ON THIS DAY: November 2, 2017

November 2nd is

Deviled Egg Day

Traffic Directors Day *

International Day to End Impunity
for Crimes Against Journalists *


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Christian – All Souls Day

Rastafarian – Haile Selassie Coronation

Cambodia –Bonn Om Touk
(Water Festival)

Iceland – Reykjavik:
Iceland Airwaves Festival

Liberia – Thanksgiving Day

Mexico – Oaxaca:


On This Day in HISTORY

1675 – King Philip’s War/First Indian War: Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow leads a colonial militia against the Narragansett

1721 – Peter the Great, sovereign of all Russia, changes his title to Emperor

1739 – Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf born, German composer

1755 – Marie Antoinette born in Austria, queen consort of Louis XVI of France

1783 – U.S. General George Washington gives his “Farewell Address to the Army”

1879 – Marion Jones Farquhar born, American tennis player, first Californian to reach the finals at the Women’s U.S. Tennis Championships in 1898, but her first win is in 1899, her second win is in 1902. At the 1900 Olympics, became the first American woman to win a medal in Tennis; inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006

1887 – Harper’s Bazaar magazine is founded

1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as 39th and 40th U.S. states

1917 – The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the clear understanding “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”

1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station, first broadcast is results of 1920 U. S. presidential election

1921 – Margaret Sanger’s National Birth Control League combines with Mary Ware Denetts’ Voluntary Parenthood League to form the American Birth Control League

1928 – Herb Geller born, American Jazz saxophonist and composer

1930 – Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia

1936 – Rose Bird born, American judge, first female justice on the California Supreme Court, and first woman Chief Justice of California (1977-1987)

1936 –  The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world’s first regular, “high-definition” (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is also founded

1939 –Pauline Neville-Jones born, career member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service (1963-1996) in Rhodesia, Singapore, Washington DC and Bonn; seconded to the European Commission (1977-1982); 1991-1994, Head of Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet; made a Dame Commander in 1995, and The Baroness Neville-Jones in 2007

1942 –Shere Hite born in the U.S., becomes a German citizen in 1995, sexologist whose work focuses primarily on female sexuality

1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 The Hercules; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built

1948 – Harry S. Truman defeats Thomas E. Dewey for U.S. president, but the Chicago Tribune publishes an early edition with the headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers

1949 – Lois McMaster Bujold born, American speculative fiction author; 4-time Hugo Award-winner; The Mountains of Mourning, The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls

1949 – At the Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference, the Netherlands agrees to transfer sovereignty of the Dutch East Indies to the United States of Indonesia, and

1953 – Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names country Islamic Republic of Pakistan

1959 – Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren tells to Congressional committee he was given questions and answers in advance

1959 – The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the U. K., is opened between present junctions 5 and 18, along with M10 and M45 motorways

1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case

1961 – k.d. lang born, Canadian pop-country singer-songwriter, 4-time Grammy winner

1964 – King Saud of Saudi Arabia is deposed by a family coup, and replaced by his half-brother Faisal

1964 – Britta Lejon born, Swedish Social Democratic politician; member of the Riksdag, and was in the cabinet of Göran Persson (1996-2006)

1974 – Sofia Polgár  born, Hungarian chess player, the middle sister with Susan and Judit Polgár, the Polgár trio of Chess Grandmasters; Sofia is World Under-14 Girls Champion in 1986, her highest performance rating: 2879 at a tournament in Rome, at one time ranked as the World’s sixth-strongest woman player

1978 – The Police release their debut album “Outlandos d’Amour”

1983 – U.S. President Reagan signs into law Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1984 – Velma Barfield, who confessed to six murders, becomes the first woman executed in the U. S. since 1962

1985 – The South African government imposes severe restrictions on television, radio and newspaper coverage of unrest by both local and foreign journalists

1986 – A 12-by-16-inch ‘cell’ of a poison apple from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is purchased for $30,800

1993 – U.S. Senate calls for full disclosure of Senator Bob Packwood’s diaries in a sexual harassment probe

2001 – The animated film Monsters, Inc. opens with the highest box office for an animated film

2003 – U.S. Episcopal Church consecrates its first openly gay bishop

2009 (?) – First mention found of Traffic Directors Day * – a day to say thank you to the media people who bring us traffic reports

2010 – Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, picking up 63 seats in midterm elections, while Democrats retained a majority in the Senate; Republican governors outnumbered Democrats after gaining six states.

2013 – A U.N. resolution establishes November 2 as International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists *


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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