Guy Fawkes Day/Gunpowder Day

November 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning revolutionary conspiracy theorists. Today is Saturday, November 5th.

Guy Fawkes Day/Gunpowder Day

Guy Fawkes Day, aka Gunpowder Day, is a holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the discovery of a plot to blow up Parliament, and the King of England in 1605. Also known as the infamous Gunpowder Conspiracy of 1605 in England, it was led by Guy Fawkes and a small group of co-conspirators.
In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics in the country. He forbade Catholics from practicing their religion and punished Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant church.
The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who sought to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. They planned to do so when the king and his supporters were in the buildings. Their plot was uncovered on November 5, 1605. Thirty-six barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the leader of the conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. He was arrested just as he was about to ignite the gunpowder.
So, how do the British celebrate Guy Fawkes/Gunpowder Day? How else? They celebrate with fireworks and bonfires. There are two possible reasons to celebrate this holiday. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes and his small cadre of co-conspirators, for attempting to eliminate religious persecution? Or, do you celebrate the government for successfully thwarting of the plot? On which side of the argument do you fall?

Love Your Red Hair Day  

Many of us associate red hair with the Irish, and while red hair is common in Ireland, it is not native there. Red hair was brought to Ireland by the pillaging and rapacious Vikings. You can be fairly certain that if you see an Irish redhead, they have some Norwegian sap flowing in their family tree.
Red hair is the symbol of a fiery personality ruled by its passions, a strong-willed person who knows what they want and how to get it. Many redheads feel like outcasts for having red hair because people with red hair are often not seen in a positive light. There are many jokes made about redheads being soulless – one that comes directly from an old European myth that the red in their hair is from the stolen fires of hell. But, on the other hand, red hair is also associated with true and dramatic beauty – Cleopatra herself was said to have been a redhead, and not unsurprising, she was known as a fierce woman, a manipulator, and ultimately ruled with passion.
Love Your Red Hair day encourages you to remember the myths and legends of redheads, but also to revel in the strength and beauty often associated with them. Love Your Red Hair Day is the time to revel in your gingerness, and truly love your red hair.
National Love Your Red Hair Day was submitted by Adrienne & Stephanie Vendetti in August of 2015, and the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared it a holiday and would be celebrated annually on November 5th.

National Wine Tasting Day

National Wine Tasting Day is an annual beverage holiday created for the wine connoisseur, the novice wine drinker, and everyone in-between. It is observed annually on the first Saturday in November.
Whether your preference is red, white, dry or sweet, National Wine Tasting Day encourages you to support your local wineries and provides the perfect opportunity to try a new wine or two. Wine tasting events are not only loads of fun, but are educational, too. For a very reasonable price, parched patrons get a chance to sample all sorts of wine while learning a bit about the history of each one as well. And if you find one that you like, you can pick up a bottle or two for a special occasion – or just for the heck of it.
So, to celebrate National Wine Tasting Day, gather a few of your friends and make a day of it. Head on over to your local winery, pub, store or restaurant and have a fun and refreshing wine tasting event. It’s time to swirl, sniff, sip, sample and celebrate a great tasting wine (just don’t forget that designated driver.) Cheers!

Doughnut Appreciation Day

The doughnut holiday for this month is Doughnut Appreciation Day. Just last week, on the 30th of October, we celebrated Buy a Doughnut Day. As I’ve pointed out before, there is at least one doughnut-related holiday in every month of the year, but usually, they don’t fall so closely together.
The question I’ll address today is, “Is it Doughnut or donut?” And the answer is either one…they are synonymous and both are pervasive in American English. ‘Doughnut’ is the technically correct spelling, as doughnuts are, after all, fried dough. However, the word donut came into existence around the turn of the 20th century. Print ads for cake and glazed donuts and doughnuts existed from at least 1896 in the United States.
Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa, written by George W. Peck and published in 1900, contained the first known printed use of donut. In it, a character is quoted as saying, “Pa said he guessed he hadn’t got much appetite and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut.”
In 1919, the Square Donut Company of America was founded, offering an easier to package product.
If you truly want to celebrate Doughnut Appreciation Day, go to your favorite doughnut shop or bakery early today and buy some doughnuts fresh out of the fryer, still warm. Also, you’ll be able to appreciate the distinct aroma of the freshly made doughnuts and enjoy the “eye  appeal” of the fresh doughnuts…before they have been on display for hours. I’m no fortune-teller, but I can foresee an early visit to Happy Donut in my immediate future.

American Football Day

Bank Transfer Day

Book Lovers Day

Learn to Homebrew Day

On this date in

  • 1844 – In California, a grizzly bear underwent a successful cataract operation at the Zoological Garden.
  • 1872 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election. She never paid the fine.
  • 1895 – George B. Selden received the first United States patent for an automobile. He sold the rights for $200,000 four years later.
  • 1935 – The game “Monopoly” was introduced by Parker Brothers Company.
  • 1940 – President Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office.
  • 1946 – John F. Kennedy was elected to the  House of Representatives at the age of 29.
  • 1956 – British and French forces began landing in Egypt during the Suez Canal Crisis. A cease-fire was declared 2 days later.
  • 1959 – The American Football League was formed.
  • 1963 – Archaeologists found the remains of a Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.
  • 1974 – Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman in the United States to win a governorship without succeeding her husband.
  • 1984 – The Supreme Court ruled that the NFL had exceeded antitrust limits in attempting to stop the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles.
  • 1986 – The White House reaffirmed the United States ban on the sale of weapons to Iran.
  • 1992 – Malice Green, a black motorist, was beaten to death in Detroit during a struggle with police. Two officers were later convicted in his death and sentenced to prison.
  • 1994 – Former President Reagan announced that he had Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 1994 – George Foreman, 45, became boxing’s oldest heavyweight champion when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas, NV.
  • 1998 – Chairman Henry Hyde of the Judiciary Committee asked President Clinton to answer 81 questions for the House impeachment inquiry.
  • 1998 – The U.N. announced that the Taliban militia had killed up to 5,000 civilians in a takeover of an Afghani town.
  • 1999 – A 12-day conference on global warming, attended by delegates from 170 nations, ended in Bonn, Germany.
  • 1999 – Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra were both arrested and charged with battery and domestic violence in a hotel in Miami Beach, FL.
  • 1999 – District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft Corp. enjoyed “monopoly power”.
  • 2001 – It was announced that European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Dubai-based Emirates airlines set up a joint venture specializing in airline services.
  • 2009 – At Fort Hood, near Killeen, TX, Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 30 others.

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