November 5th – Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 5, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of circadian rhythms. Today is Sunday, November 5, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Daylight Saving Time Ends  

With the exception of a few of you early birds, as you read this BLOG, in all probability, Daylight Saving Time has already ended. The actual time Daylight Saving Time ends is at 0200 in whatever time zone you reside.
In today’s “24/7” world, why do we still subject ourselves to the bi-annual ritual of adjusting our clocks forward or backward? Logic dictates that we should choose one time or the other and let our circadian rhythm gradually adjust our “body clocks” naturally as the seasons progress. Mankind survived for thousands of years using this tried and true method.
Although it is not a new concept – while in France, Benjamin Franklin jokingly proposed a tax on shutters to discourage citizens from blocking out sunlight and wasting valuable candles lighting a room that could be naturally lighted by the sunlight that the shutters blocked – the modern-day concept of “Daylight Saving Time” is a 20th century idea devised by politicians to “save” daylight. The fact that this notion was conceived by politicians should your first clue that it makes no sense, and should automatically disqualify this hair-brained idea from having gravitas. I defy anyone to name me one government program that actually serves it’s intended purpose.
Anyway, since Daylight Saving Time occurred at 2:00 AM this morning, and if you didn’t set your clocks back one-hour last night, you’re going to be an hour late for everything today. I hope you enjoyed your “extra” hour of sleep.

Zero Tasking Day

In related news, the extra hour we get when daylight savings time ends is often heralded as an opportunity for extra productivity, activity and ‘doing’. However, given that we’re all already ‘owed’ an hour every other time it changes, it seems a little unfair to expect us to work through it. As such, Zero Tasking Day is designed to dedicate this hour to ‘me time’; encouraging rest, relaxation and a distinct lack of work.
When Daylight Saving Time ends, we are gifted with an imaginary ‘extra hour’, and Zero Tasking Day encourages us to take the opportunity to use that hour for personal growth, relaxation, and basically just taking care of ourselves. In today’s society where time is constantly marching on and we’re heavily connected to everything, finding a little time to disconnect is absolutely vital to keeping ourselves physically and emotionally fit and what better time to do all this than with time that doesn’t exist anywhere else?

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.

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.

More Holidays  

Below are listed some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1844 – In California, a grizzly bear underwent a successful cataract operation at the Zoological Garden.
  • In 1872 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election. She never paid the fine.
  • In 1895 – George B. Selden received the first United States patent for an automobile. He sold the rights for $200,000 four years later.
  • In 1943 – Vatican City was bombed by a fascist Italian aircraft breaching the neutrality of the Vatican during the Second World War.
  • In 1935 – The game “Monopoly” was introduced by Parker Brothers Company.
  • In 1940 – President Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office.
  • In 1946 – John F. Kennedy was elected to the  House of Representatives at the age of 29.
  • In 1956 – British and French forces began landing in Egypt during the Suez Canal Crisis. A cease-fire was declared 2 days later.
  • In 1959 – The American Football League was formed.
  • In 1963 – Archaeologists found the remains of a Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.
  • In 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.
  • In 1984 – The Supreme Court ruled that the NFL had exceeded antitrust limits in attempting to stop the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles.
  • In 1986 – The White House reaffirmed the United States ban on the sale of weapons to Iran.
  • In 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.
  • In 1994 – Former President Reagan announced that he had Alzheimer’s disease.
  • In 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.
  • In 1995 – André Dallaire tried to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
  • In 1998 – Chairman Henry Hyde of the Judiciary Committee asked President Clinton to answer 81 questions for the House impeachment inquiry.
  • In 1998 – The U.N. announced that the Taliban militia had killed up to 5,000 civilians in a takeover of an Afghani town.
  • In 1999 – A 12-day conference on global warming, attended by delegates from 170 nations, ended in Bonn, Germany.
  • In 1999 – Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra were both arrested and charged with battery and domestic violence in a hotel in Miami Beach, FL.
  • In 1999 – District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft Corp. enjoyed “monopoly power”.
  • In 2001 – It was announced that European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Dubai-based Emirates airlines set up a joint venture specializing in airline services.
  • In 2003 – Gary Ridgeway, a serial killer also known as the Green Valley Killer pleads guilty to killing 48 women in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • In 2007 – China’s first lunar satellite entered lunar orbit. The Chang’e 1, an unmanned lunar-orbiting spacecraft sent its first pictures of the Moon on November 26.
  • In 2009 – At Fort Hood, near Killeen, TX, Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 30 others. A Major in the U. S. Army, Hasan opened fire at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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