November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address The Union had won The Battle of Gettysburg and the town was planning on dedicating a national cemetery to the fallen soldiers. President Lincoln was invited to make an address for the opening ceremonies. It would not be a joyous occasion, but a sad one as […]

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November 19 in Pop Culture History

November 19 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The Mayflower reached Cape Cod & explored the coast. 1805 – Lewis & Clark reached Pacific Ocean, they were the first European Americans to cross the American continent. 1850 – A patent (#7,784) for magic lantern slides made of glass plate was issued to Frederick Langenheim of […]

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Happy National Unfriend Day!

(PCM) What began as a joke started by late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, National Unfriend Day is celebrated on November 17th and is a day to spend a few moments trimming down your Facebook friends list, especially those individuals that bring negativity to your page.  Kimmel jokingly said that a few examples of those who […]

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Homemade Bread Day 11/17

BAKE BREAD / BREAK BREAD: NOVEMBER 17TH IS HOMEMADE BREAD DAY (PCM) According to the interwebs, November 17th is Homemade Bread Day. It’s not clear why this day, in particular, has been set aside to celebrate home bread baking, but it might have something to do with Thanksgiving being just around the corner. All over […]

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November 17 in Pop Culture History

November 17 in Pop Culture History 1558 – Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister, The ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I of England. 1827 – The Delta Phi & Sigma Phi fraternities were founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Along with Kappa Alpha Society and Sigma Phi Society, the […]

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November 16 in Pop Culture History

November 16 in Pop Culture History 1620 – The first corn (maize) was found in North America by British settlers, including Myles Standish and William Bradford, in Provincetown, Massachsettes. 1676 – First colonial prison was organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts. William Bunker was the first warden. 1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post was […]

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America Recycles Day November 15

Recycling has become a major part of American culture as well as our lifestyle.  With the holidays quickly approaching this is a good time to remind people of the importance of recycling as well as the importance of buying recycled products.  Christmas and Thanksgiving both give us ample extra waste that can be recycled.  Soda […]

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November 15 in Pop Culture History

November 15 in Pop Culture History 1492 – Christopher Columbus’ notes included the first recorded reference to tobacco. 1660 – First kosher butcher (Asser Levy) was licensed in New York City (New Amsterdam). 1791 – The first Catholic college in US, Georgetown University, opened 1806 – First US college magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its […]

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November 14 is World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991.  Its development was in response to the high rise of diabetic cases across the globe.  The purpose is to promote advocacy for diabetics as well as information for the general public on how to curb the disease from rising any further.  The United […]

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November 14 in Pop Culture History

November 14 1851 – Moby-Dick by Herman Melville was published. 1889 – New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to duplicate the literary journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days. She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours. […]

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November 12 in Pop Culture History

November 12 in Pop Culture History 1799 – Andrew Ellicott wrote the about first known record of a meteor shower observed in the US. We now know they were the Leonids. 1847 – Sir James Young Simpson, the father of modern anesthetics, used chloroform (“perchloride of formyle”) for the first time as an anesthetic in […]

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November 10 in Pop Culture History

November 10 in Pop Culture History 1619 – René Descartes had the dreams that inspired his Meditations on First Philosophy. 1775 – The United States Marine Corps Was Born: “That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist […]

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November 9 in Pop Culture History

November 9 in Pop Culture History In Germany, November 9th is called Schicksalstag (Fateful Day) it was the day that Robert Blum was executed in 1848, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated in 1918, Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Kristallnacht in 1938, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte became dictator […]

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Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (November 8th)

“Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day” (November 8th) is one of a smorgasbord of made-up holidays copyrighted (!) by Thomas and Ruth Roy. While much of the Roys’ invented calendar is kind of… out there – consider “Name Your PC Day” (I call mine ‘You Sonuva…’) or “Yell ‘Fudge’ at the Cobras in North America […]

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November 8 in Pop Culture History

November 8 392 – Roman Emperor Theodosius declared the Christian religion the official state religion. He also dissolved the order of the Vestal Virgins in Rome, which had been in place for almost 400 years. 1519 – First meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico. #bigmistake Little is known about him, except […]

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November 7 in Pop Culture History

November 7 in Pop Culture History 1492 – The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck ground one afternoon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. 1665 – First edition of the London Gazette was printed. At the time it was called “The Oxford Gazette”. 1786 […]

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November 6 in Pop Culture History

November 6 in Pop Culture History 1572 – A supernova was observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia. Queen Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus, King of Aethiopia and mother of Princess Andromeda in Greek mythology. 1789 – Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He is […]

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November 4 in Pop Culture History

