ON THIS DAY: November 30, 2017

November 30th is

Cities for Life Day *

Computer Security Day *

Mason Jar Day *

Mousse Day

National Meth Awareness Day *


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Islam –Mawleed al-Nabi/Mawlid En Nabaoui Echarif/The Prophet’s Birthday

Barbados – Independence Day

Bolivia – Taquiña: 
San Andrés Festival

Philippines – Araw ni Bonifacio
(birth of Andrés Bonifacio)

Romania – Sfânful Andrei
(Saint Andrew, protector of Romania)

Scotland – St. Andrew’s Day
(patron saint of Scotland)

Yemen – Independence Day


On This Day in HISTORY

3340 BC – Earliest known record of a solar eclipse, in Ireland

1485 – Veronica Gambara born, Italian political leader and poet; when her husband the Count of Correggio died in 1518, she took over running the city-state, including the condottieri (the military), and turned her court into a salon, drawing important Renaissance thinkers and artists; when the city was attacked in 1538 by the forces of Galeotto Pico II, she organized a successful defense, then oversaw improving the fortifications; 80 of her poems and 150 of her letters have survived

1508 – Andrea Palladio born, influential Italian architect; the Pallidian style of architecture is named for him

1667 – Jonathan Swift born, Irish satirist and essayist, Gulliver’s Travels

1782 – The Treaty of Paris, officially ending the Revolutionary War, is signed by representatives of English King George III and the American delegation: John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin. In the treaty, Britain acknowledges the United States of America to be free, sovereign and independent, and relinquishes all claims; the boundaries of the new nation are established; U.S. fishermen are granted fishing rights in the Grand Banks and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence; lawful debts to creditors of either side are to be paid; Congress will “earnestly recommend” that state legislatures  recognize the rightful owners of all confiscated lands, provide for restitution to British subjects, and cease from additional confiscations; all prisoners of war will be released; Great Britain and the U.S. will both have perpetual access to the Mississippi River; any territories captured by the U.S. after the date the treaty is signed will be returned; and ratification of the treaty is to occur within six months of signing. The British delegation refuses to pose for Benjamin West’s painting of the signing, and it is never finished

1786 – The Grand Duchy of Tuscany, under Pietro Leopoldo I, becomes the first modern civil state to abolish the death penalty – commemorated as Cities for Life Day *

1803 – Spain completes the process of ceding Louisiana to France 

1804 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase is impeached by the House of Representatives, accused of political bias. He is later acquitted by the Senate

1813 – Louise-Victorine Choquet Ackermann born, French poet and author; Poésies, premières poésies, poésies philosophiques is her most noted work

1829 – In Canada, the first Welland Canal trial run, five years to the day from breaking ground. The canal connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, bypassing Niagara Falls, and forming a key section of the Saint Lawrence Seaway

Opening the First Welland Canal by J.D. Kelly

1835 – Mark Twain born as Samuel Clemens, celebrated American novelist and humorist; Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer

1838 – Three days after the French occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico declares war on France 

1858 – Mason Jar Day * – John Landis Mason, a tinsmith, patents the Mason Jar’s distinctive metal screw-top, lid and rubber gasket, making home canning much safer

1873 – Božena Benešová born, Czech author, poet and playwright, considered at the forefront of psychological prose; known for the Úder trilogy and Don Pablo, Don Pedro and Věra Lukášová

1874 – Winston Churchill born, English statesman and writer, British Prime Minister during WWII, Noble Prize laureate

1874 – Lucy Maud Montgomery born, English-Canadian author; best remembered for her Anne of Green Gables series

1886 – The Folies Bergère stages its first revue

1900 – Mary Lasker born, health activist, worked with the Birth Control Federation of America (renamed Planned Parenthood 1942); also lobbied for federal funding for the National Cancer Institute and National Heart Institute

