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Calendar day; November 16, 2013

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Day for Tolerance
November 16, 2013 in the World

International Day for Tolerance takes place on November 16, 2013. The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

The UNESCO defines tolerance as follows: “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.

Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.

Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.

Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one’s convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one’s own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one’s views are not to be imposed on others.”

UNESCO Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=13175&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Where is Day for Tolerance?
Worldwide

Have a Party With Your Bear Day
November 16, 2013 in the World

Is your Teddy Bear a real “party bear”? Hopefully he is, because today is Have a Party With Your Bear Day. And, what a swell day it is going to be! You get to have a party. And, you get to spend time with your Teddy Bear. I bet you can’t think of anything that is more fun!!

Get out the party banners and balloons. Make a cake. Send out the invitations. Invite all of your teddy bears, and your human friends, too. Let them bring their teddys along. Today is going to be a fun day.

Have a happy Party With Your Bear Day.

Where is Have a Party With Your Bear Day?
Worldwide

Button Day 2013
November 16, 2013 in the World

Households have long followed the practice of snipping buttons from clothing headed for the ragbag. Do you remember playing with your mother’s—or grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s—button box or jar or tin? The impulse to collect is a basic part of the human psyche, and buttons have been admired and collected for centuries. Button collecting was recognized as an organized hobby through the founding of the National Button Society in 1938.

Button Day is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. Button come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. There is an amazingly endless variety of buttons for your collection.

National Button Society
http://www.nationalbuttonsociety.org/Home.html

Where is Button Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

13 – General Tiberius’ (later Emperor) triumphant procession through Rome after siege of Germany

1380 – French King Charles VI declares no taxes for ever

1532 – Francisco Pizarro captures Incan emperor Atahualpa after victory at Cajamarca

1676 – 1st colonial prision organized, Nantucket Mass

1801 – 1st edition of New York Evening Post

1835 – Charles Darwin’s voyage published in Cambridge Philosophical Society

1875 – William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities

1885 – Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and “Father of Manitoba”, Louis Riel is executed for treason aged 41.

1918 – Hungarian People’s Republic declared

1925 – American Association for Advancement of Atheism forms (NY)

1938 – LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

1945 – UNESCO is founded.

1950 – US pres Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat

1963 – Touch-tone telephone introduced

Calendar day; November 15, 2013

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer
November 15, 2013 in the World

Day of the Imprisoned Writer oder Writers in Prison Day is celebrated on November 15, 2013. The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an annual, international day intended to recognize and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. It was started in 1981 by International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee.

In addition to increasing the public’s awareness of persecuted writers in general, PEN uses the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to direct attention to several specific persecuted or imprisoned writers and their individual circumstances. Each of the selected writers is from a different part of the world, and each case represents circumstances of repression that occur when governments or other entities in power feel threatened by what writers have written.

On this day, the general public is encouraged to take action—in the form of donations and letters of appeal on behalf of the selected writers. The day also serves to commemorate all of the writers killed since the previous year’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

PEN International – DAY OF THE IMPRISONED WRITER
http://www.pen-international.org/themes/day-of-the-imprisoned-writer-2013/

Where is Day of the Imprisoned Writer?
Worldwide

America Recycles Day
November 15, 2013 in the USA

America Recycles Day is observed on November 15, 2013. America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Thousands of events are held across the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to encourage Americans to sign personal pledges to recycle and buy products made from recycled materials. Started by the recycling sector organization National Recycling Coalition in 1997, America Recycles Day has been a program of national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2009. As the managing entity of America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful provides promotional and marketing support and resources to a network of local event organizers. It is sponsored by private and public entities and the EPA.

Where is America Recycles Day?
Nationwide USA

El Buen Fin 2013
November 15 – 18, 2013 in Mexico

El Buen Fin is observed on November 15, 2013. El Buen Fin (“The Good End” or “The Good Weekend”) is the name given to the third weekend of November in Mexico, and the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early and offer all their store’s stuff with the cheapest prices for the year. This is not an official holiday, rather it is a traditional celebration. The purpose of this weekend is to revive the economy by encouraging consumption and improve the quality of life of all Mexican families by implementing promotions and discounts in the prices of various products. It was inspired by the American celebration, Black Friday and emerged as an initiative of Council of Business Coordinator, in association with the federal government and private sector organizations.

