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Flower - Chrysanthemum (signifies cheerfulness and friendship)

Alternate Flower - Orchid

Birthstone - Citrine (signifies loyalty and fidelity)

Alternate Birthstone - Yellow Topaz

November Name Origin - November is Latin for ninth (it was originally the ninth month)


November 1

Cake Appreciation Day - I am sure no one needs ideas on celebrating this day.

All Saints' Day - This is a day to commemorate all saints whether known or not.

National Authors' Day - See Author Poems and Quotes. Many authors now have websites with email links or Facebook pages where people can comment.

National Family Literacy Day - Reading to your children from a young age is one way to promote literacy. Also let them see you reading for enjoyment. See The National Institute for Literacy.

No Driving with Cell Phones Day - On this day in 2001, New York became the first state to ban drivers from talking on hand-held cell phones. Many other states have followed even though this will only be partly helpful. Studies have shown that even when using a hands-free headset drivers are distracted enough to increase the chance of an accident considerably.

Hello Kitty's Birthday - Hello Kitty was introduced on this day in 1974 in Japan.

International Coaches Day - This was started in 2002 to honor coaches of all kinds. See Coach Poems and Quotes.

Plate Tectonics Day - German scientist, Alfred Wegener was born on this day in 1880. He created the theory of continental drift. His theory was not accepted by other scientists until many years after his death. Now he is recognized as being the founding father of plate tectonics.

World Vegetation Day - See Urban Sprawl.


November 2

National Deviled Egg Day - I like my deviled eggs really simple. I mash the yokes with a little sweet pickle juice and mayonnaise to taste and spoon them back into the whites. See these Deviled Egg Recipes.

Look for Circles Day - This is a fun day for young children who are learning the concept of shapes. Give them stickers or praise each time they point out something that is in the shape of a circle.

Piggy Bank Day - See Money Poems and Quotes.

All Soul's Day - This day commemorates the souls of the faithful who have passes away.

Women's Voting Rights Day - On this day in 1920 women were allowed to vote for the first time in federal elections.

Birthday of Daniel Boone - Kentucky frontiersman, Daniel Boone, was born on this day in 1734.

Plan Your Epitaph Day If you don't plan your own epitaph you might end up with something like these.

Traffic Directors Day - Contrary to the name this day has nothing to do with automobile traffic. Instead it commemorates personnel who work in the continuity, billing, business, production and other behind the scenes departments of radio and television stations. It was created by the Traffic Directors Guild of America in 2000 to commemorate the first commercial radio broadcast in Pittsburgh in 1922.

- North Dakota Admission Day North Dakota became the 39th state in 1889. See North Dakota Poems and Quotes.

South Dakota Admission Day - South Dakota became the 40th state in 1889. See South Dakota Poems and Quotes.

Birthday of President Warren G. Harding (born in 1865) - He was the twenty-ninth president.

Birthday of President James Polk (born in 1795) - He was the eleventh president.

Election Day 2021 (first Tuesday after the first Monday) - See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.


November 3

Housewife's Day - This is a day to say thank you to the housewives you know. Though housewives do not always get much respect, they play a vital roll in the neighborhoods where they live. They are the one all the kids can go in an emergency, where you can have UPS leave your packages that require a signature, who coordinates the neighborhood block party, who drive school kids on field trips, and a million other things that working wives and mothers don't have time for. See Domestic Engineering Poems and Quotes.

National Sandwich Day

Give Someone a Dollar Today Day - A dollar doesn't seem like much money nowadays but I am sure you can find someone who will appreciate it. See Money Poems and Quotes.

Bra Birthday On this day in 1914, Mary Phelps Jacob was issued the first patent for a brassiere.

Public Television Birthday - The Public Broadcasting Service was founded in 1969.

World Community Day 2023 (first Friday) - This was created by Church Women United to focus on justice and peace through non-violent means.


November 4

National Candy Day - I am not sure why this isn't celebrated on Halloween. Maybe this is the day you try to figure out what to do with all the leftover candy before you and your families teeth are ruined. Why not try these Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes.

Air-Conditioned Automobile Anniversary - Packard introduced the first air-conditioned automobile in 1939. The catch was that in order to turn the air-conditioning on and off you had to shut off the engine, open the hood and connect or disconnect the belt from the compressor.

Play Monopoly Day - The first Monopoly Game (in the form we know it) went on sale in 1935. Some sources list this as February 6. See Game Scrapbook Ideas.

King Tut Day - On this day in 1922 the tomb of King Tut was discovered.

World Community Day 2022 (first Friday) - This was created by Church Women United to focus on justice and peace through non-violent means.

Book Lover's Day 2023 (first Saturday) - This is also celebrated on August 9. See The National Book Foundation and Book Poems and Quotes.


November 5

Donut Day - There are many theories of how and when donuts were invented. On theory is that they were created by American Hansen Gregory in 1847. Whoever did it, I am very grateful.

First Post Office Anniversary - The first post office in the colonies was set up in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639 in the home of Richard Fairbanks.

First Woman Voting Anniversary - On this day in 1872 suffragist Susan B. Anthony voted. At that time it was illegal for women to vote in national elections in the United States so she was fined one hundred dollars.

First Woman Governor Anniversary - The voters of Connecticut elected Ella Grasso governor on this day in 1974. She was the first woman governor who was not the wife or widow of a past governor.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Election Anniversary - For the only time in United States history a president was elected to a third term on this day in 1940.

National Men Make Dinner Day™ 2023 (first Thursday) - If the man in your life cooks for you on a regular basis you can skip this day. Otherwise, direct him to this website.

National Sleep-In Day 2023 (first Sunday) If you were celebrating this correctly you wouldn't be sitting in front of the computer! Take advantage of that extra hour of sleep you get from the end of daylight savings time. To learn more about sleep visit the National Sleep Foundation and Sleep Scrapbook Ideas.