November 4 in Pop Culture History 1667 (Earthquake) Shamakhi (now Azerbaijan) estimated 80,000 people killed. 1841 – First wagon train arrived in California. They left Independence, Missouri on May 1, 1841. 1846 – The first U.S. patent (#4,834) for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith, New Hampshire. 1873 – A […]

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National Sandwich Day is November 3rd

November 3rd is National Sandwich Day! Not coincidentally, it is also the birthday of John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing everyone’s favorite one-handed meal when he had his meat brought to him between slices of bread so he wouldn’t have to stop gambling. To celebrate this genius contribution to gustatory […]

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November 3 in Pop Culture History

November 3 in Pop Culture History 1838 – The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce. 1863 – US patent for an antifouling paint for ships’ hulls was issued to J.G. Tarr and A.H. Wonson (# 40515) for a copper […]

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The Delicious History Of Nachos

(PCM) Who doesn’t love a large plate of nachos covered with melting cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream? Nachos have become one of our go to snack foods and it an incredibly popular appetizer at many restaurants and sports bars. They are one of the number one picks for a stadium snack, especially during sporting […]

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November 2 in Pop Culture History

November 2 in Pop Culture History 1898 – Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team with “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” Princeton had published cheers for the audience to chant as early as 1877. In 1903 the […]

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National Author’s Day is November 1st

(PCM) They say that writing is a lonely profession, but not today! In 1949, the U.S. government designated November 1st as National Author’s Day, due in part to one Mrs. Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, a super fan who wanted to give thanks to American authors for their contributions. If your life is made better because […]

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November 1 in Pop Culture History

November 1 in Pop Culture History 1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Italy were first exhibited. He started the work in 1508. 1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastated the Dutch coast. 1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first presented. 1611 – […]

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The Big List of Knock Knock Jokes For National Knock-Knock Day!

October 31st is well known as Halloween, but did you know it is also National Knock-Knock Day? Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Robin Robin who? Robin you! Give me your wallet! Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Wanda Wanda who? Wanda come and hang out with me? Knock Knock Knock, Knock… Who’s there? Control Freak Cont… […]

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The History of Halloween

(PCM) Halloween is probably the longest-running holiday with a set day or time period. The earliest celebrations of the day that became November 1st was Samhain, a celebration of the harvest. The harvest was held with thought to the upcoming winter, which undoubtedly would bring death to many due to the coming cold season. So […]

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Devil’s Night, Mischief Night And Haunted Refrigerator Night?

(PCM) The night before Halloween (October 30) has long been referred to as either Devil’s Night or Mischief Night and has been referenced for many years as a night where the youth in various cities take it upon themselves to partake in an evening filled with mischievous or petty crime. Mostly their behavior focuses on […]

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October 30 in Pop Culture History

October 30 in Pop Culture History 1876 – Great Backeganj Cyclone, India (now Bangladesh) 1945 – Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball color barrier. 1938 – Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds. 1947 – The […]

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October 29 in Pop Culture History

October 29 in Pop Culture History 1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for conspiring against James I of England. 1886 – The first ticker tape parade took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. 1888 – The Convention of […]

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Celebrate National Cat Day!

(PCM) Everyone knows that the internet is obsessed with cats!  We adore looking at their adorable fuzzy little faces and seriously, who doesn’t love watching funny cat videos?  Cats have completely dominated the internet from the countless Grumpy Cat memes, Lil Bub and Colonel Meow images and of course the delightful musical styling from Keyboard Cat! […]

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‘The Hands Resist Him By Bill Stoneham: Haunted Painting Or Urban Legend?

(PCM) Many individuals feel that the 1972 painting “The Hands Resist Him” by artist Bill Stoneham carries a curse. Many strange occurrences are rumored to have taken place by those who have viewed the painting and even more so for those who have actually had the painting in their possession. Some say that these occurrences could […]

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Make A Difference Day – The Fourth Saturday of October

This October 24th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company. In collaboration with Points of Light it is the largest national day of community service.Make […]

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October 28 in Pop Culture History

October 28 in Pop Culture History 1420 – Beijing became the officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty on the same year that the Forbidden City, the seat of government, was completed. 1492 – Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba. 1636 – The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established the first college […]

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October 26 in Pop Culture History

October 26 in Pop Culture History 1774 – The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. 1775 – King George III of Great Britain went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to stop the American Revolution. 1776 – Benjamin Franklin went to France to seek French support for […]

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October 25 in Pop Culture History

October 25 in Pop Culture History 1938 – Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced swing music as “a degenerated musical system, turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people.” 1940 – Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was named the first African American general in the United States Army. 1962 – […]

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October 23 in Pop Culture History

October 23 in Pop Culture History 4004 BC is the date when the creation of the world began, according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher. 1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention opened in Worcester, Massachusetts. 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related […]

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October 21 in Pop Culture History

October 21 in Pop Culture History 1520 – Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan in South America. 1797 – In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution was launched. It was the third such vessel completed for the US Navy. 1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff […]

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October 18 in Pop Culture History

October 18 in Pop Culture History 1386 – The University of Heidelberg opened. 1620 – The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. 1851 – Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published as ‘The Whale.’ 1867 – “Seward’s Folly” United States took possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. 1898 – The United […]

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It’s National Mulligan Day! Who Doesn’t Need A “Do-Over” From Time To Time?

