ON THIS DAY: November 28, 2016

November 28th is


Cider Monday *

Cyber Monday *

French Toast Day

Red Planet Day *


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Baha’i – Ascension of Abdul-Baha

Albania – Independence Dayinternational Flags

Argentina – Día de la Soberanía Nacional

Chad – Republic Day

Republic of the Congo – Jour de la République

East Timor – Independence Proclamation Day

international Flags

Iran – Death of Prophet Mohammad &
Martyrdom of Imam Hasan

Mauritania – Independence Day

New Zealand – Chatham Islands and Westland:
Provincial Anniversary Days

Panamá – Independencia de Panamá de España


On This Day in HISTORY

1520 –  An expedition under the command of Ferdinand Magellan passes through the Strait of Magellan

1582 – In Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage license


1632 – Jean-Baptiste Lully is born, Italian-French composer

1660 – At Gresham College, twelve men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decide to found what is later known as the Royal Society

1757 – William Blake, English poet and painter, is born


1785 – The first Treaty of Hopewell is signed between U.S. representative Benjamin Hawkins and the Cherokee, laying out a western boundary for American settlement. The treaty gave rise to the sardonic Cherokee phrase of ‘Talking Leaves’ since they claimed that when the treaties no longer suited the Americans, they blew away like talking leaves

1805 – John Lloyd Stephens is born, American archeologist and explorer

1811 – Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, premieres at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig

1814 – The Times of London becomes the first newspaper to be produced on a steam-powered printing press, built by the German team of Koenig & Bauer

1820 – Friedrich Engels born, German-English philosopher, economist, and journalist

1821 – Panama separates from Spain and joins Gran Colombia

1829 – Anton Rubinstein is born, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor

1843 – Ka Lā Hui (Hawaiian Independence Day): The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation

1893 – The first New Zealand general election in which women can vote

1895 – First American automobile race over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours

1904 –  Nancy Mitford is born, English journalist and author


1905 – Irish nationalist Arthur Griffith founds Sinn Féin as a political party with the main aim of establishing a dual monarchy in Ireland

1908 – Claude Lévi-Strauss is born, Belgian-French anthropologist and ethnologist

1909 – Sergei Rachmaninoff gives the debut performance of his Piano Concerto No. 3

1912 – Albania declares its independence from the Ottoman Empire

1917 – The Estonian Provincial Assembly declares itself the sovereign power of Estonia

1919 – American-born Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the U.K.’s Parliament, the first woman to sit in the House of Commons

1925 – The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee, as the WSM Barn Dance

1929 – Berry Gordy, Jr. born, American songwriter/producer, Motown Records founder

1943 – Randy Newman is born, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1944 – The movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis opens in New York

1950 – Russell Alan Hulse born, American physicist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate

1953 – A strike of photoengravers shuts down New York’s newspapers for 11 days

1958 – Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon become autonomous republics within the French Community

1960 – Mauritania becomes independent of France

1962 – Jon Stewart is born, American comedian, actor, and television host

1964 – NASA spacecraft Mariner-4 launches for 228 day mission which will bring it within 6,118 miles of Mars in July 1965 – commemorated as Red Planet Day *

1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson calls for “more flags” in Vietnam, Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos announces he will send troops to help fight in the war in South Vietnam

1966 – Michel Micombero overthrows the monarchy of Burundi and makes himself the first president

1967 – The first pulsar known as PSR B1919+21 in the constellation of Vulpecula was discovered by two astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish

1972 – Last executions in Paris: Claude Buffet and Roger Bontems are guillotined at La Santé Prison

1974 – Elton John and John Lennon sing a duet of “I Saw Her Standing There” at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The show was John Lennon’s last stage appearance

1975 – East Timor declares its independence from Portugal

1978 – The Iranian government bans religious marches

1983 – The space shuttle Columbia takes off with the STS-9 Spacelab in its cargo bay

1989 – Prince’s song “Scandalous,” from the Batman Soundtrack, is released

1990 – Margaret Thatcher resigns as prime minister of Britain


1994 – Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death in prison by a fellow inmate

1994 – Norwegian voters reject European Union membership

1995 – President Clinton signs $6 billion road bill ending federal 55 mph speed limit

2005 – The first Cyber Monday * started to encourage people to shop online, the name was coined by Ellen Davis – now a day for bargain-hunters to shop without fighting the crowds on Black Friday

2013 – The Toadstool Bookshops in New Hampshire launch Cider Monday * as an alternative to shopping online or in overcrowded stores on Black Friday – shop at your local independent businesses, especially the independent booksellers, and get a free cup of apple cider – so much more civilized!




  • French Toast
  • International flags
  • Anne Hathaway Shakespeare
  • William Blake with artwork
  • Nancy Mitford with unfairness quote
  • Thatcher resigns headline
  • Cider Monday promo


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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