Daylight Savings Time ends 2023 (first Sunday)

New York City Marathon 2023 (first Sunday) - The first annual New York City Marathon was held in 1970. See Fitness and Exercise Poems and Quotes.

Zero-Tasking Day 2023 (first Sunday) - If you choose not to use the hour given back to you by the end of Daylight Savings Time for sleep, that doesn't mean you have to use it for work. Why not take the opportunity to do nothing, even if for a short time. Sit on the porch and enjoy the crisp fall air. Relax in a bubble bath. Lay on the couch and listen to music. Do whatever you want that doesn't require any work on your part.

World Community Day 2021 (first Friday) - This was created by Church Women United to focus on justice and peace through non-violent means.

Book Lover's Day 2022 (first Saturday) - This is also celebrated on August 9. See The National Book Foundation and Book Poems and Quotes.


November 6

I Love Nachos Day

International End Gossip Day

Basketball Day - James Naismith, inventor of basketball, was born on this day in 1861. See Basketball Poems and Quotes.

Electric Razor Birthday - On this day in 1928, Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the first electric razor.

Halfway Point of Autumn - At this time of year in Kansas it is typically quite chilly in the morning and evening. But it is still warm enough in mid-day to participate in outdoor activities.

Marching Band Day - See Musical Instrument Poems and Quotes.

Saxophone Day - Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, was born on this day in 1914. See Musical Instrument Poems and Quotes.

Marooned Without a Compass Day - I was never good at using a compass. Fortunately, many people now have cell phones with GPS to help them find their way around.

National Sleep-In Day 2022 (first Sunday) If you were celebrating this correctly you wouldn't be sitting in front of the computer! Take advantage of that extra hour of sleep you get from the end of daylight savings time. To learn more about sleep visit the National Sleep Foundation and Sleep Scrapbook Ideas.

Daylight Savings Time ends 2022 (first Sunday)

New York City Marathon 2022 (first Sunday) - The first annual New York City Marathon was held in 1970. See Fitness and Exercise Poems and Quotes.

Zero-Tasking Day 2022 (first Sunday) - If you choose not to use the hour given back to you by the end of Daylight Savings Time for sleep, that doesn't mean you have to use it for work. Why not take the opportunity to do nothing, even if for a short time. Sit on the porch and enjoy the crisp fall air. Relax in a bubble bath. Lay on the couch and listen to music. Do whatever you want that doesn't require any work on your part.

Book Lover's Day 2021 (first Saturday) - This is also celebrated on August 9. See The National Book Foundation and Book Poems and Quotes.


November 7

National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day - I can do without the almonds but love bittersweet chocolate.

Hug a Bear Day - Unless you are braver, or more foolish, than I am you will hug a teddy bear and not a real bear. See Bear Poems and Quotes.

Notary Public Day - This was started in 1975 to commemorate the public service provided by notaries. See The American Society of Notaries.

National Sleep-In Day 2021 (first Sunday) If you were celebrating this correctly you wouldn't be sitting in front of the computer! Take advantage of that extra hour of sleep you get from the end of daylight savings time. To learn more about sleep visit the National Sleep Foundation and Sleep Scrapbook Ideas.

Daylight Savings Time ends 2021 (first Sunday)

New York City Marathon 2021 (first Sunday) - The first annual New York City Marathon was held in 1970. See Fitness and Exercise Poems and Quotes.

Zero-Tasking Day 2021 (first Sunday) - If you choose not to use the hour given back to you by the end of Daylight Savings Time for sleep, that doesn't mean you have to use it for work. Why not take the opportunity to do nothing, even if for a short time. Sit on the porch and enjoy the crisp fall air. Relax in a bubble bath. Lay on the couch and listen to music. Do whatever you want that doesn't require any work on your part.

Election Day 2023 (first Tuesday after the first Monday) - See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.


November 8

I Hate to Cook Day - Two words: fast food.

Try a New Recipe Day - See Food.com.

Dunce Day - Duns Scotus, a medieval scholar from Duns, Scotland, died on this day in 1308. He believed that a cone-shaped cap would cause knowledge to flow from the point and down into the head of the wearer. When I was in grade school in the early 1950's they were still used by a few teachers as a form of punishment. Usually it involved sitting in the corner wearing a dunce cap after various forms of misbehavior.

X-ray Day - Chemist and physicist, Marie Curie, was born on this day in 1867. She was awarded two Nobel Prizes for her work related to radioactivity which led to x-rays.

Montana Admission Day - Montana became the 41st state in 1889. See Montana Poems and Quotes.

Election Day 2022 (first Tuesday after the first Monday) - See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

National Young Readers Day 2022 (second Tuesday) - This was created in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Library of Congress. This is mainly celebrated in schools but it would be a good time to give books to the children you know.


November 9

Go to an Art Museum Today Day - My perceptions of art museums used to be that they were formal and dreary places filled with portraits of frowning people and modern art with unrecognizable objects. I couldn't have been more wrong, at least about the art museum where I live. It is a bright place with lots of activity. There is a large 'hands on' area for kids, wonderful sculptures and beautiful paintings of everything you can imagine. Many art museums have days where the admission is free or reduced so if you have never been to an art museum try it.

Parade Day - This is listed on many holiday sites but I couldn't find any info about the origin. See Parade Poems and Quotes.

Chaos Never Dies Day - Today our lives are filled with constant busyness at work, at home and even during so-called 'spare' time. We need to learn to eliminate some of the chaos because the stress levels of many people today are taking a physical and emotional toll. See these 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life. I had not read this list when I decided to move to an apartment close to my job but it was great. Instead of the stressful drive through traffic twice a day I had a short relaxing walk and it made a big difference.

National Young Readers Day 2021 (second Tuesday) - This was created in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Library of Congress. This is mainly celebrated in schools but it would be a good time to give books to the children you know.


