25, 2014

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Tuesday, the 25th of November, 2014 is the 329th day in 2014 and in the 48th calendar week.
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25, 2014 in the World
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women takes place on November 25, 2014. Women’s activists have marked this day as a day to fight violence against women since 1981. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as this special day. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated annually.
The date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence, and the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. That’s why the UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on this day.
Violence against women is a technical term used to collectively refer to violent acts that are primarily or exclusively committed against women. The UN General Assembly defines the term as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm of suffering to women including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
Where is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women?
Worldwide
St. Catherine’s Day
November 25, 2014 in Estonia
St. Catherine’s Day is celebrated on November 25, 2014. It has retained its popularity throughout the centuries and is still widely celebrated in modern-day Estonia. It marks the arrival of winter and is one of the more important and popular autumn days in the Estonian folk calendar. It is a day of celebration for the women of the culture, though different meanings come from each culture itself of this day. The customs for the Estonian St. Catherine’s Day are generally associated with the kadrisants (kadri beggars) or kadris, which give the whole day a unique quality, although it is similar to the traditions practised on St. Martin’s Day. Both require dressing up and going from door to door on the eve of the holiday to collect gifts, such as food, cloth and wool, in return for suitable songs and blessings.
Where is St. Catherine’s Day?
Nationwide Estonia
International Hat Day
November 25, 2014 in the World
Cold head? A great solution might be to wear a hat; and what better opportunity than Hat Day?
If you’re short of ideas for what type of hats to wear, check out this great periodic table of hats [ http://www.origination.net/sites/default/files/Origination-Periodic-Table.pdf ] for inspiration!
Where is International Hat Day?
Worldwide
National Parfait Day
November 25, 2014 in the USA
National Parfait Day is celebrated on November 25, 2014. Parfait is a French word literally meaning “perfect” commonly employed to describe a kind of frozen dessert, beginning in 1894.
In the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French-style dessert or to a popular variant, the American parfait, made by layering parfait cream, ice cream, and/or flavored gelatins in a tall, clear glass, and topping the creation with whipped cream, fresh or canned fruit, and/or liqueurs.
In the northern United States and Canada, parfaits may also be made by using yogurt layered with nuts or fresh fruits such as peaches, strawberries, or blueberries.
Where is National Parfait Day?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 25th November:
1034 – Malcolm II, King of Scots (Máel Coluim mac Cináeda) (b. 980) dies; Donnchad, the son of his second daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherits the throne.
1177 – Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeat Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.
1491 – The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins.
1667 – A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha, in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.
1783 – Britain evacuates NYC, their last military position in US
1792 – Farmer’s Almanac 1st published
1839 – A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.
1841 – 35 survivors of the mutiny on the slave ship Amistad return to Africa
1867 – Alfred Nobel patents dynamite
1876 – Indian Wars: In retaliation for the American defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, United States Army troops sack Chief Dull Knife’s sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.
1897 – Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy
1930 – 690 earthquake shocks recorded in 1 day (Ito, Japan)
1947 – New Zealand accedes to Statute of Westminster, becomes a dominion
1950 – UN gives Eritrea to Ethiopia
1975 – Netherlands grants Suriname independence (National Day)
1979 – Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
1983 – World’s greatest robbery 25,000,000 pounds of gold, Heathrow, England
1987 – Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths attributed to the storm.
1988 – Convention on exploitation of Antarctic mineral resources signed
1990 – Lech Walesa wins in Poland’s first popular election
2005 – Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released.

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