Where is El Buen Fin?
Nationwide Mexico

Shichi-Go-San 2013
November 15, 2013 in Japan

Shichi-Go-San is observed on November 15, 2013. Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. The tradition has changed little since the Meiji Period. While the ritual regarding hair has been discarded, boys who are aged three or five and girls who are aged three or seven are still dressed in kimono – many for the first time – for visits to shrines. Three-year-old girls usually wear hifu (a type of padded vest) with their kimono. Western-style formal wear is also worn by some children. A more modern practice is photography, and this day is well known as a day to take pictures of children. Some families observe the rite based on the traditional way of calculating age, or kazoedoshi, in which children are one year old at birth and gain a year on each lunar new year.

Where is Shichi-Go-San?
Nationwide Japan

Philanthropy Day
November 15, 2013 in the USA

National Philanthropy Day®, November 15, is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

National Philanthropy Day Official Website
http://www.afpnet.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4032

Where is National Philanthropy Day?
Nationwide USA

Clean Your Refrigerator Day
November 15, 2013 in the World

Although it has been rumored that Clean Your Refrigerator Day was started by the Whirlpool Corporation, the origin of this event is lost in the mists of time. The day is a great reminder though, that, to function effectively, our kitchen appliances should be cleaned out once in a while.

Refrigerators can be one of those kitchen appliances that are taken for granted. They keep food cool and prevent it from spoiling. We only notice them when they fail to work or if a foul smell starts emanating from the interior every time we open the door. Food we bought weeks ago can be lurking in the back, uneaten.

So, don your rubber gloves, fill that bucket with warm water and get cleaning. It won’t take long. In fact, a couple of hours will probably do it. The ‘fridge doesn’t even have to be turned off. You’ll thank yourself later.

Where is Clean Your Refrigerator Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

655 – Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria.

1492 – Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco

1532 – Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn

1763 – Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland

1826 – Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura

1827 – Creek-indians lose all their property in US

1837 – Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system

1881 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)

1884 – Colonization of Africa orgainized at Intl conference in Berlin

1904 – King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade

1920 – League of Nations holds 1st meeting, in Geneva

1939 – Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews

1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st film “Love Me Tender” premieres in NYC

1969 – Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Fla

1995 – Space shuttle Atlantis docks with orbiting Russian space station Mir

Calendar day; November 13, 2013

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World Kindness Day
November 13, 2013 in the World

The World Kindness Day is on November 13, 2013. It is a day that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion. According to modern psychology, altruistic acts increases our own happiness in a profound way.

The World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates.

Kindness is the act or the state of being kind – ie. marked by goodness and charitable behaviour, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.

Wordsworth said; “the best bits of a man’s life are the simple, random acts of kindness and love”.

Where is World Kindness Day?
Worldwide

Sadie Hawkins Day
November 13, 2013 in the World

An American folk event, Sadie Hawkins Day is a pseudo-holiday that originated in Al Capp’s classic hillbilly comic strip, Li’l Abner (1934–1978). This inspired real-world Sadie Hawkins dances, where girls ask boys out.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadie_Hawkins_Day

Where is Sadie Hawkins Day?
Worldwide (?)

Indian Pudding Day
November 13, 2013 in the USA

National Indian Pudding Day is observed on November 13, 2013. Indian pudding is a traditional New England dessert, “a cold-weather classic”. Seventeenth-century English colonists brought hasty pudding to North America and transformed it completely.

Lacking wheat, they substituted cornmeal, a grain they learned to cultivate from the indigenous peoples, which led to the new name Indian pudding, derived from their name for cornmeal, Indian meal. They substituted milk, which was plentiful, for water and added locally available sweeteners, either molasses or maple syrup, and spices when available, typically cinnamon and ground ginger.

Other traditional ingredients include butter and eggs for a smoother consistency and raisins and nuts for flavor and contrasting texture. Finally, Indian pudding is baked in a slow oven for several hours, transforming its texture from the porridge-like quality of hasty pudding to a smoother texture more typical of custard puddings.

The 20th century’s commercial puddings with their industrially perfect smooth consistency displaced Indian pudding and its cooking time had little appeal for the modern home cook. It is still associated with autumn holidays and occasionally revived by restaurants. It is usually served warm and sometimes accompanied by vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Where is National Indian Pudding Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1002 – English king Ethelred II launches massacre of Danish settlers

1553 – English Lady Jane Grey/Bishop Cranmer accused of high treason

1775 – American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal

1789 – Ben Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes”

1839 – 1st US anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in NY

1851 – 1st meeting of anti-revolutionary “Netherlands & Orange”

1887 – Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.

