November 1 in Pop Culture History

November 1st History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 1st History Highlights

  • November 1 Birthday (fictional) Hello Kitty, Cartoon
  • 1993 – The European Union was established.
  • Mexico’s Day of the Dead is celebrated, honoring deceased children and infants on November 1, and honoring dead adults on November 2.
  • Movember (Nov 1 – Nov 30) begins. (website) “whatever you grow will save a bro”
  • 60 days left until the new year
  • If you were born on November 1st,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 8th (same year)

November 1st is…

All Saints Day
Author’s Day
Brush Your Teeth Day
Extra Mile Day (website)
Fountain Pen Day (link)
Liberty Day (Virgin Island, established in 1915)
Love Your Lawyer Day (established by ALPIA, American Lawyers Public Image Association)
National Author’s Day (established in 1929)
World Vegan Day (established 1994)

All Saints Day

All Saints Day has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it was not until 609 AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to commemorate the martyrs, and the Feast of the Holy Martyrs was celebrated on 1 November, then known as the “Feast of the Holy Martyrs”.

In 837 AD, Pope Gregory IV changed the name of the holiday to Feast of Saints, extended it to all the saints and changed the date to November 1. All Saints Day is also known as the “Feast of All Saints”.

Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead with passion as a day of mourning, remembrance, and commemoration of deceased family members and friends, as well as the death of a loved one. Far from being a morbid event, the Day of the Dead emphasizes the memory of past lives. The Mexican holiday is a time of celebration of death among relatives and a day of mourning for the dead.

According to tradition, the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of the children can return to their families for 24 hours. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico City between October 31 and November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November First is the day of mourning for the dead, or Dia de Los Dia Muerte, in the Aztec tradition.

It is unofficial, but a widely observed holiday. It is a holiday focused on remembering deceased family members and friends, but something unique takes place during the Day of the Dead celebrations. The Dia, sometimes called Dia de Los Fieles or Difuntos, is celebrated on the first Sunday in November.

All Saints Day has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it was not until 609 AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to commemorate the martyrs, and the Feast of the Holy Martyrs was celebrated on 1 November, then known as the “Feast of the Holy Martyrs”.

In 837 AD, Pope Gregory IV changed the name of the holiday to Feast of Saints, extended it to all the saints and changed the date to November 1. All Saints Day is also known as the “Feast of All Saints”.

November 1st Birthday Quotes

“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” -Maggie Stiefvater

Some say this world of trouble
Is the only one we need
But I’m waiting for that morning
When the new world is revealed.
Oh, when the saints go marching in,
When the saints go marching in,
Oh Lord, I want to be in that number,
When the saints go marching in!

– Lyrics, unknown author

“I’ve been called over the top. How silly. If you don’t go over the top, you can’t see what’s on the other side.”
– Jim Steinman

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.”
– Kinky Friedman

The wayfarer,
Perceiving the pathway to truth,
Was struck with astonishment.
It was thickly grown with weeds.
“Ha,” he said,
“I see that none has passed here
In a long time.”
Later he saw that each weed
Was a singular knife.
“Well,” he mumbled at last,
“Doubtless there are other roads.”
– Stephen Crane

November 1st Birthdays

1838 – 11th Dalai Lama (died in 1856)
1871 – Stephen Crane, American Author (died in 1900)
1942 – Marcia Wallace, American actress, and comedian (died in 2013)
1944 – Kinky Friedman, American Author/Songwriter
1947 – Jim Steinman, American Songwriter/Producer
1949 – David Foster, Canadian Musician
1957 – Lyle Lovett, American Musician
1960 – Tim Cook, American Businessman, current CEO of Apple Inc.
1963 – Rick Allen, English rock drummer (Def Leppard)
1964 – Sophie B. Hawkins, American Singer/Songwriter, and guitarist
1972 – Toni Collette, Australian actress
1972 – Jenny McCarthy, American actress, and model
1975 – Bo Bice, American Singer/Musician

November 1st History

1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Italy were first exhibited. He started the work in 1508.

1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastated the Dutch coast.

1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first presented.

1611 – Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was first presented

1755 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Lisbon, Portugal – an estimated 10,000-100,000 people were killed

1775 (Earthquake) Kashan, Iran -estimated 40,000 killed

1776 – Mission San Juan Capistrano was established

1834 – First published reference to poker (as a Mississippi riverboat game) Originally 20 cards were used, and the 52 card deck appeared before 1850.

1848 – In Boston, the first Medical School for Women (The Female Education Society) was founded.