(PCM) Each year, Mulligan Day is celebrated on October 17 and for those that may not be familiar with the term “mulligan”, it is a word that is used in the sport of golf to describe a player getting a second chance to perform a move or action. In fact, we are willing to bet […]

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October 17 in Pop Culture History

October 17 in Pop Culture History 1091 – The London Tornado of 1091 destroyed many buildings, and killed two people. 1814 – The London Beer Flood killed 8 people. 1860 – First Open (Golf) Championship (referred to in the US as the British Open). 1919 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) incorporated. 1931 – Al […]

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Celebrate National Grouch Day!

(PCM) National Grouch Day is celebrated annually on October 15 and is a day for celebrating and letting loose the inner grouch that can live within us all! According to the dictionary a grouch is a habitually irritable or complaining person and most grouchy people are at their happiest when others around them can share in […]

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October 15 in Pop Culture History

October 15 in Pop Culture History On October 15, 1964 Congress resolved that October 15 would be proclaimed White Cane Safety Day. President Lyndon Johnson immediately made a proclamation sealing this as an official day to recognize the advancements and achievements of blind individuals. It is called White Cane Safety Day because the white cane […]

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October 14 in Pop Culture History

October 14 in Pop Culture History 1926 – Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was first published. 1881 – Eyemouth Windstorm Disaster, Scotland 1908 – The Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, winning the World Series. 1912 – Former President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, was shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank. […]

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October 13 in Pop Culture History

October 13 in Pop Culture History 1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy, almost 25 million light years away, was discovered by Charles Messier. 1775 – The United States Continental Congress ordered the establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United States Navy). 1843 – B’nai B’rith was founded in New York City. 1917 – The […]

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October 11 in Pop Culture History

October 11 in Pop Culture History 1138 (Earthquake) Aleppo, Syria 1811 -The Juliana, began operation as the first steam-powered ferry service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey. 1852 – The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, opened. 1890 The Daughters of the American Revolution were founded, in Washington, DC. 1958 – […]

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October 10 in Pop Culture History

October 10 in Pop Culture History 1780 – The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 20,000 to 30,000 people in the Caribbean region. 1845 – In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (now the United States Naval Academy) opened. 1871 – The Great Chicago Fire finally dissipated. 1871 – Tau Epsilon Phi was founded at Columbia University […]

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Christopher Columbus Day

The first celebration of Columbus Day took place in New York City on October 12, 1866. Since 1970, the holiday has been celebrated on the second Monday in October. San Francisco holds the nation’s oldest continuously existing celebration with their Italian-American community’s annual Columbus Day Parade, which was established in 1868. Despite the negative publicity […]

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October 8 in Pop Culture History

October 8 in Pop Culture History Emergency Nurses Day was established on October 8, 1989 in order to honor the nurses who specifically work in hospital emergency rooms. These nurses play an intrinsic part of a community’s life. Responding quickly to life endangering circumstances but also having to have a compassionate heart towards patients who […]

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October 7 in Pop Culture History

October 7 in Pop Culture History 3761 BC – Today was the first day of creation, according to the Jewish Talmudic Calendar. 1737 (Cyclone) India 1919 – KLM, the Netherlands official airline, was founded. 1933 – Air France began, with the merger of 5 smaller French airlines. 1950 – Mother Teresa opened the Missionary of […]

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October 6 in Pop Culture History

October 6 in Pop Culture History 1876 – The American Library Association was founded. 1927 – Opening of The Jazz Singer with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, in New York City. 1948 (Earthquake) Ashgabat, Soviet Union 1948 – The first television network soap opera, Faraway Hill, is broadcast by the DuMont Network. 1973 – #1 Hit […]

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October 5 in Pop Culture History

October 5 in Pop Culture History October 5, 1994 was the first celebration of World Teachers Day. This day is set aside to commemorate and celebrate teachers in the local community. The day has been recognized by The United Nations. Communities are encouraged to sponsor and plan events around the day. Many countries including the […]

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October 3 in Pop Culture History

October 3 in Pop Culture History 1863 – The last Thursday in November was declared as Thanksgiving Day by US President Abraham Lincoln. 1872 – The Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store at 938 Third Avenue, in New York City. 1949 – WERD, the first black-owned radio station in the United States, opened in Atlanta. […]

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