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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.
General Events:
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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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