November 10

National Forget-Me-Not Day - Contact people who you haven't talked to in a while. Contact people who had a positive affect on your life and thank them. That could include teachers, scout leaders, mentors, relatives, etc. See Memory Poems and Quotes.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day - One advantage of vanilla cupcakes is that, while they may not be most people's favorite, hardly anyone dislikes them. Another advantage is that any kind of frosting tastes good on them.

Gingerbread House Day (also celebrated December 12) - This is also known as 'Eat Yourself Out of House and Home Day'. See How to Make an Easy (but still impressive) Gingerbread House.

Motorcycle Birthday - The first gasoline-powered motorcycle was invented in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler. It was called the Daimler Reitwagen. Reitwagen means 'riding car'. It could reach speeds of 7 MPH. See Motorcycle Poems and Quotes.

Area Codes Birthday - The first customer-dialed call using an area code was placed on this day in 1951. Previous to that you had to go through an operator to place a long distance call. The call was between Mayor M. Leslie Downing in Englewood, New Jersey and Mayor Frank Osborne in Alameda, California. See Phone Poems and Quotes.

Marine Corps Day - The U.S. Marine Corps was established on this day in 1775 to help the navy during the Revolutionary War. It was abolished at the end of the war and then reestablished on July 11, 1798. See Marine Poems and Quotes.

Sesame Street Sesame Street premiered on public television on this day in 1969. My daughters were two and three at the time. I never let them watch a lot of TV because I think kids are better off doing things like reading, games, physical activities, crafts, etc. than watching TV. I did make an exception for shows like Sesame Street.


November 11

Route 66 Birthday - Route 66, one of the first U.S. highways, was established on this day in 1926. It went 2,448 miles from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California by way of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The route was changed and updated over the years and little by little was replaced by other interstate highways. U.S. Route 66 officially ceased to exist as of 1985. You can still drive many parts of the original road as they mostly became state and local roads. See U.S. Route 66 at Wikipedia and Car Poems and Quotes.

Air Day - This was started to encourage people in the San Francisco area to find ways to lessen air pollution. See Spare the Air.

Four Ones Day - This is on 11/11 every year.

Remembrance Day - This is celebrated in Canada and other countries to commemorate the end of WWI. The armies stopped fighting at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Anniversary - The dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was on this day in 1921. See Veteran Poems and Quotes.

Veterans Day - WWI formally ended at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This day was created to remember veterans of all wars. See Veteran Poems and Quotes.

Washington Admission Day - Washington became the 42nd state in 1889. See Washington Poems and Quotes.

Sadie Hawkins Day 2023 (first Saturday on or after the 9th) - The origins of Sadie Hawkins Day came from the Li'l Abner comic strip and was first mentioned on November 13, 1937. When I was growing up girls normally didn't ask guys out except to the annual Sadie Hawkins dance. Everyone either wore jeans or dressing like various characters in the comic strip. Do not confuse this with February 29 when it is okay for women to propose to men.


November 12

Chicken Soup for Soul Day - This day was created by Mark Hansen and Jack Canfield, authors of the famous book series. It is meant to be "... a celebration of who you are, where you've been, where you're going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!"

Are You Ready for Some Football? Day - The first Sunday football game in Philadelphia was held on this day in 1933. Previously Sunday football had been illegal. See Football Poems and Quotes.

National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day - This day could be everyday as far as I am concerned. I love pizza but can't stand anchovies.

Ellis Island Closing Anniversary - The Ellis Island immigration station in New York Harbor closed on this day in 1954.

Holland Tunnel Day - The Holland Tunnel, the first underwater tunnel, that connected New York and New Jersey, opened on this day in 1927.

Arkansas Joins the Twentieth Century Day - On this day in 1968 the Supreme Court declares Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools unconstitutional.

Sadie Hawkins Day 2022 (first Saturday on or after the 9th) - The origins of Sadie Hawkins Day came from the Li'l Abner comic strip and was first mentioned on November 13, 1937. When I was growing up girls normally didn't ask guys out except to the annual Sadie Hawkins dance. Everyone either wore jeans or dressing like various characters in the comic strip. Do not confuse this with February 29 when it is okay for women to propose to men.


November 13

World Kindness Day - This is the anniversary of the first World Kindness Movement® conference. The purpose is to focus on the things we have in common with people in every culture so we can attain a peaceful coexistence. See Kindness Poems and Quotes.

First Helicopter Flight - Paul Cornu of France was able to lift a helicopter in the air for twenty seconds on this day in 1907. - See Aviation Poems and Quotes.

First Pacific Balloon Crossing Anniversary - The Double Eagle V became the first hot air balloon to cross the Pacific on this day in 1981.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day - On this day in 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated. As of 2010 there were 58,267 names on the wall. See WikipediA and Veteran Poems and Quotes.

Sadie Hawkins Day 2021 (first Saturday on or after the 9th) - The origins of Sadie Hawkins Day came from the Li'l Abner comic strip and was first mentioned on November 13, 1937. When I was growing up girls normally didn't ask guys out except to the annual Sadie Hawkins dance. Everyone either wore jeans or dressing like various characters in the comic strip. Do not confuse this with February 29 when it is okay for women to propose to men.


November 14

National Pickle Appreciation Day - My favorite pickles are those little tiny sweet pickles, but I also like sweet and sour pickles.

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day - Take time today to relax and stop stressing out about every little thing.

Operating Room Nurse Day - This was created in 1989 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. See Nurse Poems and Quotes.

Streetcar Birthday - The first streetcar was used today in 1832 in New York City. It was pulled by horses along steel rails in the middle of the street.

National Young Readers Day 2023 (second Tuesday) - This was created in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Library of Congress. This is mainly celebrated in schools but it would be a good time to give books to the children you know.


November 15

Godiva Chocolates in America Day - Godiva chocolates were first sold in the United States at Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1966. See Chocolate Poems and Quotes.

Pack Your Mom's Lunch Day - Pack your mom's lunch today for a change. Don't forget to put in a note or special treat along with the healthy food.