1913 – 1st modern elastic brassiere patented by Mary Phelps Jacob

1922 – Black Renaissance begins Harlem NY

1931 – Hattie Caraway (D-AK) appointed 1st US woman senator

1940 – Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” released

1952 – False fingernails 1st sold

1965 – Director Kenneth Tynan says the word “Fuck” on BBC

1977 – Final Al Capp comic strip of “Li’l Abner” (1934-77)

1986 – US President Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran

1987 – 1st condom commercial on BBC TV

Calendar Day; November 12, 2013

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Young Readers Day
November 12, 2013 in the World

Young Readers Day takes place on November 12, 2013. It is celebrated each year on the second Tuesday in November. Young Readers Day is a chance to celebrate it with your children by reading to them and with them. Why not give them a new book on this day as an intelligent investment in your childrens future?

Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning. It is a means of language acquisition, of communication, and of sharing information and ideas. Like all language, it is a complex interaction between the text and the reader which is shaped by the reader’s prior knowledge, experiences, attitude, and language community which is culturally and socially situated.

The reading process requires continuous practice, development, and refinement. Reading is typically an individual activity, although on occasion a person will read out loud for the benefit of other listeners.

Where is Young Readers Day?
Worldwide

World Pneumonia Day
November 12, 2013 in the World

World Pneumonia Day takes place on November 12, 2013. World Pneumonia Day provides an annual forum for the world to stand together and demand action in the fight against pneumonia. Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease that sickens 155 million children under 5 and kills 1.6 million each year. This makes pneumonia the number 1 killer of children under 5, claiming more young lives than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Yet most people are unaware of pneumonia’s overwhelming death toll. Because of this pneumonia has been overshadowed as a priority on the global health agenda, and rarely receives coverage in the news media.

World Pneumonia Day helps to bring this health crisis to the public’s attention and encourages policy makers and grassroots organizers alike to combat the disease. In spite of the massive death toll of this disease, affordable treatment and prevention options exist. There are effective vaccines against the two most common causes of deadly pneumonia, Haemophilus influenzae type B and Streptococcus pneumoniae. A course of antibiotics which costs less than $1(US) is capable of curing the disease if it is started early enough. The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) released by the WHO and UNICEF on World Pneumonia Day, 2009, finds that 1 million children’s lives could be saved every year if prevention and treatment interventions for pneumonia were widely introduced in the world’s poorest countries.

World Pneumonia Day:
http://worldpneumoniaday.org/

Where is World Pneumonia Day?
Worldwide

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
November 12, 2013 in the World

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day is celebrated on November 12, 2013 an is a celebration about you. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series of books. The name “Chicken Soup For The Soul” was chosen for this series because of the use of chicken soup as a home remedy for the sick, and therefore it was “good for the body.” The inspirational stories included in this series were meant to be “good for the soul.”

Chicken soup is a soup made from chicken, simmered with various other ingredients. The classic chicken soup consists of a clear broth, often with pieces of chicken or vegetables; common additions are pasta, dumplings, or grains such as rice and barley. Chicken soup has also acquired the reputation of a folk remedy for colds and flus, and in many countries is considered a comfort food.

In the United States and Canada, chicken soup often has noodles or rice in it, thus giving it its common name of “chicken noodle soup.” Traditionally, American chicken soup was prepared using old hens too tough and stringy to be roasted or cooked for a short time. In modern times, these fowl are difficult to come by, and broiler chickens are often used to make soup; soup hens or fowl are to be preferred when available.

Where is Chicken Soup for the Soul Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

295 – Origin of Era of Ascension

1439 – Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.

1775 – General Washington forbids recruiting officers enlisting blacks

1823 – Great North Holland Canal (Amsterdam) opens

1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

1859 – Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris) He also designed garment that bears his name

1910 – 1st Movie stunt: man jumps into Hudson river from a burning balloon

1912 – Robert Scott’s diary & dead body found in Antarctica

1921 – Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments

1927 – 1st underwater tunnel, Holland Tunnel connecting NY to NJ opens

1927 – Trotsky expelled from Soviet CP; Stalin becomes undisputed dictator

1933 – 1st known photo of Loch Ness monster (or whatever) is taken

1933 – Nazis receive 92% of vote in Germany

1956 – Largest observed iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, 1st sighted

1964 – Paula Murphy sets female land speed record 226.37 MPH

1968 – Supreme Court declares Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools unconstitutional

1970 – Scientists perform 1st artificial synthesis of a live cell

1981 – 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)

1987 – Heavy snow closes schools from DC to Maine

Calendar Day; November 11, 2013

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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

Calendar Day; 10 November, 2013

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Forget-Me-Not Day
November 10, 2013 in the World

Forget-Me-Not Day, a special day set aside each year to remember the special people in your life.

