Great American Smokeout Day
- If you've been thinking about kicking the smoking habit, but couldn't seem to get started, today is the day. The rules are simple: just put away your cigarettes for 24 hours. Maybe you'll be inspired to give them up for good.
Married to a Scorpio Support Day
- A worldwide day of remembrance to honor all those married to Scorpios and who suffer greatly. Assert yourself today! Hide their household flowcharts.
National Vichyssoise Day
- Vichyssoise is a French-creamy style soup made of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock. It is traditionally served cold. This day is for appreciating and enjoying the soup called vichyssoise. If you've never had it before you just have to celebrate this day by trying it!
William Tell Day
- William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head – or not. The legend says Tell was an expert marksman who lived in the Canton of Uri in Switzerland. The first mention of William Tell comes in the White Book of Samen written in 1475.
Push Button Phone Day
- Push-button telephones went into service as an alternative to rotary-dial phones in 1963. Touch-tone service was available as an option at an extra charge. This option was available only in two Pennsylvania cities.
Use Less Stuff Day
- During the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years, it is estimated that the nation’s trash increases by an extra one million tons per week! The purpose of Use Less Stuff Day is to point out the necessity of creating less waste in the first place, and to show how easily and profitably source reduction can be made a part of our lives. “Using less stuff” means “reduce” rather that “reuse” or “recycle.”
Guinness World Record Day
- the annual day to celebrate record setting – and record breaking – from all around the world! Now in its sixth year, Guinness World Records Day was first organized to celebrate the 100th millionth copy of the Guinness World Records book sold making it the highest-selling copyright book of all time!
Calvin & Hobbes Birthdays
- Calvin and Hobbes is a syndicated daily comic strip written and illustrated by American cartoonist Bill Watterson, and syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger.
Mickey Mouse's Birthday
- The comical activities of squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse first appeared in 1928, on the screen of the Colony Theatre at New York City. The film, Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie,” was the first animated cartoon talking picture.
Superman Death Anniversary
- "The Death of Superman" is a 1992 comic book storyline that occurred in DC Comics's Superman titles. In the story, Superman engages in battle with a seemingly unstoppable killing machine named Doomsday in the streets of Metropolis. At the fight's conclusion, both combatants die from their wounds in Superman (vol. 2) #75 in 1992.
Teddy Bear Birthday
- In November 1902 Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, was hunting in Mississippi. The President failed to make a kill so his hosts caught and tethered a bear, presenting it to the President as a sitting target. Naturally the President refused, uttering the immortal words, ‘Spare the bear! I will not shoot a tethered animal.’ Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon of the scene, which was published in the Washington Post.
"Howard Stern Show" Radio Premiere
- Radio’s pioneering shock jock, Howard Stern, began broadcasting with sidekick Robin Quivers on New York radio station WXRK-FM in 1985. With outrageous humor and a gleeful disregard for taste, Stern quickly became popular nationally, but many remain outraged at his show elements. The FCC frequently fined his broadcasting company. Radio listeners today number around 25 million.
- On this date the Indiana-born, 47-year-old Reverend Jim Jones, leader of the “People’s Temple,” was reported to have directed the suicides of more than 900 persons at Jonestown, Guyana. Jones and his mistress killed themselves after watching the administration of Kool-Aid laced with the deadly poison cyanide to members of the cult. At least 912 persons died in the biggest murder-suicide in history.
- This was updated by Catherine on November 18, 2011 -
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