I Love to Write Day - This was started in 2002 by author John Riddle. The purpose it to encourage people to write down their thoughts, whether for a poem, short story, start of a novel, letter, etc. See Author Poems and Quotes.

America Recycles Day - This was started in 1997. See Keep America Beautiful and Environment Poems and Quotes.

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day - At least once a year you should remove everything from your refrigerator, throw out expired products, clean the shelves and replace the baking soda. I use vinegar and water to wash the shelves.

Little Red Wagon Day - Won't you ride in my little red wagon . . .

National Philanthropy Day® - This was started in 1986 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. It recognizes the great contribution to society that is made my those individuals and groups who support all kinds of worthy causes.

Safety Razor Birthday - On this day in 1904, King Gillette was granted a patent for a safety razor.

Prematurity Awareness Day 2022 (third Tuesday) - See The March of Dimes®.


November 16

National Fast Food Day - I am an admitted fast-food junkie so my only problem with this day is whether to go to McDonalds or Spangles or Braums or...

National Guacamole Day

Have a Party With Your Bear Day - Invite all your teddy bear friends along with their human companions to a party today. See Teddy Bear Poems and Quotes.

Button Day - When I was a little girl an elderly neighbor would pay me in buttons for running errands for her. She had been a seamstress so had some beautiful buttons. Now, almost sixty years later, I have some of those buttons on display in a shadow box.

Birth of the Blues Day - Blues musician and composer, W.C. Handy, was born on this day in 1873. He is also known as the 'father of the Blues'.

International Day of Tolerance - This was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. See Tolerance Poems and Quotes.

Educational Support Professionals Day - This was created by the National Education Association in 1987 to honor school support staff.

Oklahoma Admission Day - Oklahoma became the 46th state in 1907. See Oklahoma Poems and Quotes.

Prematurity Awareness Day 2021 (third Tuesday) - See The March of Dimes®.

Catholic School Principal Appreciation Day 2023 (Thursday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by the National Catholic Educational Association.

Great American Smokeout 2023 (Thursday before Thanksgiving) - This was created in 1977 by the American Cancer Society.


November 17

National Chocolate Celebration Day - See Chocolate Poems and Quotes.

Homemade Bread Day - Make your own bread today without the use of an automatic breadmaking machine. Kneading bread is very relaxing and the end result can't be beat.

Take a Hike Day - Instead of taking your walk today along city streets or in a mall or gym, find a park or place in the country where you can hike. Hiking is great exercise but more importantly a great stress reliever.

Coping With Uncertainty Day - I prefer an orderly, predictable life so getting divorced seven years ago and going out on my own was very scary (though much better than the alternative). I finally got a good job, found an apartment I liked and settled into a routine that I thought would last until I retired in a few years. After 5 years things fell apart at the company I work for and I am now unemployed in a very bad economy. My coping skills lean toward eating too much and playing solitaire on the computer. I am glad I learned about this holiday as it has given me a reason to research online for better ideas. Here are some sites I found: Coping With Uncertainty about War or Terrorism, Simple Steps for the Stressed-Out, and How Are You Coping with Uncertainty?.

National Farm Joke Day - See Farm Poems and Quotes.

Catholic School Principal Appreciation Day 2022 (Thursday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by the National Catholic Educational Association.

Great American Smokeout 2022 (Thursday before Thanksgiving) - This was created in 1977 by the American Cancer Society.


November 18

Teddy Bear Day - The teddy bear first went on sale in 1902. See this list of Teddy Bear Museums and Teddy Bear Poems and Quotes.

Mickey Mouse Day - Mickey Mouse was introduced on this day in 1928 in Steamboat Willie.

Touch-Tone Telephone Birthday - Push-button phones that used specific tones to convey numbers were introduced in Pennsylvania in 1963. Sometimes when I am trying to make my way through an automated system I think it may not have been such a good idea. Before touch tone phones you actually got to talk to an actual person who directed your call where it needed to go. Then later you used a rotary dial. See Phone Poems and Quotes.

Time Zones Anniversary - In early times each city or town was in charge of keeping their own time. Usually the sun was used as a guide with noon being when the sun was straight overhead. This became a major problem for railroads trying to set up arrival and departure schedules. Sir Sanford Fleming of Canada came up with the time zones we use today in 1878 but it took several years for them to be adopted. Railroad companies in the United States started using the time zones on this day in 1883. By 1895 most places in the United States adopted time zones but they were not made mandatory until 1918.

Catholic School Principal Appreciation Day 2021 (Thursday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by the National Catholic Educational Association.

Great American Smokeout 2021 (Thursday before Thanksgiving) - This was created in 1977 by the American Cancer Society.

National Survivors of Suicide Day 2023 (Saturday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by Congress as a time when friends and family of those who have committed suicide can console and support each other. See The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

National Family Volunteer Day 2023 (Saturday before Thanksgiving) - See Volunteer Poems and Quotes.


November 19

National Vichyssoise Day - I love potato soup hot but can't imagine eating it cold.

Gettysburg Address Anniversary - On this day in 1863, President Lincoln delivered a short speech at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It became known as the Gettysburg Address.

Birthday of President James Garfield (born in 1931) - He was the twentieth president.

National Survivors of Suicide Day 2022 (Saturday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by Congress as a time when friends and family of those who have committed suicide can console and support each other. See The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

National Family Volunteer Day 2022 (Saturday before Thanksgiving) - See Volunteer Poems and Quotes.


November 20

National Flower Day - On this day in 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill that made the rose the national flower. See Flower Poems and Quotes.

Absurdity Day - Put you hair in pigtails or wear that shirt you like but haven't worn because it is too 'loud'. Today you don't have to explain anything.

Bicycle Birthday - The first pedal bicycle patent in the U.S. was awarded on this day in 1866 to Pierre Lallement and James Carroll. See Biking Poems and Quotes.

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Universal Children's Day - This was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954.