1867 – Harper’s Bazaar issue #1 was published. It was America’s first fashion-oriented magazine.

1879 – Thomas Edison signed the patent application for his electric lamp (approved on January 27 1880 Patent #223,898).

1884 – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was adopted universally at a meeting of the International Meridian Conference in Washington, DC.

1896 – Zulu groom and bride (a bare-breasted woman) appeared in National Geographic Magazine. The magazine began publication in October of 1888.

1924 – First US NHL franchise, Boston Bruins was founded. The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs were the first to form and addition of the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers made the Original Six teams.

1944 – Broadway Show – Harvey (Play) November 1, 1944

1945 – First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H. Johnson. The first magazine he started was ‘The Negro Digest’ (later called Black World) in 1942.

1951 – Jet magazine founded by John H Johnson. In 1996, President Bill Clinton bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Johnson.

1952 – Operation Ivy – The United States successfully detonated the first large hydrogen bomb, codenamed “Mike” [“M” for megaton], in the Eniwetok atoll, located in the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean.

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg was published (considered pornographic at the time)

1959 – The Hockey Mask was created by player Jacques Plante

1960 – While campaigning for President of the United States, John F. Kennedy announced his idea of the Peace Corps.

1967 – Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, and Strother Martin, was released. “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

1968 – The Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system was officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X.

1969 – #1 Hit November 1, 1969 – November 7, 1969: Elvis PresleySuspicious Minds

1975 – #1 Hit November 1, 1975 – November 21, 1975: Elton JohnIsland Girl

1977 – Chiron, the farthest known asteroid was discovered by Charles Kowal. Chiron is named after the wisest of the Centaurs of Greek mythology.

1979 – Federal (US) government made a $1.5 billion loan guarantee for Chrysler. The government basically ‘cosigned’ a loan to keep the company in business.

1981 – First Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents. Prior to the use of stamps, postage was paid for by the receiver, not the sender.

1993 – The European Union was established.

1996- The original cartoon series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired its final episode. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird invented the TMNT in 1984 in comic book form.

2012 – Google’s Gmail became the world’s most popular email (Electronic mail) service. Microsoft’s Hotmail was the leader before that. Although Yahoo actually has the most registered users, it is/was not used as much as the others.

Today’s Random Trivia

  • A jiffy is 1/100 of a second
  • A nanosecond is how long it takes light to travel 0.98357106 feet
  • There are 86,400 seconds in a day.
  • A fortnight is 14 nights or two weeks
  • In The U.S., Daylight Savings Time (DST) originally began at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in April. Clocks went back
  • to standard time at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October. Thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the beginning of
  • DST changed to the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
  • GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) is where the clocks start from, kept accurate by UT (Univeral Time)
  • In a typical 365 day year, there are five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.
  • When traveling (this is approximate due to local rules) 15 degrees of longitude is an hour of time
  • A pentad is a five year period
  • A decade is ten years long
  • An indication is 15 years
  • A jubilee is fifty years
  • A century is 100 years
  • A millennium is one thousand years

More of Today’s Random Trivia

The plural of octopus is ‘octopuses’ or ‘octopodes.’ The word ‘octopi’ is actually incorrect.

Five Card Poker Odds, nothing wild: Flush – 5 cards of the same suit, 1 in 500

Eventually, we will find a planet which is perfectly habitable for us in every way but we won’t be able to get there without a good looking astronaut/actor.

The Capital of Grenada is Saint George’s

Over 40,000 negatives by John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer chronicling the Kennedy’s and JFK’s presidential career were lost on 9/11 as they were stored in a safe-deposit vault at the JP Morgan Chase bank branch at 5 World Trade Center.

TV Quotes… “What you see is what you get!” (Geraldine) on “The Flip Wilson Show”

Gary Cooper – Real Name: Francis Cooper

The richest man that drowned on the Titanic, John Jacob Astor IV, left his wife a five-million-dollar fund, the use of his mansion in New York, one of his limos, and five of his prize horses on the condition she wouldn’t remarry… she did.

New York City is farther south than Rome, Italy

Frito-Lay created an environmentally friendly 100% compostable chip bag but had to remove it from the market because people complained that it was too noisy.

The average shot length in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” is 6.7 seconds.

Every year is a smaller and smaller percentage of my life, maybe that’s why they seem to go faster and faster. #quantumthoughts

Things I Learned At The Movies

It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts – your enemies will patiently attack you one by one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.

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