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Calendar day; November 11, 2014

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Tuesday, the 11th of November, 2014 is the 315th day in 2014 and in the 46th calendar week.
Armistice Day 2014
November 11, 2014 in the World
The Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11, 2014. 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
Veterans Day 2014
November 11, 2014 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 eitherSaturday 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
Remembrance Day
November 11, 2014 in Canada
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day) is a memorial day since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. 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 1931, the federal parliament adopted an act to amend the Armistice Day Act, providing that the day should be observed on 11 November and that the day should be known as Remembrance Day. The federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada states that the date is of “remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace”; specifically, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and all conflicts since then in which members of the Canadian Forces have participated.
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 colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
Where is Remembrance Day?
Nationwide Canada
World Origami Day
November 11, 2014 in the World
Origami is more than just a way to celebrate intricate paper folding: it’s a way to celebrate World Peace Memorial Day and to commemorate the end of World War I, according to the Nippon Origami Association. Origami was “originally used in religious ceremonies, and later as a decorative element in other rituals, origami gradually filtered down to the messes the spread in the use of the paper,” according to the NAO. Origami is not just limited to folding, you can also “cut, paste and paint Origami.”
Where is World Origami Day?
Worldwide
Diwali: Festival of Lights
November 11, 2014 in the World
Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It’s the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that’s marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.
The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Where is Diwali: Festival of Lights?
Worldwide
Singles Day 2014
November 11, 2014 in China
Singles Day, One’s Day or Guang Gun Jie is a Chinese pop culture holiday held on November 11, 2014 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 on 11th November:
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
1634 – Following pressure from Anglican bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes “An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery”.
1673 – Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used.
1775 – Mohawk military leader Joseph Brant goes to London to solicit more support from the government and to persuade the Crown to address past Mohawk land grievances in exchange for their participation as allies in the impending war
1851 – Alvan Clark patents telescope
1880 – Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol
1890 – D McCree patents portable fire escape
1909 – Construction of US navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, begins
1911 – Russia issues an ultimatum to Persia and follows it with an invasion of North Persia to impose political control
1918 – Poland declares independence
1918 – Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect, WW I hostilities end at 11.00 am
1930 – Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator
1940 – Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle (“Jeep”)
1961 – Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
1962 – Kuwait’s National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait.
1968 – Maldives (in Indian Ocean) becomes a republic
1975 – Angola gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
1988 – Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
1999 – Last upside down date until January 1, 6000

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

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