ON THIS DAY: November 13, 2016

November 13th is


National Indian Pudding Day

International Tongue Twister Day

World Kindness Day *

World Orphans Day


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Cambodia – Bonn Om Toukinternational Flags
(water festival)

Cayman Islands –
Grand Cayman: 
Pirate Festival

India – Delhi:
Electric Daisy Carnival

Netherlands – Utrecht:
Le Guess Who? Fest

U.S. Virgin Islands – Harvest Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

1732 – John Dickinson, American lawyer and politician,  was a member of both the first and second Continental Congresses, and wrote the first draft of the 1776-77 Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, 5th Governor of Pennsylvania (1782-85)

1789 – Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to a friend, writes: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”


1805 – Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invents a sausage, naming it the “frankfurter”

1841 – James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnotism

1850 – Robert Louis Stevenson is born, Scottish novelist, poet, travel writer




1856 – Louis Brandeis U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1916-1939)

1869 – Helene Stöcker born in Germany, head of the Bund für Mutterschutz (League for The Protection of Mothers), a pioneering reproductive rights organization that advocates equality under the law for illegitimate children, homes for unwed mothers, sex education, access to contraceptives, legalization of abortion, and the right to divorce. In 1908 it was renamed Bund für Mutterschutz und Sexualreform (adding Sexual Reform)

1887 – ‘Bloody Sunday’in London; during a march protesting unemployment, the British Coercion Acts in Ireland, and demanding the release of William O’Brien, MP for Mallow, who was under arrest for drafting the ‘No Rent Manifesto’ urging poor Irish tenant farmers to withhold rent to force the end of landlordism, especially aimed at English and Protestant landlords. Violent clashes took place between the police and demonstrators, many “armed with iron bars, knives, pokers and gas pipes” – 400 protesters were reported arrested and 75 persons badly injured, including many police, two policemen being stabbed and one protester bayonetted

1927 – The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic, the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City


1933 – The first sit-down labor strike in America takes place in Austin, MN

1937 –NBC starts the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio broadcasting, conducted for its first 17 years by Arturo Toscanini

1942 –FDR signs a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.

1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott

1961 – The Tokens release “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

1968 – The Beatles’ animated movie Yellow Submarine U.S. premiere

1969 – Over 45,000 Anti-Vietnam War protesters in Washington, D.C. stage a symbolic ‘March Against Death’

1971 – Three Dog Night releases “Old Fashioned Love Song”

1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

1985 –Xavier Suárez is sworn in as Miami’s first Cuban-born mayor

1986 – The Compact of Free Association becomes law, granting the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands independence from the United States

1992 – The High Court of Australia rules in Dietrich v The Queen that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented

1994 – Swedish voters pass a referendum to join the European Union

1995 – The Rolling Stones release their acoustic album, Stripped

1997 – The Lion King musical opens on Broadway


1998 – First World Kindness Day * started by the World Kindness Movement

2000 – Elton John releases his live album One Night Only

2001 –  U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing 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.

2009 – NASA announced that water had been discovered on the moon by the planned impact on the moon of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)



  • World Kindness Day poster
  • International flags
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Stevenson book covers: left and center by N.C. Wyeth, right by Clara M. Burd
  • Holland Tunnel opening day 1927
  • The Lion King on Broadway



About wordcloud9

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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