Traffic Light Day - The first four-way red, amber, green traffic light was created by police officer, William Potts and installed on the corner of Woodward and Michigan Avenues in Detroit, Michigan in 1920. See Car Poems and Quotes.

First Airport Anniversary - The first municipal airport in the United States opened on this day in 1919 in Tucson, Arizona. See Aviation Poems and Quotes.

Air Your Dirty Laundry Day - This day must have been started before the internet and TV talk shows. Now there is no lack of people willing to tell all about their private lives. On the other hand, I know of many cases where lives are changed, or could be changed, for the better if a secret was revealed.

Future Teachers of America Day - See the Future Educators Association® and Teacher Poems and Quotes.

Birthday of Robert Francis Kennedy - Bobby Kennedy was born on this day in 1925. He was a United States Senator and brother of John F. Kennedy. Bobby was assassinated during his campaign for president on June 6, 1968. His wife, Ethel, gave birth to their eleventh child six months after his death.

National Survivors of Suicide Day 2021 (Saturday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by Congress as a time when friends and family of those who have committed suicide can console and support each other. See The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

National Family Volunteer Day 2021 (Saturday before Thanksgiving) - See Volunteer Poems and Quotes.

Military Families Recognition Day 2023 (Monday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by President Bill Clinton in 1994. See The National Military Family Association and Military Scrapbook Ideas.


November 21

Pumpkin Pie Day - This is also celebrated on December 25.

World Hello Day - This was started in 1973. The purpose of this day is to recognize the importance of communication in preserving world peace. Say hello to ten people today that you normally don't greet.

World Television Day - This was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. Several countries voted against the resolution. One reason is that there are already days commemorating telecommunications and media. But the main objection was because a majority of the world population doesn't have access to television.

Adoption Day - This was designated in 2000 by the Alliance for Children's Rights. On this day many courts across the U.S. finalize adoptions of children from foster care. See Adoption Scrapbook Ideas.

North Carolina Admission Day - North Carolina became the 12th state in 1789. See North Carolina Poems and Quotes.

Prematurity Awareness Day 2023 (third Tuesday) - See The March of Dimes®.

Military Families Recognition Day 2022 (Monday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by President Bill Clinton in 1994. See The National Military Family Association and Military Scrapbook Ideas.


November 22

Go For a Ride Day - When I was a little girl I would often go for rides with my grandparents on Saturdays. They never had a destination in mind and we had many interesting adventures seeing the countryside and visiting other small towns around eastern Kansas.

Birthday of Jamie Lee Curtis - Curtis, actress and author of children's books was born on this day in 1958. My daughter made a cute scrapbook for her first child using the words from Ms. Curtis's When I Was Little. See Quotes about Authors.

Humane Society Anniversary - On this day in 1954 The Humane Society of the United States was founded. See Pet Poems and Quotes.

Phonograph Day - The phonography was first exhibited by Thomas Edison on this day in 1877. See Music Poems and Quotes.

Slumber Party Day - I have seen this listed on many different dates and can't find anything about the origin. Many people now call them "sleep-overs". When my girls were growing up they had a lot of slumber parties. I lost a considerable amount of sleep but was happy to let them enjoy themselves and to have the opportunity to get to know their friends. See Slumber Party Ideas.

International Start Your Own Country Day - This was started in 1939 at the World's Fair in New York.

John F. Kennedy Assassination Anniversary - On this day in 1963 our 35th president was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald. I was a sophomore in high school. During lunch hour we heard about the shooting but in the optimism of youth we all were sure he would survive. The teachers evidently felt different because for the only time during my school years radios were played in the classrooms during class time. I was in algebra class when it was announced that Kennedy was pronounced dead. It was a very sad time and for days we watched the shooting and the funeral over and over on television. See the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Stop the Violence Day - This was started in 1990. This day was chosen because of being the day President John Kennedy was assassinated. Wear white ribbons and drive with your headlights on to show your support of stopping violence of all kinds.

Military Families Recognition Day 2021 (Monday before Thanksgiving) - This was designated by President Bill Clinton in 1994. See The National Military Family Association and Military Scrapbook Ideas.

National Family Caregivers Day 2023 (day Before Thanksgiving) - See The National Family Caregivers Association. If you know someone who is caring for an ill family member please offer to help - even if just for an hour now and then. If you don't feel you could take over caregiving for even a short time, you can still offer to run errands.

What Do You Love About America? Day 2023 (day before Thanksgiving) - Many of us, me included, are very vocal about things that are going wrong in our country. Today think about the things you love about America. Promoted discussions with others as well. You will most likely find that the things you love vastly outnumber the things you are unhappy about. See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.


November 23

Color Photos Birthday - Kodak introduced the first modern color film in 1935. Most people continued to take black and white photos for many years after that because of the high cost of color film and developing. Also many of the early color photos faded quickly. See Photography Poems and Quotes.

Jukebox Day - On this day in 1889 the first 'nickel-in-the-slot' machine was put in service in San Francisco, California. See Music Poems and Quotes.

Pencil Sharpener Birthday - The first modern-style pencil sharpener was patented by John Love of Massachusetts in 1897.

National Cashew Day - See these Cashew Recipes.

Eat a Cranberry Day - Cranberries are good for you but you probably need more than one to make a difference!

Birthday of President Franklin Pierce (born in 1804) - He was the fourteenth president.

National Family Caregivers Day 2022 (day Before Thanksgiving) - See The National Family Caregivers Association. If you know someone who is caring for an ill family member please offer to help - even if just for an hour now and then. If you don't feel you could take over caregiving for even a short time, you can still offer to run errands.

What Do You Love About America? Day 2022 (day before Thanksgiving) - Many of us, me included, are very vocal about things that are going wrong in our country. Today think about the things you love about America. Promoted discussions with others as well. You will most likely find that the things you love vastly outnumber the things you are unhappy about. See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

Thanksgiving 2023 (fourth Thursday) - See the history of Thanksgiving on WikipediA.

