November 13th – Start A Rumor Day

November 13, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning gossips. Today is Monday, November 13, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Start A Rumor Day

Rumor has it that today is Start A Rumor Day. Dictionary.com defines rumor as a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts; gossip or hearsay.
In Elementary school, we all had the classroom exercise where the teacher whispers something into the first student’s ear, then that student whispers it to the next student… until the last student repeats the statement. The statement that the last student recites is usually totally different from the teacher’s original statement. Each student thought they were passing along the statement along verbatim, but through unintentional misinterpretation or misstatement, the statement was changed.
Celebrate this holiday by starting a rumor of your own. You’ll be surprised how much it has changed by the time it gets back to you.

Sadie Hawkins Day

Sadie Hawkins Day was first mentioned on this date in 1937 by cartoonist Al Capp as a transitional thread in his popular syndicated daily newspaper cartoon Li’l Abner, and today Sadie Hawkins Day celebrates the anniversary of that event.
The premise of Sadie Hawkins Day is that it is the one day of the year that it is acceptable for girls to chase boys. The original story goes as follows:

Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. She was the “homeliest gal in all them hills,” and Hekzebiah was growing desperate waiting for suitors. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father in desperation called together the eligible bachelors of Dogpatch and declared that day to be Sadie Hawkins Day and that “when ah fires [my gun] all o’ yo’ kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin – after givin’ yo’ a fair start – Sadie starts a-runnin’. Th’ one she ketches’ll be her husbin.” The town spinsters decided that this was such a good idea, they made Sadie Hawkins Day an annual event, much to the chagrin of Dogpatch bachelors everywhere and Sadie Hawkins Day became an annual event in his comic strip.

Sadie Hawkins Day captured the imagination of many young people, particularly on campuses across America. By 1939, Life Magazine reported that 201 Colleges had sponsored Sadie Hawkins Day events and by 1952, Sadie Hawkins Day was reportedly celebrated at 40,000 known venues.
Today, Sadie Hawkins Day events still occur on many campuses on varying dates, but usually in the month of November. Additionally, some Sadie Hawkins Day events are held in leap years on February 29th.

Actors’ Day

Actors’ Day salutes those people whose job it is to entertain us every day. An actor (or actress) can make us laugh, cry, feel empathy or rage. It is their job to conjure up within us whatever emotion the author of the particular work they are performing intended to convey.
To celebrate this holiday, attend a play, watch a good dramatic television show, go to a movie or, if you’re a thespian, perform a one-person play for your friends and/or family.

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a holiday that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race, and religion and highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race religion, politics, gender. Celebrated annually across the world on November 13th.
To celebrate this holiday, just be kind to everyone you encounter today.

National Mom’s and Dad’s Day

We already celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day separately. Today is the day to celebrate them as a unit. It is only fitting that mom and dads have a special day to celebrate everything that they do together for their family.
To celebrate National Mom’s and Dad’s Day, take your parents out for a celebratory dinner. If they are deceased, have a dinner with you family in their honor.

National Indian Pudding Day

This is the third “National Indian Pudding Day” we’ve celebrated this year. We had one back in February and another one in June. I don’t know what makes them different because they all link back to the same sources.
Anyway, American Indian puddings are defined as a number recipes of Native American Indian origin. Generally, they include molasses and cornmeal. Apples were often an ingredient. They were usually baked. It seems appropriate to hold this day in mid-November, as we approach Thanksgiving. Native Americans were very much a part of the first Thanksgiving feast. It is quite likely that these puddings were served, and enjoyed, at that first Thanksgiving.

Another Holiday   

Below is another holiday celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

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

  • In 1775 – During the American Revolution, American forces captured Montreal.
  • In 1789 – Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
  • In 1805 – Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter.”
  • In 1887 – Bloody Sunday occurred in London. Protests in Trafalgar Square by poor and unemployed Londoners over their hardships took a violent turn when the police charged those protesting with batons. By the end of the day, 2 or 3 people were killed and several hundred protestors were injured.
  • In 1927 – The Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
  • In 1933 – In Austin, MN, the first sit-down labor strike in America took place.
  • In 1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
  • In 1950 – Venezuelan President Carlos Delgado Chalbaud was assassinated. Chalbaud came to power after a coup against Rómulo Gallegos in 1948. He was kidnapped and killed by rebels headed by Rafael Simón Urbina.
  • In 1956 – The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
  • In 1971 – The spacecraft Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Mars.
  • In 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • In 1984 – A libel suit against Time, Inc. by former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to trial in New York.
  • In 1985 – The Armero tragedy took place. The late evening eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia caused volcanic mudflows, called lahars, and flooded the city of Armero, killing 25,000 of its residents. The Armero tragedy is considered to be one of the deadliest volcano-related disasters in the 20th century.
  • In 1986 – President Ronald Reagan publicly acknowledged that the United States had sent “defensive weapons and spare parts” to Iran. He denied that the shipments were sent to free hostages, but that they had been sent to improve relations.
  • In 1994 – Sweden voted to join the European Union. The referendum passed with over 50% of Swedish citizens voting to join the European Union. The Nordic country officially joined the EU on January 1, 1995.
  • In 1995 – Greg Maddox (Atlanta Braves) became the first major league pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards.
  • In 1997 – Iraq expelled six U.N. arms inspectors that were United States citizens.
  • In 1998 – Monica Lewinsky signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for the North American rights to her story about her affair with President Bill Clinton.
  • In 2001 – President George W. Bush signed an executive order that would allow for military tribunals to try any foreigners captured with connections to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. It was the first time since World War II that a president had taken such action.
  • In 2009 – NASA announced that water had been discovered on the moon. The discovery came from the planned impact on the moon of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.
  • In 2015 – A series of coordinated terrorist attacks that included suicide bombs and mass shootings took place in Paris, France’s capital city. Venues attacked included the Stade de France and the Bataclan theater during a concert. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Daesh (ISIL) took responsibility for the attacks that killed about 130 people.

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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