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November 11th History

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November 11th - Veteran's Day

Americans honor their veterans on November 11th (it was origianlly in honor of Armistice Day celebrating WWI vets., but post-WWII it was changed to Veterans Day to honor veterans from all wars) The holiday's observance was at one time moved to the fourth Monday of October in order to allow for long weekends. However, after protests by veterans groups it was moved back to November 11th in an effort to retain the importance of the holiday.

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the guards take 21 steps. It references the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. The rifle is always carried in the shoulder away from the tomb. The Tomb of the unknown soldier has been gaurded every minutes since July 2, 1937.

The 21 gun salute is sometimes given by three soldiers, each shooting 7 times, or seven soldiers shooting 3 times.

November 11th In Pop Culture History

1215 - The Fourth Lateran Council met, defining the doctrine of transubstantiation, the process by which bread and wine are, by that doctrine, said to transform into the body and blood of Christ.

1750 - The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It is the first American college fraternity.

1790 - Chrysanthemums were introduced to England from China by M. Cels (France).

1839 - The Virginia Military Institute was founded in Lexington, Virginia.

1851 - The first U.S. patent (Patent #8,509) for a telescope design was issued to Alvan Clark of Cambridge, Mass.

1864 - Sherman's March to the Sea - General William Tecumseh Sherman began burning Atlanta, Georgia to the ground in preparation for his march south.

1918 - Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into ending WW I.

1921 - President Harding dedicated the Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. It is also known as The Tomb of the Unknowns.

1926 - U.S. Route 66 was established. It has also been called The Will Rogers Highway.

1930 - Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd got the patent (#1,781,541) for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.

1935 -A record 72,395 feet was reached by Lt. Col. Albert William Stevens and Captain Orvil Anderson, by helium balloon in a sealed gondola, Explorer II.

1938 - Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) died. Fifty-one original cases of typhoid and three deaths were directly attributed to her, although she was immune to the typhoid bacillus (Salmonella typhi).

1939 - Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's God Bless America on her radio show. Irving Berlin had originally written it in 1918.

November 11, 19** Birthday (fictional) Bond, James Bond

1966 - Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren Church joined together as the United Methodist Church (USA)

1972 - Dow Jones Index moved above 1,000 for first time. It closed under 1,000 though.

1978 - #1 Hit November 11, 1978 - December 1, 1978: Donna Summer - MacArthur Park

1980 - Too Close for Comfort premiered on ABC. It was modeled after the British series Keep It in the Family'.

1982 - Star 80 was released in US theaters.

1987 - Van Gogh's Irises sold for record 53.9 million dollars at auction via Sotheby's, New York.

1989 - #1 Hit November 11, 1989 - November 24, 1989: Bad English - When I See You Smile

November 11, 19** Birthday (fictional) Dick Grayson, Batman, DC Comics

1994 - Bill Gates bought Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester for $30,800,000. It was an insightful overview on Leonardo's thoughts on a variety of topics. It was also the most expensive book or manuscript of all time.

2000 - #1 Hit November 11, 2000 - November 17, 2000: Creed - With Arms Wide Open

2004 - The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) confirmed the death of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.

2006 - #1 Hit November 11, 2006 - December 1, 2006: Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - My Love

November 11, 2011 - Geek Charming aired on The Disney Channel

November 11th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Demi Moore (1962)
George S. Patton (1885)
Leonardo DiCaprio (1974)
Jonathon Winters (1925)
Brittny Gastineau (1983)
Kurt Vonnegut Jr (1922)
Calista Flockhart (1964)
Peta Wilson (1970)
Marshall Crenshaw (1953)
Robert Ryan (1909)
Dogs have masters.
Cats have staff.
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.
-George S. Patton


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