November 15 in History

November 15 in History

November 15th is…
America Recycles Day
National Bundt (Pan) Day
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Philanthropy Day
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
Spicy Hermit Cookie Day

America Recycles Day
Recycling has become a major part of American culture and our lifestyle.  With the holidays quickly approaching, this is a good time to remind people of the importance of recycling and buying recycled products.  Christmas and Thanksgiving both give us ample extra waste that can be recycled.  Soda bottles and cans, wine and liquor bottles, beer cans and bottles, wrapping paper, boxes, cards, food packaging containers can all be recycled.

Then there are the recycled products.  Look for wrapping paper and greeting cards that are made from recycled paper.  Look for other items, as well, that have been made from anything recycled.  By recycling and using recycled materials, we are both responsible citizens and consumers.

America Recycles Day was started by the National Recycling Coalition in 1997.  In 2009 it became part on the national nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful.  The idea of America Recycles Day is very simple; keep Americans informed of the need to recycle and buy recycled products.  It is frightening how low the percentage of Americans that recycle is.  One statistic states that only 23.8% of Americans recycle.  This is mostly because no national law governs recycling and not many individual states have mandated the necessity to recycle.

1492 – Christopher Columbus’ notes included the first recorded reference to tobacco.

1660 – First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) was licensed in New York City (New Amsterdam).

1791 – The first Catholic college in the US, Georgetown University, opened

1806 – First US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its first issue

1894 – First newspaper Sunday color comic section was published (NY World)

1896 – The first long-distance hydroelectricity transmission from the Niagara Falls Power Company flowed to Buffalo, N.Y., 26 miles away.

1904 – King Camp Gillette was issued a US patent (#775,134) for his invention of a safety razor using disposable blades.

1914 – Canton Bulldog Harry Turner became the first player to die from game-related injuries (spinal) in the “Ohio League”, the direct predecessor to the National Football League.

1920 – The first assembly of the League of Nations was held in Geneva, Switzerland.

1926 – The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) launched with a radio network of 24 stations across the USA.

1956 – Li’l Abner opened at St James Theater in New York City.

1959 – The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas occurred, which inspired Truman Capote’s non-fiction book In Cold Blood.

1969 – Wendy’s Hamburgers opened in Columbus, Ohio.

1971 – Intel advertised the 4004-processor, the first microprocessor.

1979 – The Unabomber struck for the first time when a bomb exploded in the cargo cabin of an American Airlines 727 on its way from Chicago to Washington.

1980 – #1 Hit November 15, 1980 – December 26, 1980: Kenny Rogers – Lady

1984 – Baby Fae died, she was an infant born a month earlier, but lived for 20 days with a transplanted baboon heart.

1990 – The world discovered that Milli Vanilli, the hot, new Grammy-winning pop duo, was lip-synching in their songs, which resulted in losing the Grammy award for Best New Artist.

1993- Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera joined the cast of The New Mickey Mouse Club.

2007 – #1 Hit September 15, 2007 – September 28, 2007: Soulja Boy – Crank That (Soulja Boy)


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