1916 – Costa Rica signs the Buenos Aires Convention, a copyright treaty

1919 – Jane C. Wright born, American surgeon and pioneer in cancer research, who developed a technique of using human tissue culture to test potential drugs on cancer cells, and was first to use methotrexate in the treatment of breast and skin cancer; combined with other treatments, this extended the average lifespan of patients by ten years; one of the founders of the American Society of Clinical Oncology; first woman president of the New York Cancer Society

1924 – Shirley Chisholm born, the first African-American Congresswoman, (D-NY, 1969-83), and first woman/first African-American Democratic presidential nominee, received 151 delegate votes at the 1972 Democratic Convention

1928 – Takako Doi born, Japanese politician; first woman Speaker of Japan’s Lower House, to date the highest position held by a female Japanese politician in the country’s modern history; leader of the Japanese Social Democratic Party (1986-1991); recruited young women with grass-roots activist backgrounds to bring more Japanese women into politics

1929 – Dick Clark born, American Bandstand producer and host

1929 – Joan Ganz Cooney born, American screenwriter and producer; co-creator of Sesame Street

1934 – The ‘Flying Scotsman’ becomes the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph

1936 – In London’s Hyde Park, the Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, is destroyed by fire

The Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London, in 1851 – © RIBA Library Drawings

1947 – David Mamet born, American playwright-screenwriter-director;  American Buffalo

1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, U.S., the Hodges meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap; this is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space

1955 – Billy Idol born, English singer-songwriter

1962 – U Thant of Burma is elected as the third UN Secretary-General (1961-1971), succeeding Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden, who was killed in a plane crash

1965 – The state government of Colorado declares this day to be ‘Rolling Stones Day’

1966 – Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom

1967 – The People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen becomes independent from the UK

1968 – Sly & The Family Stone release “Everyday People”

1970 – George Harrison releases his triple album All Things Must Pass in the UK

1971 – Iran seizes the Greater and Lesser Tunbs, islands in the Persian Gulf, from the United Arab Emirates; they are still disputed territory between Iran and UAR

1979 – The Pink Floyd concept double album, The Wall, is released

1981 – In Geneva, representatives from the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe; the meetings will end inconclusively on December 17

1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller, is released worldwide, becoming the best-selling record album in history

1988 – The first Computer Security Day * is started by ACS, the Association for Computer Security; about 15% of U.S. households own PCs (roughly 45 million personal computers – MS-DOS 4.01 is released in November), but Apple II, Macintosh, Commodore 64, Atari ST and Amiga are also popular home computers

1989 – Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a Red Army Faction terrorist bomb

1993 – President Clinton signs the Brady Bill into law, requiring a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases, and background checks on prospective buyers

1995 – President Bill Clinton visits Northern Ireland, the first sitting U.S> President to do so. He speaks in favor of the “Northern Ireland peace process” to a huge rally at Belfast City Hall, and calls terrorists “yesterday’s men”

1998 – Exxon and Mobil sign a US $73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world’s largest company

1999 – The ‘Battle of Seattle’ takes place in the state of Washington; a World Trade Organization meeting of 135 nations is disrupted by massive demonstrations of anti-globalization protesters, catching police unprepared, and forcing the cancellation of opening ceremonies

2005 – John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York

2006 – President George W. Bush signs the proclamation for the first National Methamphetamine Awareness Day *

2010 – Pentagon leaders call for scrapping the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban after releasing a survey about the prospect of openly gay troops



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3 Responses to ON THIS DAY: November 30, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    I always thought “Don’t ask don’t tell” was a remarkably mock-able phrase.
    Without regard to the given or understood meaning, I used to wish we had laws for:
    “Don’t even start with me”; “Don’t go there”; “Don’t bother with the citations”; “Oh Puh-leeeeeeeez!” and my personal favorite: “Just shut up OK?”

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi Malisha –

      LOL – good choices!

      I’ve always thought “Don’t ask don’t tell” was a terrible idea – it gave no protection whatsoever to LGBTQ people serving in the military – their vulnerability to blackmail that could make them a security risk remained, and the military was still obligated to act against anyone who was ‘outed’ so matter how distinguished their service record.

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