While its origins are unknown, this annual “holiday” provides the perfect opportunity to rekindle an old romance, visit a childhood friend or call that relative you haven’t seen in years. And Forget-Me-Not Day is not just for the living. It also serves as an important reminder to remember those very special loved ones who have passed away.

Where is Forget-Me-Not Day?
Worldwide

Remembrance Sunday
November 10, 2013 in United Kingdom

Remembrance Sunday is celebrated on November 10, 2013. In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is the Sunday nearest to 11 November Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918. Remembrance Sunday is held “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”. In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in most cities, towns and villages, attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and -women, members of local armed forces regular and reserve units, military cadet forces and youth organisations. Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes silence is held at 11 a.m. Church bells are usually rung “half-muffled”, creating a sombre effect.

Where is Remembrance Sunday?
Nationwide United Kingdom

USMC Day 2013
November 10, 2013 in the USA

USMC Day celebrates the birth of the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps were created during the Revolutionary War.

The Continental Congress of the newly created United States of America, authorized the creation of the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775. It was later renamed the U.S. Marine Corps. It is often abbreviated as USMC.

The Marine Corps has proudly participated in every war that has involved the United States.

If you see a Marine today, thank them for their contributions to protecting our country. Active or retired, they deserve our thanks and appreciation.

History of Marine Corps Day:
http://www.defense.gov/afd/marinecorps.aspx

Where is USMC Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

911 – Conrad I elecect German King

1619 – René Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy.

1674 – Dutch formally cede New Netherlands (NY) to English

1775 – Congress forms US Marine Corps

1793 – France ends forced worship of God

1871 – Henry Morton Stanley in Ujiji, Central Africa, encounters David Livingstone with the immortal words ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’

1891 – 1st Women’s Christian Temperance Union meeting held (in Boston)

1908 – 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room

1917 – 41 suffragists are arrested in front of White House

1918 – The Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, NS received a top-secret coded message from Europe (that would be sent to Ottawa, ON and Washington, DC) that said on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air.

1926 – Vincent Massey becomes 1st Canadian minister to USA

1940 – Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.

1945 – Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald liberated by US

1951 – 1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance

1960 – US Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill

1969 – “Sesame Street” premieres on PBS TV

1975 – Ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald & crew of 29 lost in storm on Lake Superior

1980 – Poland acknowledges Solidarity union

1989 – Germans begin demolishing Berlin Wall

Nano write-a-thon day

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Yep, I’m going to be unsociable today. Eight hours of writing next. I missed writing yesterday, went to the Dentist’s who took one look at my face and asked if I was having sinus problems. See told ya, it looked bad. Anywho he poked around a bit and then prescribed me some antibiotics, yep, I have a sinus infection again. UGH. So I spent most of the day yesterday sleeping on and off, and shivering- seems I’ve also got a bit of a flu buggie. UGH!

But it’s Saturday and it’s time to write. So…hope ya’ll have a lovely day! It’s beautiful outside my window. And from what I’ve told by hubs, it’s nice outside too.

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Calendar Day; 9 November, 2013

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World Freedom Day in the U.S.
November 9, 2013 in the USA

World Freedom Day in the U.S. is observed on November 09, 2013. World Freedom Day is a United States federal observance declared by then-President George W. Bush to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. It started in 2001 and is celebrated on 9 November. For this occasion, conservative youth groups such as Young America’s Foundation and the College Republicans urge students to commemorate this day (which they mark as the start of “Freedom Week,” thus including Veterans Day) by “celebrating victory over communism” through provocative flyer campaigns and activism projects. Many conservative political commentators and activists use World Freedom Day as an occasion in which to acclaim President Ronald Reagan, whom they regard as being responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

Where is World Freedom Day in the U.S.?
Nationwide USA

Chaos Never Dies Day
November 9, 2013 in the World

There are quite a number of days dedicated to stress relief, calmness and generally taking it easy. All of these days work on the premise that we’re too busy, too bustly, and need to step away from it all for a little while. But the world doesn’t work like that – we’re all busy, all the time, and nothing’s ever simple or quiet!

