ON THIS DAY: November 19, 2016

November 19th is

Equal Opportunity Day *


National Adoption Day *

International Men’s Day *

National Macchiato Day

Rocky and Bullwinkle Day *

World Toilet Day *


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Belize – Garifuna Settlement Day *

Mexico – Ciudad de México:international Flags
Corona Capital Fiesta

Monaco – Fète de le Prince Souverain

Oman – HM Sultan Qaboos Birthday

Peru – Lima/Callao: Closing Day of APEC
(Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit

Puerto Rico – Discovery Day

Sénégal – Magal de Touba
(Islamic –Ahmadou Bamba’s exile)


On This Day in HISTORY

1794 – The Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, Between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America, known as “Jay’s Treaty” after American’s chief negotiator, John Jay, resolved such issues as withdrawal of British troops from the ‘Northwest’ territory (the  Ohio area); some U.S. trading rights with British possessions in exchange for limits on American export of cotton; and arbitration to resolve wartime debts and the US-Canadian border, one of the first uses of arbitration in diplomatic history. The terms of the treaty had a 10-year limit – when it expired, attempts at a new treaty failed, one of the causes of the War of 1812


1802 – Garifuna Settlement Day * – the Garifuna (mixed-race descendants of African and Island Carib and Arawak people) arrive at British Honduras (now Belize)

1816 – Warsaw University, now the largest university in Poland, is established as a Royal University with the permission of Tsar Alexander I when the partitions of Poland separate Warsaw from Kraków

1847 – Canada’s second railway line, the Montreal and Lachine Railway, opens

1850 – The first life insurance policy for a woman is issued to Carolyn Ingraham, age 36, who bought the policy in Madison, NJ

1863 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg PA


1881 – A meteorite lands near Grossliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine

1893 – First newspaper color supplement is published in the Sunday New York World

1895 – Louise Dahl-Wolfe born, American photographer, Harper’s Bazaar


1905 – Tommy Dorsey born, American trombonist, composer and bandleader

1916 – Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures

1917 – Indira Gandhi born, Indian politician, 3rd Prime Minister of India

1920 – Gene Tierney born, American stage and film star,  Laura, Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Leave Her to Heaven (Best Actress Oscar nomination)


1928 – Time magazine’s first color cover, Japanese Emperor Hirohito


1933 – Women allowed to vote in Spain

1943 – Nazis liquidate Janowska concentration camp in Lemberg (Lviv), western Ukraine, murdering at least 6,000 Jews after a failed uprising and mass escape attempt

1944 – FDR announces the 6th War Loan Drive, to sell $14 billion in war bonds toward paying the U.S. cost of WWII

1946 – Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden join the United Nations

1950 – US General Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of NATO-Europe

1954 – Prince Rainier III launches Télé Monte Carlo, Europe’s oldest private TV channel

1955 – National Review publishes its first issue

1957 – U.S. President Eisenhower proclaims Equal Opportunity Day * now an Urban League annual event

1957 – Ofra Haza born, Israeli singer-songwriter-actress, “The Bimbo Song”

Because I feel like dancing, I feel like nonsense
I want to laugh – but you, I don’t want
I want to have a good time during the day, also during the night
I want to scream – I’m a frecha

Once when I have time to grow up
The party will be over
For at the end of every frecha, hides a nice little apartment complex
A model husband, and smoke going off in a thousand directions……

1959 – The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show * debuts on NBC-TV

1960 – Matt Sorum born, American drummer-songwriter- producer, Guns ‘N Roses

1967 – TVB is established, Hong Kong’s first wireless commercial TV station

1969 – Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (“Ocean of Storms”), 3rd and 4th humans to walk on the Moon

1977 – Egyptian President Sadat is first Arab leader to make an official visit to Israel

1979 – Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini orders release of 13 female and black American hostages held at the US Embassy in Tehran

1982 – Led Zeppelin releases their Coda album

1985 – Pennzoil wins a $10.53 billion judgment against Texaco, U.S. civil verdict in history, because Texaco executed a contract to buy Getty Oil after Pennzoil entered into an unsigned, but binding, buyout contract with Getty

1993 – U.S. Senate approves sweeping $22.3 billion anti-crime measure

1994 – In the U.K., the first National Lottery draw is held; a £1 ticket gives one-in-14-million odds of getting the winning six out of 49 numbers

1996 – Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire

1997 – U.S. premiere of Paul McCartney’s orchestral “Standing Stone” at Carnegie Hall

1998 – U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton

1998 – Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sells for $71.5 million


1999 – International Men’s Day * is founded in Trinidad and Tobago, focusing on improving the health of men – the 2016 theme is Preventing Male Suicide

2000 – A coalition including The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Children’s Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption start National Adoption Day *

2001 – The World Toilet Organization starts World Toilet Day * to highlight the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet, with a goal of preventing the spread of diseases like cholera, typhoid and hepatits, as well as ensuring that women and children are not at risk of rape or assault because they lack indoor toilets


2002 – The U.S. government completes its takeover of security at 424 airports nationwide.

2007 – Amazon launches the Kindle, a hand-held electronic device for reading books



  • National Macchiato Day promo
  • International flags
  • John Jay with education quote
  • Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, National Women’s Relief Corp card
  • 1952 shot of Evelyn Tripp, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar
  • Still from classic film noir Laura showing portrait of Gene Tierney in title role
  • Time magazine’s first color cover, Emperor Hirohito
  • Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of the Artist Without Beard
  • World Toilet Day banner


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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3 Responses to ON THIS DAY: November 19, 2016

  1. ann summers says:

    One of the things I like about the humor of Rocky and Bullwinkle is that it sometimes gets self-referential. Here are two examples:

    Rocky: Bullwinkle, I’m worried.
    Bullwinkle: Ratings down in the show again?
    Rocky: No.
    Bullwinkle: That’s odd.
    Rocky: I’m worried because there have already been two attempts on your life.
    Bullwinkle: Oh, don’t worry. We will be renewed.
    Rocky: I’m not talking about the Bullwinkle Show.
    Bullwinkle: You had better; we could use the publicity.


    Rocky: Bullwinkle, do you know what an A-Bomb is?
    Bullwinkle: Sure, a bomb is what some people call our show.
    Rocky: I don’t think that’s very funny.
    Bullwinkle: Neither do they, apparently.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      If you look at the credits, the name Bill Hurtz comes one of the directors of the show –
      his wife was my dad’s first cousin, but they were like Aunt and Uncle to me – we got married in their backyard.

      They were the kind of wonderful people I would have chosen as relatives if that was how it worked – I was so lucky to get them from the genetic lottery!

  2. That show had a very formative influence on my sense of humor. Now watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat . . .

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