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10 Interesting Facts About The Month Of November

10. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and has retained its name from the Latin novem, meaning "nine." In Finland, they call November marraskuu, which translates as "the month of the dead."

9. November is also known as MOVEMBER as a way to raise cancer awareness for all the dads, brothers, sons and friends to make a difference for men's health.

8. In November we celebrate Veteran's Day to honor those that have served in the United States Armed Forces. It also coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which mark the end of World War 1.

7. Happy Thanksgiving! While most Americans think of the Pilgrims as being the first to celebrate Thanksgiving in America, there are some claims that others in the New World should be recognized as first. For example, there is evidence that a feast was held in Texas in 1541 by Padre Fray Juan de Padilla for Coronado and his troops. This date is 79 years earlier than the arrival of the Pilgrims to America. It is believed that this day of thanks and prayer occurred in the Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, Texas.

6. Thousands of shoppers look for the best deals on their holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving, known internationally as "Black Friday". The term didn't become wide spread until the 1990s and used to refer to stock market crashes in the 1800s. In the US, the first time the term was used was on 24 September 1869, when two speculators, Jay Gould and James Fisk, tried to corner the gold market on the New York Stock Exchange. When the government stepped in to correct the distortion by flooding the market with gold, prices plummeted and many investors lost sizable fortunes.

5. The United States and Panama signed the treaty that provided for the Panama Canal on November 18, 1903.

4. November is the last month of the Fall season.

3. Elections held on the first Tuesday in November. In 1845, the United States was largely an agrarian society. Farmers often needed a full day to travel by horse-drawn vehicles to the county seat to vote. Tuesday was established as election day because it did not interfere with the Biblical Sabbath or with market day, which was on Wednesday in many towns.

2. Daylight Savings Time. Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.

1. November is...

  • Adoption Awareness Month

  • Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

  • American Diabetes Month

  • National Blog Posting Month

  • COPD Awareness Month

  • Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month

  • Epilepsy Awareness Month

  • Fun with Fondue Month

  • Georgia Pecan Month

  • Holy Souls in Purgatory Month

  • Homeless Youth Awareness Month

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month

  • Model Railroad Month

  • Movember

  • Native American Heritage Month

  • No Shave November

  • National Novel Writing Month

  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

  • Pepper Month

  • Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month

  • National Pomegranate Month

  • Prematurity Awareness Month

  • Raisin Bread Month

  • Real Jewelry Month

  • Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

  • Stuffing Month

  • Sweet Potato Awareness Month

  • Transgender Awareness Month

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