National Family History Day 2023 (on Thanksgiving) - This was created in 2004 by the Department of Health and Human Services. While families are together for the holidays get info about the health history of as many ancestors and family members as you can. Have someone write it down and copy it for others in the family. This could be just the clue a doctor needs to diagnose a problem or it can give you clues of lifestyle changes that could lengthen your life.


November 24

National Espresso Day - See Coffee Poems and Quotes.

D.B. Cooper Day - On this day in 1971, a man using the alias 'D.B. Cooper' parachuted out of a plan with twenty-one pounds of twenty dollar bills that he had extorted from Northwest Orient Airlines. His true identity has never been discovered and neither he nor his remains have been found.

National Flossing Day - Most people work hard teaching their children to brush their teeth regularly. However, not too many seem to promote flossing. A lot of us are first told to floss by a dentist after we develop some kind of problem. See The National Flossing Council and Tooth Poems and Quotes.

On the Origin of the Species Anniversary - Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species was published on this day in 1859.

Softball Birthday - Softball was invented on this day in Chicago in 1887 by George Hancock. See Softball Poems and Quotes.

Birthday of President Zachary Taylor (born in 1784) - He was the twelfth president.

National Family Caregivers Day 2021 (day Before Thanksgiving) - See The National Family Caregivers Association. If you know someone who is caring for an ill family member please offer to help - even if just for an hour now and then. If you don't feel you could take over caregiving for even a short time, you can still offer to run errands.

What Do You Love About America? Day 2021 (day before Thanksgiving) - Many of us, me included, are very vocal about things that are going wrong in our country. Today think about the things you love about America. Promoted discussions with others as well. You will most likely find that the things you love vastly outnumber the things you are unhappy about. See Patriotism Poems and Quotes.

Thanksgiving 2022 (fourth Thursday) - See the history of Thanksgiving on WikipediA.

National Family History Day 2022 (on Thanksgiving) - This was created in 2004 by the Department of Health and Human Services. While families are together for the holidays get info about the health history of as many ancestors and family members as you can. Have someone write it down and copy it for others in the family. This could be just the clue a doctor needs to diagnose a problem or it can give you clues of lifestyle changes that could lengthen your life.

Black Friday 2023 (day after Thanksgiving) - This is the day when many people start their Christmas shopping. Many retailers only start turning a profit when holiday shopping starts. In other words they go from being in the red to being in the black.

Buy Nothing Day 2023 (day after Thanksgiving) - This was created in 1992 to point out the problems associated with consumerism. Everything we buy comes at a bigger price than we pay because it takes energy to produce and creates waste when disposed of.

National Day of Listening 2023 (day after Thanksgiving) - While visiting family for the holiday ask older family members about their life. Better yet record the stories for future generations. See StoryCorps National Day of Listening.

Native American Heritage Day 2023 (day after Thanksgiving) - This was designated by Congress in 2009. See Native American Poems and Quotes.

Sink Day 2023 (day after Thanksgiving) - This is the day that finds us eating Thanksgiving leftovers over the kitchen sink.

You're Welcome Day 2023 (day after Thanksgiving) - Since yesterday was a day for thanks, it seems appropriate to have a day for 'you're welcome' today. Everyday is a good day for good manners.


November 25

National Parfait Day - See these Parfait Recipes.

Department of Homeland Security Birthday - The Department of Homeland Security was formed on this day in 2002.

National Don't Utter a Word Day - This is a day for listening more than you talk. Obviously if everyone listened there wouldn't be anything to listen to. If you have a tendency to talk a lot (like I do!) try to curb that today. See Listening Poems and Quotes.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - This day was created in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Thanksgiving 2021 (fourth Thursday) - See the history of Thanksgiving on WikipediA.

National Family History Day 2021 (on Thanksgiving) - This was created in 2004 by the Department of Health and Human Services. While families are together for the holidays get info about the health history of as many ancestors and family members as you can. Have someone write it down and copy it for others in the family. This could be just the clue a doctor needs to diagnose a problem or it can give you clues of lifestyle changes that could lengthen your life.

Black Friday 2022 (day after Thanksgiving) - This is the day when many people start their Christmas shopping. Many retailers only start turning a profit when holiday shopping starts. In other words they go from being in the red to being in the black.

Buy Nothing Day 2022 (day after Thanksgiving) - This was created in 1992 to point out the problems associated with consumerism. Everything we buy comes at a bigger price than we pay because it takes energy to produce and creates waste when disposed of.

National Day of Listening 2022 (day after Thanksgiving) - While visiting family for the holiday ask older family members about their life. Better yet record the stories for future generations. See StoryCorps National Day of Listening.

Native American Heritage Day 2022 (day after Thanksgiving) - This was designated by Congress in 2009. See Native American Poems and Quotes.

Sink Day 2022 (day after Thanksgiving) - This is the day that finds us eating Thanksgiving leftovers over the kitchen sink.

You're Welcome Day 2022 (day after Thanksgiving) - Since yesterday was a day for thanks, it seems appropriate to have a day for 'you're welcome' today. Everyday is a good day for good manners.


November 26

National Cake Day

Birthday of Charles Schulz - Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was born on this day in 1922.

Lion Day - The first lion exhibited in the United States was in Boston in 1716. See Lion Poems.

First Official Thanksgiving Day - Various colonies celebrated Thanksgiving on various dates starting in 1621. However, a proclamation, signed by President George Washington, declared November 26, 1789 as the first official Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday 2021 (day after Thanksgiving) - This is the day when many people start their Christmas shopping. Many retailers only start turning a profit when holiday shopping starts. In other words they go from being in the red to being in the black.

Buy Nothing Day 2021 (day after Thanksgiving) - This was created in 1992 to point out the problems associated with consumerism. Everything we buy comes at a bigger price than we pay because it takes energy to produce and creates waste when disposed of.