Chaos Never Dies Day takes the stance that the perfect, quiet moment we’re all striving for and anticipating doesn’t – and likely never will – exist, and that we should make the most of now, chaos-and-all, and embrace the moment.

On the bright side: If you think your life is chaotic today, just wait until the holiday season arrives.

Where is Chaos Never Dies Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

694 – Spanish King Egica accuses Jews of aiding Moslems/sentenced to slavery

1541 – Queen Catharine Howard confined in Tower of London

1764 – Mary Campbell, a captive of the Lenape during the French and Indian War, is turned over to forces commanded by Colonel Henry Bouquet.

1799 – Napoleon becomes dictator (1st consul) of France

1861 – 1st documented Canadian football game (at U of Toronto)

1872 – The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Close to 1,000 buildings destroyed

1904 – 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes

1927 – Giant Panda discovered, China

1935 – Japan invades Shanghai, China

1944 – Red Cross wins Nobel peace prize

1961 – USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 30,970m

1965 – Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965.

1976 – UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa

1994 – Chandrika Kumaratunga chosen 1st female president of Sri Lanka

Calendar day; 8 November, 2013

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Dunce Day 2013
November 8, 2013 in the World

Dunce Day celebrates the the term “Dunce” and dunce caps. Today marks the death (November 8, 1308) of medieval scholar Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland.

Dunce Day is all about learning. So, lets get right to it and learn about dunce caps and the creator of dunce caps.

Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland was a medieval scholar. Perceptions of his views ranged from brilliant to less than complimentary. Duns Scotus believed that cone shaped hats increased learning potential. He believed knowledge would flow from the point of the cap, down and into the head of the wearer, making that person smarter. About all this accomplished over time, was the perception of a person wearing a dunce cap to be…… a dunce. There was a positive side to his use of dunce caps. It motivated the wearer to learn more, so he could be rid of the the cap. Scholar critics of his work derived the term “dunce” from his name and place of birth.

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Cook Something Bold Day
November 8, 2013 in the World

According to it’s creator, Cook Something Bold Day is designed to encourage us to cook something bold and daring, that will fill up the house with warm, “homey” odors. It is celebrated in the month of November, as houses are closed up for the winter, and capture the cooking smells.

We hope you cook up a storm today, and have a very happy Cook Something Bold Day!!!

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Historical Events:

392 – Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion, state religion

1519 – 1st meeting of Montezuma & Hernán Cortés in Mexico

1638 – Anne Hutchinson banished from Massachusetts

1731 – In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st US library

1789 – Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon Ky)

1895 – German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays

1923 – Hitler stages unsuccessful “Beer Hall Putsch” in Muenchen (Munich)

1939 – Failed assassination attempt on Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich

1950 – 1st jet-plane battle ever, in Korean War

1965 – “Days of Our Lives” premieres on TV

1984 – Anna Fisher becomes 1st “mom” to go into orbit

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As I sit here typing this, I can feel my eye swelling up. Yes, it’s those lovely sinus allergies at fault. And I swear this is Karma! From when I was a child giggling at my mom’s discomfort when her allergies made her eyes swell up.

This is getting to be painful, I can’t rub my eye, it would make it worse. So I let it keep watering, looking like I’m crying, and even that is hurting now.

I need to place a call to my doc tomorrow and ensure that the sinus meds I’m prescribed will not affect me adversely with all the other new meds I’ve been prescribed. I still have 21 days until my follow up appt from the heart attack, at the VA. OI!

I’m so ready to call it a day at the mo. Co-workers are telling me I look fine, but you know how you see yourself in a mirror and exponentially everything looks worse. That’s how I’m feeling right now.

so let’s practice those distress tolerance skills, and get back to some more writing. I had a lil freak out moment earlier. There are two places on the site that you can input for a count. One is numerical, and the other is copy/paste insert and the site verifies your word count. I prefer the second option. But I had inserted the words into the numerical box and it cleared out my whole stats. I was truly freaking out. And then… I stepped away. Refreshed the site, and oh yeah, there is that box. OI!

so back to writing now. type type type…. the muse is whispering gently in my ear.

Peace & Punctuation Punkins!

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