ON THIS DAY: November 14, 2016

November 14th is


Blue Circle Selfie Day
& World Diabetes Day

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

National Spicy Guacamole Day

Pickle Appreciation Day

Operating Room Nurse Day

National Speakers Association:
Spirit of NSA Day

MORE! Herman Melville, Nellie Bly and Aaron Copeland, click



British Virgin Islands – Prince of Wales Birthday

Cayman Islands – Remembrance Dayinternational Flags

Columbia – Cartagena Independence

Germany – National Day of Mourning

Guinea Bissau –
Readjustment Movement Day * 

India and Nepal –
Guru Nanak Jayanti Birthday (Sikh)

Jordan – King Hussein Birthdayinternational Flags

Laos – That Luang Festival

Myanmar – Tazaungmone/Thasaung Mong
(lights festival)

Palestinian Authority – National Day

Tuvalu – Heir to the Throne Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1666 – First experimental blood transfusion takes place in Britain, between two dogs

1765 – Robert Fulton is born, American engineer and inventor

1770 – Scottish explorer James Bruce discovers the Blue Nile source at Lake Tana in northwest Ethiopia


1832 – New York City’s first streetcar begins operation – horse-drawn, it carries 30 people

1840 – Claude Monet, French Impressionist painter, born

1851 – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is published in the U.S.


1881 – Charles J. Guiteau’s trial for assassinating U.S. President Garfield opens

1889 – Pioneering journalist Nellie Bly (born Elizabeth Cochrane) begins her challenge: to beat the fictional Phileas Fogg’s record, going around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes


1900 – Aaron Copeland, American composer, is born

(just ignore the subtitles)

1910 – Aviator Eugene Burton Ely makes the first takeoff from a ship in a Curtiss pusher, from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in Hampton Roads, Virginia

1918 – Czechoslovakia becomes a republic

1919 – Veronica Lake is born, American actress whose long ‘peek-a-boo’ hair was so copied that she changed her hairstyle during WWII to help prevent women working in wartime factories from catching their hair in the machinery


1922 – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) begins domestic radio service

1935 – FDR announces that the Philippines have become a free commonwealth after approval of their new constitution The Tydings-McDuffie Act plans for the Philippines to be completely independent by July 4, 1946

1943 – Assistant Conductor Leonard Bernstein, age 25, debuts with the New York Philharmonic, filling in for ailing Bruno Walter  prior to a national broadcast concert

1944 – Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra record “Opus No. 1” for RCA records, after it was “left on the cutting room floor” of a movie the previous year

1954 – Condoleezza Rice is born, U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09)

1956 – The USSR crushes the Hungarian uprising

1961 – The Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii premieres

1967 – The Columbian Congress declares the “Day of the Columbia Woman” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the death of ‘La Pola’, Policarpa Salavarrieta, a Neogranadine seamstress-turned-spy for the revolutionary forces fighting against the Spanish who was caught and executed

1968 – Yale University announces it is going co-educational.

1969 – NASA’s Apollo 12 blasts off for the moon from Cape Kennedy FL

1970 – Santana releases Black Magic Woman

1972 – Blue Ribbon Sports becomes Nike

1980 – Readjustment Movement Day * Prime Minister João Bernardo Vieira leads a bloodless coup in Guinea-Bissau, appoints Council of the Revolution to run the country 

1983 – The British government announces that 96 Tomahawk cruise missiles, part of a planned NATO deployment, have arrived at Greenham Common air base, where thousands of protesters, mostly women, are encamped surrounding the base


1994 – U.S. experts visited North Korea’s main nuclear complex for the first time under an accord that opened such sites to outside inspections.

1995 – The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while most government offices operated with skeleton crews, because President Clinton vetoed the spending bill sent to him by the Republican-controlled Congress which brutally slashed funding for Medicare, education, the environment, and public health

1999 – The United Nations imposes sanctions on Afghanistan for refusing to hand over terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden

2007 – Buildings in Kaixian, China are demolished to make way for the Three Gorges project – the urban area, dating back 1,800 years, will be submerged under the Three Gorges reservoir by October 2008




  • World Diabetes Day poster
  • International flags
  • Map of the Blue Nile
  • Rockwell Kent illustration of Moby Dick
  • Nellie Bly photo and review of her book
  • Veronica Lake
  • Greenham Common lie-in
  • Kaixian, China demolition


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 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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