November 14th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
November 14th History Highlights
November 14th is…
Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
National American Teddy Bear Day
National Pickle Day
National Spicy Guacamole Day
Operating Room Nurse Day
World Diabetes Day
National Pickle Day
National Pickle Day is celebrated on November 14th to honor all types of pickles, whether they be dill or gherkin. This day provides an opportunity for people worldwide who love these refreshing treats-including yourself! You can enjoy them as long you want during your lunch break at work today; it’s never too late (or early) when there are so many delicious options available, like cornichons with lime juice over ice cubes in warm weather years ago before we knew how great zingers would taste after eating some fresh vegetables fried in batter.
Pickles have been around since at least 200 BC. The term “pickle” comes from the Dutch word pekel, which means brine or preservation through salting and drying fruits such as cucumbers to prevent spoilage during transportation by ship on long ocean journeys across Europe – where they were first introduced into America by settlers who originally called them canshables due mainly because these types of vegetables didn’t fit well onto ships’ shelves despite being highly nutritious but also tasty when eaten fresh off one’s allotment garden plot!
Pickling cucumbers are typically small, measuring no more than six inches in length. They have thin skin that is easy to remove and are not as seedy as other types of cucumbers. Pickling cucumbers are usually sold in bags or boxes rather than loose.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and celebrate National Pickle Day with your favorite pickled snacks! And don’t forget to share your love of pickles with others by giving them a jar of their own. After all, it is the season of giving! (well, next week is)
Robert Fulton’s Steamboat
The American inventor and engineer best known for developing the first commercially successful steamboat is Robert Fulton, inventor of the Fulton Steamboat, one of the first steamboats in America. After Fulton’s steamship Clermont was built in 1807, American rivers opened up to commercial trade and passenger traffic.
With a length of about 2.5 feet and a width of 4 feet and a 15-foot diameter paddlewheel mounted on each side, the Clermont had a low draft average of about 5 miles per hour, for the 150-mile trip.
Fulton and Livingston used the Clermont for several years and eventually built more steamships and ferries to expand their business. In 1808 Fulton built an improved steamboat, which he called the “Fulton North River Steamboat” (nicknamed “Clermont”), which was 149 feet long, with paddle wheels and passenger seats. On July 1, 1809, the Fulton NorthRiver steamship began its scheduled service, carrying passengers and light cargo between New York, Albany, and the Hudson River.
Robert Fulton (1765 – 1815) deserves credit for making the steamboat a commercial success, but he was the first to make it such a strange, somewhat unfriendly ship. The idea for the steamship came from others, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Jacob Astor. A working model of a steamboat was demonstrated in 1787 by William James, one of Fulton’s co-inventors.
November 14th Birthday Quotes
“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then get elected and prove it.”
“Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren’t much smarter.”
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand as if it were necessary to understand when it is simply necessary to love.”
“I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept it without wishing I had given it away.”
“When you say the name Gilligan, you know who that is. If a show is good, if it’s written well, you should be able to erase the names of the characters saying the lines and still be able to know who said it. If you can’t do that, the show will fail.”
“If you study both ‘Gilligan’ and ‘Brady,’ you will see they are based on a similar philosophy: that it’s possible for different kinds of people to learn to live together, either in a family or stuck on an island with no escape.”
November 14th Birthdays
1719 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, died in 1787)
1765 – Robert Fulton, American inventor (Steamboat, died in 1815)
1840 – Claude Monet, French painter (died in 1926)
1900 – Aaron Copland, American composer, conductor, and educator (died in 1990)
1904 – Dick Powell, American actor, singer, director, and producer (died in 1963)
1906 – Louise Brooks, American actress, and dancer (died in 1985)
1908 – Joseph McCarthy, American captain, lawyer, and politician (died in 1957)
1916 – Sherwood Schwartz, American screenwriter, and producer (died in 2011)
1921 – Brian Keith, American actor, and director (died in 1997)
1927 – McLean Stevenson, American actor, and screenwriter (died in 1996)
1947 – P. J. O’Rourke, American political satirist and journalist
1947 – Buckwheat Zydeco, American accordion player (died in 2016)
1948 – Charles Philip Arthur George (Prince of Wales)
1954 – Yanni, Greek-American pianist, composer, and producer
1956 – Valerie Jarrett, American government official
1959 – Paul McGann, English actor (8th Doctor, Doctor Who)
1961 – D. B. Sweeney, American actor
1962 – Laura San Giacomo, American actress
1964 – Patrick Warburton, American actor, and comedian
1966 – Curt Schilling, American baseball player, and sportscaster
1972 – Josh Duhamel, American model, and actor
1975 – Travis Barker, American drummer, songwriter, and producer
November 14th History
India celebrates Children’s Day on November 14th, nine months after Valentine’s Day.
OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) was formed by Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
“My precious.” – Gollum (Andy Serkis) in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002
Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
McDonald’s is the only Irish restaurant in America that doesn’t serve beer. #dammit
We can’t find Happiness… But, we can make it.
“No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater… than central air. ” – Azrael #moviequotes
There are only three official Presidential Seals: The seal in the Oval Office, the seal in the hall by the Liberty Bell, and the seal in the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom. It took an act of Congress for Disney to be allowed to use it.
US President #29 Warren Harding (1921-1923) Many historians consider him our worst President ever. There are many stories, including this one: Warren G. Harding once lost all the White House china gambling, on one hand of cards.
My life is an open book, but I just spilled some tea on it and nowiowe wrifsjkvhbflvdhl
The Capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo
TV Quotes… “Is that your final answer?” (Regis Philbin) on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”
A group of baby Piglets is called a Litter or Farrow.
When the internet first became popular we were afraid of people from the internet finding us in real life, now we’re afraid of people in real life finding out about our lives on the internet.
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