Special Days In November


Special Days In November

US Election Day is the second Tuesday in November (varies, November 2-8)

This is not a holiday; though many government offices do close down on General Election Day, this day is a day of exercising the American Citizen’s right to vote and it is part of the integral running of The United States of America. This is also not a day of festivities or parties, it is a day to get out and make a difference in your community, state and country. US General Election Day is not a fixed date but occurs the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

There was not a single election day in the United States until 1845. It was this year that congress decided that a single day would be sufficient for all the states in the Union. Previously each state was allowed 34 days before the first Wednesday in December to complete the voting process. They could handle this in their way and time. The month of November was chosen as America was, at that time, an agricultural society, so a month had to be chosen where travel was possible, and the tending of crops was no longer necessary.

A single day was chosen, a Tuesday, because in 1845, a person would have to travel to the county seat to vote. Monday was out of the question because it was the day after the Sabbath and no travel could take place on the Sabbath, and Wednesday was ruled out as it was always market day. US General Election Day is held only on even-numbered years as the even numbers coincide with the even number of years elected officials have in office. 

November is…
Adopt A Senior Pet Month
Alzheimer’s Disease Month
Aviation History Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Family Caregivers Month
Family Stories Month
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
Gratitude Month
Historic Bridge Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Military Family Month
Native American Heritage Month
Peanut Butter Lovers Month
Raisin Bread Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
Spinach and Squash Month
Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Vegan Month
Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month
Senior Pet Month

Peanut Butter Lovers Month
What would you choose if you were stranded on a desert island and could have a lifetime supply of only one kind of food? If you said peanut butter, then have we got something exciting for you! No, it’s not a one-way ticket to the Caribbean; it’s better: an entire month dedicated to celebrating peanut butter (and peanut butter lovers like you).

Peanut Butter Lovers Month started as Peanut Butter Lovers Day on November 4th, 1990, in honor of Dr. John Kellogg’s first application for a peanut butter patent back in 1895. The holiday was extended (or should we say spread) to fill the entire month of November in 1995 to celebrate 100 years of this delicious, all-American treat. In only one short century, peanut butter has become one of America’s iconic comfort foods. We enjoy it in our lunch boxes, spread on crackers and bagels, baked into cookies or pies, and even, decadently, right out of the jar.

Far from being a guilty pleasure, peanut butter is good for you, especially if you eat “natural” peanut butter without added sugar and emulsifiers. Rich in protein, fiber, immune-boosting nutrients, and good kinds of fat, peanut butter can help you stick to your diet (haha, get it?) by making you feel fuller and satisfied longer. Eating peanuts (which is all peanut butter is) has also been linked to lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases. Happy Peanut Butter Lover’s Month to you and yours!

The First Full Week of November is…
Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
The First Monday in November is…
Color the World Orange Day
Job Action Day
The First Wednesday in November is…
Eating Healthy Day
National Stress Awareness Day
The First Thursday in November is…
National Cash Back Day
Men Make Dinner Day
The First Friday in November is…
Jersey Friday
The First Saturday in November is…
National Bison Month
National Play Outside Day (Every month)
The First Sunday in November is…
Daylight Savings Time
The Second Monday in November is…
Veterans Day

Although officially November 11, Veterans Day is celebrated on the second Monday in November. It is a day to honor all those who have served The United States of America since the country was formed.  Veterans Day honors all parts of the United States Military, The Army, The Navy, and The Marine Corps.  It honors both those who are serving and those who have served.

World War One was considered the War To End All Wars. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an armistice or temporary ceasing of hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany was signed.  Although the official ending of the war would not occur until the following year, this date has been considered the end of WWI.

In November 1919, President Wilson made a proclamation, naming November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day and issued the following statement: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations….”

Though there were many different ways of celebrating Armistice Day, it was not made a legal holiday until May 13, 1938.  That day was then considered a day to celebrate and do what could be done for world peace.  But that would not last as World War Two was a storm quickly gathering on The United States horizon.

World War Two would mobilize more citizens and equipment and supplies than WWI.  So the war to end all wars was not that at all.  After WWII and after the Korean War, The Veterans Service Organization urged the eighty-third congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day.  This occurred on June 1, 1954.  On October 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day proclamation as follows…

“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

So November 11 has gone from a day to honor peace to a day that honors those who fought for peace. 

The Third Thursday in November is…
Great American Smokeout
National Rural Health Day
World Pancreatic Cancer Day

The Great American Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of November. Its purpose is to inspire people to stop smoking and educate the public on the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The Great American Smokeout had a small beginning in 1970 and slowly blossomed. The day marked its full debut on November 16, 1977. The American Cancer Society sponsors the day. The original idea of the day was to give up smoking for one day and to give the money saved to a local high school. It was hoped that giving up the habit for one day might inspire people to quit smoking permanently. It was estimated in 2020 that 30.8 million Americans smoke.

The Third Friday in November is…
Substitute Educator Day
The Third Saturday in November is…
National Adoption Day
The Wednesday Before Thanksgiving is…
Black Wednesday, aka Drinksgiving, is often one of the year’s biggest Drinking/DUI nights. 
The Fourth Wednesday of Thanksgiving is…
National Jukebox Day
Tie One On Day
The Fourth Thursday in November is…
National Day of Mourning
Thanksgiving Day (US Federal Holiday)
The Day After Thanksgiving is…
Black Friday
Buy Nothing Day
Flossing Day
Maize Day
National Day of Listening
National Native American Heritage Day
You’re Welcomegiving Day
The Saturday After Thanksgiving is…
Small Business Saturday
The Monday After Thanksgiving is…
Cyber Monday
The Tuesday After Thanksgiving is…
The National Day of Giving
The Wednesday After Thanksgiving is…
National Package Protection Day
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