National Day of Listening 2021 (day after Thanksgiving) - While visiting family for the holiday ask older family members about their life. Better yet record the stories for future generations. See StoryCorps National Day of Listening.

Native American Heritage Day 2021 (day after Thanksgiving) - This was designated by Congress in 2009. See Native American Poems and Quotes.

Sink Day 2021 (day after Thanksgiving) - This is the day that finds us eating Thanksgiving leftovers over the kitchen sink.

You're Welcome Day 2021 (day after Thanksgiving) - Since yesterday was a day for thanks, it seems appropriate to have a day for 'you're welcome' today. Everyday is a good day for good manners.


November 27

Freckle Pride Day - See Freckle Poems and Quotes.

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Pie in the Face Day - Celebrate at your own risk!

Electric Guitar Day - This is celebrated on the birthday of well-known guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. See Musical Instrument Poems and Quotes.

Pins and Needles Day - This celebrates the opening of the Broadway musical, Pins and Needles. It was a pro-labor play produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union with union members as the cast.

Beginning of Advent 2022 - Advent starts the fourth Sunday before December 25 and ends at sundown on December 24. See What is Advent? and Advent Ideas.

Cyber Monday 2023 (Monday after Thanksgiving) - Shop online today for all those things you couldn't find at the store on Black Friday.


November 28

National French Toast Day - I love French toast just about any way. My favorite bread to use is raisin bread. Here is one thrifty and non-traditional way to make French toast. When I was growing up we couldn't afford to waste food. My mother found it hard to make just the right amount of pancake batter. If there was some leftover, the next day she would add a little milk, dip bread in it and fry it in butter. I didn't really like pancakes but loved the resulting 'French toast'. I continued the tradition with my daughters. (This would also work for those times when there is only a little pancake mix left in the box.)

Auto Race Birthday - The first auto race in the U.S. was held on this day in 1895 Illinois. See Car Race Poems and Quotes.

Red Planet Day - This day was created to commemorate the spacecraft Mariner 4 that launched on this day in 1964 and passed within 6,118 miles of Mars. There were once many different theories as to why Mars appeared to be red. It is now known that there is a lot of iron oxide (aka rust) on the surface. There is also iron oxide particles in the atmosphere of Mars.

Skywriting Birthday - In New York City in 1922, pilot John Savage wanted to demonstrate the viability of skywriting as an advertising method. He spelled out the words 'Hello USA call Vanderbilt 7200'. More than 47,000 people called the number. See Aviation Poems and Quotes.

Hanukkah 2021 (from sunset today through Dec 6) - See Hanukkah on WikipediA.

Beginning of Advent 2021 - Advent starts the fourth Sunday before December 25 and ends at sundown on December 24. See What is Advent? and Advent Ideas.

Cyber Monday 2022 (Monday after Thanksgiving) - Shop online today for all those things you couldn't find at the store on Black Friday.


November 29

Pop-Tarts® Birthday - Pop-Tarts® were first sold in 1963. Brown sugar cinnamon with no frosting is my favorite flavor.

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day - If you don't like the idea of throwing out food, see LOVE FOOD hate waste.

Electronic Greetings Day - Electronic greetings are great for all of us who seem to remember special days only at the very last minute. See Email Poems and Quotes.

Get Rid of Clutter Day - You can't have everything in its place if there isn't a place for everything. It has been over twenty years since I uncluttered and I only regret that I didn't do it much sooner. See Clutterers Anonymous.

Square Dance Day (also celebrated January 24) - After you 'do-si-do' and 'allemande left', check out

Dosado.com and Dancing Scrapbook Ideas.

Cyber Monday 2021 (Monday after Thanksgiving) - Shop online today for all those things you couldn't find at the store on Black Friday.


November 30

Day of Friendship - See Friendship on WikipediA. Also see Friendship Scrapbook Ideas.

Computer Security Day - This day was created in 1988 to raise awareness of possible computer security issues. While this is the designated date, some groups celebrate it on the last workday in November or the next work day if the 30th is on the weekend. McAfee and Norton are two popular software programs to secure your computer from hacking, malware, etc. Password Corral is a program for keeping your passwords on your computer. Bitwarden is a good online app for the same purpose. You can do online research to find the products you need but asking a computer-savvy friend might be better. See Internet Poems and Quotes.

Perpetual Youth Day - Game-show host and television personality, Dick Clark was born on this day in 1929. He was the host of American Bandstand and later of New Year's Rockin' Eve. For many years he hardly seemed to age at all.

Birthday of Oliver Winchester - This well known manufacturer and rifle maker was born on this day in 1810. See Winchester Rifle on WikipediA.

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Month-Long Events

Family Reunion Month - Since many family reunions are held in the summer this might seem an odd month for reunion planning. However, those of you who have planned a family reunion know that for it be successful takes many month of advance planning. See Reunion Planning and Scrapbook Ideas.

Family Stories Month - It is very important that family stories be written down and not just told. Things that may seem commonplace now will be interesting in different times. By the time many people start caring about their family past their grandparents are gone and all they have left are vague memories. Do your future grandchildren, nieces and nephews a favor by seeing some ideas for collecting and writing your family and personal history.

Life Writing Month - You never know what you are doing today that might seem important to someone years down the road. For the sake of your grandchildren, nieces and nephews see some ideas for writing your family and personal history.

Adoption Awareness Month - See Adoption Scrapbook Ideas.

Celebrate Empty-Nester Month - This was designated by Pillsbury. They offer info about cooking, shopping and meal planning for two-person households after years of cooking for more.

Cozy Cuddles for Kids™ Month - See Cozy Cuddles for Kids™. This group makes hats, mittens, quilts, etc and donates them to needy children.

Ice Skating Month - See Skating Poems and Quotes.

Model Railroad Month - See The National Model Railroad Association.

Music Month - See Music Poems and Quotes.

