ON THIS DAY: November 2, 2016

November 2nd is


Deviled Egg Day

Traffic Directors Day *

Stress Awareness Day *

International Day to End Impunity
for Crimes against Journalists *


MORE! Peter the Great, Moa Martinson and Harry Truman, click



Christian – All Souls Day
Rastafarian – Haile Selassie Coronation

international Flags

Belarus – Dsuady
(Catholic remembrance day)

Haiti – Port-au-Prince:
Fete Gede

Iceland – Reykjavik:
Iceland Airwaves Festival

Mauritius – Arrival of Indentured Laborers
(first of thousands of Chinese and Indians) 

Mexico – Oaxaca:


On This Day in HISTORY

1721 – Peter the Great, sovereign of all Russia, changes his title to Emperor


1783 – U.S. General George Washington gives his “Farewell Address to the Army”



1975 – The French Directory, a five-member committee, replaces the Committee of Public Safety as the governing body of France, until it is overthrown by Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1799 Coup du 18 Brumaire

1867 – Harper’s Bazaar magazine is founded


1890 – Moa Martinson, given name Helga, Swedish feminist and labor author (Mor gifter sig – My Mother Gets Married), is born

1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as 39th and 40th U.S. states

1917 – The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the clear understanding “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”

1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station, first broadcast is results of 1920 U. S. presidential election

1921 – Margaret Sanger’s National Birth Control League combines with Mary Ware Denetts’ Voluntary Parenthood League to form the American Birth Control League






1928 – Herb Geller, saxophonist and composer, is born in Los Angeles CA

1930 – Haile Selassie becomes emperor of Ethiopia

1936 –  The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world’s first regular, “high-definition” (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is also founded

1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 The Hercules; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built


1948 – Harry S. Truman defeats Thomas E. Dewey for U.S. president, but the Chicago Tribune publishes an early edition with the headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers

1949 – At the Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference, the Netherlands agrees to transfer sovereignty of the Dutch East Indies to the United States of Indonesia, and
Lois McMaster Bujold, speculative fiction author, winner of 4 Hugos and 3 Nebula Awards, winner of both for Paladin of Souls (2004), is born in Columbus OH

1953 – Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names country Islamic Republic of Pakistan

1959 – Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren tells a Congressional committee he was given questions and answers in advance


1959 – The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the U. K., is opened between present junctions 5 and 18, along with M10 and M45 motorways

1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case

1964 – King Saud of Saudi Arabia is deposed by a family coup, and replaced by his half-brother Faisal

1978 – The Police release their debut album Outlandos d’Amour

1983 – U.S. President Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1984 – Velma Barfield, who confessed to six murders, becomes the first woman executed in the U. S. since 1962

1985 – The South African government imposes severe restrictions on television, radio and newspaper coverage of unrest by both local and foreign journalists

1986 – A 12-by-16-inch ‘cell’ of a poison apple from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is purchased for $30,800

1993 – U.S. Senate calls for full disclosure of Senator Bob Packwood’s diaries in a sexual harassment probe

1998 – First Stress Awareness Day * started by the International Stress Management Association in the U.K.

2001 – The animated film Monsters, Inc. opens with the highest box office for an animated film

2003 – The U.S. Episcopal Church diocese consecrates its first openly gay bishop

2009 (?) – First mention found of Traffic Directors Day * – a day to say thank you to the media people who bring us traffic reports

2013 – U.N. resolution establishes November 2 as International Day to End Impunity
for Crimes against Journalists *




  • Stress Awareness Day reminder
  • International flags
  • Peter the Great with conquer quote
  • George Washington painted by Tobias Lear, with quote  from Farewell to the Army
  • First issue of Harper’s Bazaare
  • Birth Control Review and Margaret Sanger with her staff c. 1921
  • Spruce Goose during its only flight (1947)
  • Charles  Van Doren in the booth on Twenty-One
  • International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists poster


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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5 Responses to ON THIS DAY: November 2, 2016

  1. pete says:

    I’ve gotta start going online earlier in the day. Some deviled eggs sound really good right now.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi pete –

      I do try to post all the good food days, and even some of the foods only a few people like, so tuning in while you still have time to make or buy something tasty would be a good idea.

  2. I absolutely love deviled eggs, but peeling and filleting all those devils is Hell on your knives. And you can’t make ’em with demons. Just not the same.

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