ON THIS DAY: November 15, 2016

November 15th is


America Recycles Day *

Entrepreneur’s Day *

I Love to Write Day *

National Philanthropy Day *

National Young Reader’s Day

Sadie Hawkins Day *


MORE! Francisco Pizarro,  Georgia O’Keeffe and David Bowie, click



Shinto – Shichi Go Saninternational Flags

Austria – Saint Martin’s Day

Belgium – King’s Birthday

Brazil – Republic Proclamation Day

Ivory Coast – National Peace Day

Turkish North Cyprus – Proclamation Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1532 – Francisco Pizarro, with a force of 106 foot-soldiers and 62 horsemen arrives at Cajamarca, where last Sapa Inca (emperor) Atahualpa, with army of 80,000, is camped


1533 – Francisco Pizarro enters Incan capital, Cuzco, to complete the conquest of Peru

1738 –  William Herschel, German-English astronomer and composer

1777 – After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation

1791 – The first U.S. Catholic college, Georgetown University, opens its doors

1806 – Lt. Zebulon Pike sees a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains, later named Pikes Peak

1867 – The first stock ticker is demonstrated in New York City

1887 – Georgia O’Keeffe is born, American painter


1889 – Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca declares Brazil a republic as Emperor Pedro II is deposed in a military coup.

1901 – Miller Reese patents an electrical hearing aid

1915 – Winston Churchill tenders his letter of resignation as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, leaving office 10 days later, to command the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front

1920 – The League of Nations meets for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland

1926 –NBC’s radio network of 24 stations opens with a 4-hour broadcast spectacular

1932 – Petula Clark, British actress and singer

1933 – Thailand holds its first election

1934 – Peter Dickinson, British composer

1937 –  Sadie Hawkins Day * is first mentioned in the Li’l Abner daily comic strip

1939 – FDR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC

1940 – 75,000 men are called to Armed Forces duty under first peacetime conscription

1949 – Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi

1955 – The first phase of the Saint Petersburg Metro opens

1956 – Elvis Presley makes his acting debut in “Love Me Tender”

1959 – The Clutter family of Holcomb KS are murdered, which will inspire Truman Capote’s non-fiction book In Cold Blood

1966 – NASA’s Gemini 12 splashes down in the Atlantic, completing its final mission

1983 – Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus declares independence, but only Turkey recognizes it

1985 – The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald

1986 – First National Philanthropy Day *– Philanthropy is “the love of humankind,” and National Philanthropy Day is when thousands of people come together to put that word into action and recognize the change it brings to our communities 


1990 – David Bowie debuts on Broadway as The Elephant Man


1997 – America Recycles Day * is started by the National Recycling Coalition, and declared by Presidential Proclamation, now a program of Keep American Beautiful

2002 – John Riddle starts I Love to Write Day *



2006 – Al Jazeera English launches worldwide

2010 – Entrepreneur’s Day * is started by David Hauser and Siamak Taghaddos, co-founders of Grasshopper, and Amir Tehrani of the Legacy Foundation



  • America Recycles Day poster
  • International flags
  • Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru, painted by John Everett Millais (1846)
  • Red Poppy, painted by Georgia O’Keeffe (1927)
  • National Philanthropy Day header
  • David Bowie in the The Elephant Man
  • I Love to Write Day – writing exercise


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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