Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
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A 48-hour moratorium on consumer spending. A celebration of simplicity, about getting our runaway consumer culture back onto a sustainable path.
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Saint Catherine is the patron saint of maidens, mechanics and philosophers.
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Nov 25, 1914 . Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder , born at Martinez, CA. In 1941 he was on the streak, getting a hit in 56 consecutive games. He was the American League MVP for three years, was the batting champion in 1939 and led the league in RBIs in both 1941 and 1948. DiMaggio was married to actress Marilyn Monroe in 1954, but they later divorced. He died at Harbour Island, FL, Mar 8, 1999.
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On 25 November 1973, a presidential order reduced the driving speed limit from 70 mph to 55 mph.
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Nov 25 – Sinkie Day. Sinkies people who occasionally dine over the kitchen sink and elsewhere are encouraged to celebrate this time-honored, casual-yet-tasteful cuisine culture. This is a particularly appropriate day to become acquainted with the sinkie style of dining. Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers provide the perfect reasons to enjoy a quick meal. Annually, the day after Thanksgiving. If it has anything to do with having a quick bite, it has everything to do with being a sinkie.
Nov 26, 1865. Lewis Carroll’s fun-house novel was published on this date. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There followed in 1871. Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Oxford lecturer in mathematics Charles L. Dodgson.
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Nov 26, 1922. Cartoonist, born at Minneapolis, MN. Created the Peanuts comic strip, which debuted on Oct 2, 1950. The strip included Charlie Brown; his sister, Sally; his dog, Snoopy; friends Linus and Lucy and a variety of other characters. Schulz’s last daily strip was published Jan 3, 2000, and his last Sunday strip was published Feb 13, 2000.
The strip ran in more than 2,500 newspapers in many countries. Schulz won the Reuben Award in both 1955 and 1964 and was named International Cartoonist of the Year in 1978. Several TV specials were spin-offs of the strip, including Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and You’re a Good Man,Charlie Brown.
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On 26 November 1789, President George Washington proclaimed that day to be celebrated as Thanksgiving Day. The next proclamation for Thanksgiving would not be until 1863 by Abraham Lincoln.
Nov 26. A day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Originated by American Express in 2010.
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Nov 27, 1942. American musician and songwriter Jimi Hendrix was born at Seattle, WA. One of the greatest rock guitarists in history, he revolutionized the guitar sound with heavy use of feedback and incredible fretwork. His success first came in England, and then he achieved fame in the US after his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967). His albums included Are You Experienced?, Electric Ladyland and Band of Gypsys. He died Sept 18, 1970, at London, England.
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Nov 29, 1948. This popular children’s show featured puppets created and handled by Burr Tillstrom and was equally popular with adults. Fran Allison was the only human on the show. Tillstroms lively and eclectic cast of characters, called the Kuklapolitans, included the bald, high-voiced Kukla, the big-toothed Oliver J. Dragon (Ollie), Fletcher Rabbit,Cecil Bill, Beulah the Witch, Colonel Crackie, Madame Ooglepuss and Dolores Dragon. Most shows were performed without scripts.
Nov 29, 1729. Americas first official record keeper. Chosen secretary of the First Continental Congress Sept 5, 1774, Thomson recorded proceedings for 15 years and delivered his journals together with tens of thousands of records to the federal government in 1789. Born at Ireland, he died Aug 16, 1824.
It was Thomson who notified George Washington of his election as president.
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The use of computers and the concern for security increase daily. This annual observance, which began in 1988, reminds people to protect their computers, programs and data at home and at work. More than 1,500 companies participate worldwide.
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Nov 30, 1929. As influential host of televisions American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987, Dick Clark helped to promote and codify rock and roll and black rhythm and blues to mainstream audiences as those sounds wound their way into the country’s psyche.
Richard Wagstaff Clark was born at Bronxville, NY. After early stops in New York radio he moved to Philadelphia, PA, where he became the host of a local music show called Bandstand. The show went national in 1957, and soon Clark was talking to every teenager in America. His easygoing style and youthful, clean-cut look became a constant in American popular culture. As the entrepreneur of a successful television production company and as the host of innumerable music shows, awards ceremonies and prime-time specials, Clark became the engaging emcee to four decades of entertainment culture. Americas Oldest Teenager died Apr 18, 2012, at Santa Monica, CA.
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Feast day of the apostle and martyr Andrew, who died about AD 60. Patron saint of Scotland.
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Nov 30, 1835. Celebrated American author, whose books include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Prince and the Pauper. Born at Florida, MO, Twain is quoted as saying, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” He did. Twain died at Redding, CT, Apr 21, 1910 (just one day after Halley’s Comet perihelion).
Nov 30, 1931. Americas favorite all-purpose cookbook was self-published on this date by Irma Rombauer (1877 1962). Rombauer was a comforting voice for cooks during the Depression, and the book grew into an institution. The first commercial edition of the book appeared in 1936, and it offered a revolutionary action format (chronologically ordered ingredients followed by instructions) now commonplace in cookbooks. The numerous editions overseen by Rombauer and later her daughter and grandson sold more than 14 million copies.
See http://www.thejoykitchen.com/ for more information.
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Nov 30, 1874. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, British statesman and the first man to be made an honorary citizen of the United States (by an act of Congress, Apr 9, 1963), was born at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England. Died Jan 24, 1965, at London, England. Dedicated to Britain andtotal victory over Germany, Churchill as minister of defense and prime minister was a strong leader during WWII. A stirring public speaker, Churchill said upon becoming prime minister in 1940, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
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Dec 1, 1891. James Naismith was a teacher of physical education at the International YMCA Training School at Springfield, MA. To create an indoor sport that could be played during the winter months, he nailed up peach baskets at opposite ends of the gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them. Thus was born the game of basketball.
Dec 1, 1941. The Director of Civilian Defense, former New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, signed a formal order creating the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a US Air Force Auxiliary. The CAP has a three-part mission: to provide an aerospace education program, a CAP cadet program and an emergency services program.
On the first day of each month, the genealogy community is urged to back up their genealogy data and all computer data.
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Dec 1, 1955. Anniversary of the arrest of Rosa Parks, at Montgomery, AL, for refusing to give up her seat and move to the back of a municipal bus. Her arrest triggered a yearlong boycott of the city bus system and led to legal actions that ended racial segregation on municipal buses throughout the southern US. The event has been called the birth of the modern civil rights movement. Rosa McCauley Parks was born at Tuskegee, AL, Feb 4, 1913.
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In 1988, the World Health Organization designated the first of December as World AIDS Day, a day to remember those lost to the AIDS pandemic.