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November Trivia and Interesting History

A very insightful article about events, people and places that have historical meaning and all took place in the month of November over the decades.

November the Weird Trivia and Interesting History Month

Most people in America think of Thanksgiving when someone mentions the month of November, right? Well, there is a lot more to the month of November than an American Holiday called Thanksgiving and turkey dinner served across the “land of plenty”. Here are some strange and interesting facts about the month of November, dashed with some strange historical data that swirls around 11th month of the calendar year.

1.       The first American Thanksgiving type dinner of new settlers and native people probably included some food most  of us do not eat with the big meal these days:

Seethed [boiled] Lobster
 Roasted Goose
 Corn Meal Pudding with dried Whortleberries
 Seethed Cod
 Roasted Duck
 Stewed Pumpkin
 Roasted Venison with Mustard Sauce

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2.        In Finland, November is called “marraskuu”, meaning “month of the dead”.

3.       Americans celebrate November as National Native American and Native Alaskan Month.

4.       Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada

5.       Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on October 3, 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

6.       President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in 1939. He did t his in part to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the U.S. economy because we were in a great depression.

7.       November 1, 1776 the Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in California. Naturalist’s made this area famous due to their bird watching each year when the swallows of Capistrano leave their nests on the Island, where the mission is located, [around St. John's Day October 23rd] and return the following year near St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th).

8.       On November 1, 1848 the first medical school for women opened in Boston called The Boston Female Medical School (founded by Samuel Gregory).

9.       On November 6, 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th U.S. President and the first Republican. He only received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.

10.   On November 2, 1972: 500 Native Americans ended their “Trail of Broken Treaties” March to Washington, D.C.. Then they seized part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building until November 8th.

11.   On November 20, 1945 the Nuremburg Trials began, charging Nazi soldiers and German governmental officials with war crimes. committed during WW II.

12.   It was on November 20th, 1962 that The Cuban Missile Crisis officially ended when President Kennedy ended the quarantine against Cuba. And the possibility of WWIII was averted.

13.     It was on November 1st  that The United States Weather Bureau began  operation, 1870

14.   The Bank of Italy became the Bank of America, November 3, 1930.

15.   On November 13, 1946 the first artificial snow was used by actual skiers.

16.  The Texas Rangers, was authorized by the Texas Provincial Government of Stephen Austin, in November, 1823. But the term “Texas Ranger” did not appear officially in a piece of legislation until 1874.

17.  The infamous American Dust Bowls swept across western America in the 1930’s and hit especially hard in November 0f 1933.

18.   On Nov. 18, 1978, in Jonestown, Guyana, more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple cult, led by Rev. Jim Jones, an American evangelist, committed suicide by drinking poisoned punch he ordered them to consume.

19.   In  November of 1942,  the minimum draft age is changed from 21 to 18 as a result of World War II

20.   November 8, 1837,  Mount Holyoke Seminary is founded as the first college for women in the U.S.

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