Drum (Percussion) Month - Make a 'drum' out of some household object or buy a toy one. Play some music and let the child be part of the band, take photos of course! See Drums on WikipediA.

Sleep Comfort Month See The Better Sleep Council and Sleep Scrapbook Ideas.

Aviation History Month - Go to an air show that features both old and new planes. Photograph your child with both to show progress. See The Aviation History Online Museum and Aviation Scrapbook Ideas.

Inspirational Role Models Month - If there is someone from your past (teacher, family friend, etc.) that served as a role model to you and you haven't thanked them do so now. Also take every opportunity to serve as a role model for the young people in your life.

Military Family Appreciation Month - See The National Military Family Association and Military Scrapbook Ideas.

Native American Heritage Month - This was designated by President George Bush in 1990. See Native American Heritage Month.

Fun With Fondue Month - See Fondue Recipes.

Georgia Pecan Month - See Pecan Recipes and Info.

Peanut Butter Lovers Month - See PeanutButterLovers.com and Peanut-Butter.org.

Pomegranate Month - See Pomegranates.org.

Diabetic Eye Disease Month - See The American Diabetes Association.

Flu and Pneumonia Immunization Campaign - If you are over 60 or have health problems you should be immunized no later than November.

Alcohol Education Month - See Talking with Your Teens about Drugs and Alcohol.

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month - Offer to sit with someone so their caregiver can have a few hours alone. Make a simple photo album of family members for someone with Alzheimer's to help them keep their memory longer. My father-in-law enjoyed the one I made for him even after he didn't recognize anyone. See The Alzheimer's Association.

COPD Awareness Month - This was designated by President George W. Bush in 2001. See The COPD Foundation.

American Diabetes Month - See The American Diabetes Association.

Epilepsy Awareness Month - This was started in 1969 by the Epilepsy Foundation and endorsed by congress in 2002.

National Family Caregivers Month - If you know someone who is caring for an ill family member please offer to help - even if just for an hour now and then. If you don't feel you could take over caregiving for even a short time, you can still offer to run errands. See The National Family Caregivers Association.

National Healthy Skin Month - See the American Academy of Dermatology.

Home Care Month - See The National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month - See The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Impotency Awareness Month - See MedicineNet.com.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month - See The Lung Cancer Alliance.

Marrow Donor Awareness Month - See The National Marrow Donor Program.

Orphan Disease Month - See The National Organization for Rare Disorders.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month - See The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Prematurity Awareness Month - See Fight for Preemies.

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month - See The Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

TMJ Awareness Month See The TMJ Association.

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Week-Long Events

National Primary Care Week
(1-5)
There is a shortage of primary care physicians. I can get in to see many specialists within a few days but, unless it is an emergency, it takes three weeks to get an appointment to see my primary care physician. See the American Medical Student Association.

World Communication Week
(1-7)

Homeless Week
(first week)
This is listed on different dates in different places. It would be a good time to educate yourself on how many homeless people are in your town and who they are. You will likely be very surprised.

National Fig Week
(first week)
Figs are considered to be a fruit but actually are inverted flowers. See California Dried Figs.

Cat Week
(first week)
See Cat Scrapbook Ideas.

Radiologic Technology Week
(week including the 8th)
See Radiology Tech Schools and Health Poems and Quotes.

Dear Santa Letter Week
(second week)
This week have your children write their letters to Santa so he will have plenty of time to make the things they want.

Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
(second week)
See ASPCA.org and Pet Scrapbook Ideas.

World Kindness Week
(second week)
See Kindness Poems and Quotes.

International Fraud Awareness Week
(second week)
This was created by The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Kid's Goal Setting Week
(second full school week)
Children should not only be taught the importance of setting goals, but the skills needed to plan the steps to achieve those goals. See The GoalsGuy®.

Pursuit of Happiness Week
(second full week)
See The Secret Society of Happy People and smile ;-)

Shallow Persons Awareness Week
(second full week)
I am not sure why there is a week for this. Shallow people don't recognize themselves as being shallow. People who are not shallow don't see shallowness as something to celebrate, though it might be a more comfortable way of life. Perhaps it is a reminder not to be hurt by something a shallow person does because it isn't personal.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week™
(second full week)
See DrowsyDriving.org.

National Drug Facts Week
(second full week)
See National Drug Facts Week.

Perioperative Nurse Week
(second full week)
This was previously called Operating Room Nurse Week. It is sponsored by the American Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. See Nurse Poems and Quotes.

Home Care Aide Week
(second full week)
See the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

American Education Week
(week before Thanksgiving)
This was created in 1921 by the National Education Association. See Teacher Poems and Quotes.

Geography Awareness week
(third week)
This was designated in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan. Make or get some puzzles and games to help your child learn geography. Put a map of either your state with counties and major cities or the U.S. with states and capitals on a scrapbook page. Every time you travel to a new location put a star on the map and a note of the date. Or, if you have family who live in several different places you can put stars where they live.

GERD Awareness week
(third full week)
This was created by the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is also known as peptic esophagitis and chronic heartburn.

Game and Puzzle Week
(third full week)
The weather is getting colder so it is time to bring out games and puzzles. See Puzzle Scrapbook Ideas.

Better Conversation Week
(third full week)
See ConversationMatters and Conversation Poems and Quotes.

National Family Week
(week of Thanksgiving)
This is sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families. See Family Poems and Quotes.

National Adoption Week
(week of Thanksgiving)
This was designated by President Gerald Ford in 1976. See Adoption Scrapbook Ideas.

Church/State Separation Week
(Tuesday to Saturday of Thanksgiving week)
This is a time for concerned citizens to educate others about this important issue. See Americans United.

National Bible Week
(Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week)
This was created by in 1941 the National Bible Association. See Faith and Prayer Poems.

Tie One On for Safety
(Thanksgiving to December 31)
This was formerly called the Red Ribbon Campaign. See Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Travelers with Disabilities Week
(last week)
See the Traveling with a Disability.


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