Category: November 11

  • NATIONAL SUNDAE DAY – November 11


    On November 11th, National Sundae Day brings a celebration to ice cream lovers across the country. Enjoy one of every flavor and bring a friend!

    An ice cream sundae typically consists of one or two scoops of ice cream topped with syrup or sauce. The sundae is often topped with whipped cream, maraschino cherry, sprinkles, pineapple or a variety of other toppings.

    July 25 – National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

    July 7 – National Strawberry Sundae Day

    Sundae History

    While the oldest known record of an ice cream sundae is an Ithaca, NY advertisement, the originator of the dessert is still debated. The October 5, 1892 ad in the Ithaca Daily Journal spelled the ice cream treat with the conventional day of the week spelling – Sunday.

    However, Two Rivers, Wisconsin claims Druggist Edward Berners served the first ice cream sundae in 1881. According to the story, customer George Hallauer ordered an ice cream soda on a Sunday. Ordinances at the time prohibited the sale of ice cream sodas on the Sabbath. Even so, Berners came up with a compromise. He served the ice cream in a dish minus the soda.

    Additionally, he topped it with chocolate syrup. Given the day, he called it a Sundae. One interesting catch – Berners was 18 at the time the story takes place.

    Ithaca’s claim to the ice cream sundae takes place at Platt & Colt Pharmacy in 1892 where Reverend John M. Scott stops to order a bowl of ice cream. When Chester Platt, proprietor, began preparing the ice cream for his customer, he didn’t stop at just a couple of scoops of vanilla. Platt drizzled cherry syrup over the ice cream and topped them with a bright red, candied cherry. The dessert looked and tasted so delightful it required its own name. Since the day was Sunday, it was named for the day it was created. Ithaca also has historical evidence supporting the story, including an advertisement for a Cherry Sunday.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSundaeDay

    Make yourself a sundae or go out with friends and order one. Another way to celebrate is by hosting a sundae bar. Invite your friends to bring their favorite toppings and begin creating some delicious desserts! Use #NationalSundaeDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this cool and creamy celebration.

    Sundae FAQ

    Q. Is a banana split a sundae?
    A. While the banana split qualifies as a sundae, not all sundaes are banana splits. Both desserts contain ice cream, whipped cream, and a type of sauce. However, unless your dish includes a banana split lengthwise down the middle, it’s just a sundae and not a banana split.

    Q. I always run out of sauce before I finish eating my sundae. How can I make sure I have sauce on every bite of ice cream?
    A. One of the reasons we love sundaes is because we can top them with chocolate, strawberry, caramel, or any number of our favorite sauces. If you run out of sauce before you run out of ice cream, we have the perfect solution. Drizzle a couple of teaspoons of your favorite sauce into the bottom of the bowl before adding the ice cream. Then top the whole sundae with more sauce.


    November 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    President Warren G. Harding presides over the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. Sculptor Thomas Hudson Jones designed the tombstone and it is the most hallowed grave at Arlington National Cemetery.


    With a rising number of car owners across the nation, the establishment of the United States Numbered Highway System improved navigation along the nation’s highways and bi-ways. Before the numbering system, existing roads were named and maintained by trail associations with no standard from state to state or region to region.


    Jeep makes its Army debut when Willys-Overland delivers the 4×4 prototype.


    The New York Knickerbockers squared off against the Chicago Stags in their first-ever home game in Madison Square Gardens. Despite the losing 78-68, an attendance of 17,205 assured future home games for the young team in the venue.

    November 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
    John T Dorrance -1873

    In 1897, the young chemist developed a process for condensing soup. He was working for the Joseph A Campbell Preserve Company at the time, and the rest is history.

    George Patton – 1885

    The military leader served in the United States Army during both World War I and World War II. When he died in 1945 in Heidelberg, Germany, Patton was a four-star general.

    Daisy Lee Gaston – 1914

    As a journalist and civil rights activist, Bates served as a powerful voice for integration. Her activism in Little Rock, AR played a significant role in recording the resistance to integration.

    Anna Schwartz – 1915

    Schwartz’s contributed more than seventy years to economic research during her career. Throughout her career, she earned a reputation for her economic expertise and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

    Madeleine Damerment – 1917

    During World War II, Damerment served as a spy for the French Resistance. In 1943, Nazi guards captured her and held her captive for nearly a year. She was executed with three other female spies in 1944.

    Evelyn Wawryshyn – 1924

    One of the best players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League brushed off the first offer from a scout. However, six seasons later playing second base and hitting .266 brought Wawryshyn a career to remember.

  • VETERANS DAY – November 11


    Veterans Day on November 11th honors military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. The federal holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which marks World War I. These observances reflect the end of significant hostilities at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany took effect. Initially, the United States observed Armistice Day as well. However, it evolved into the current Veterans Day in 1954.

    Heroes Have Their Ways

    Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day. Veterans Day celebrates all United States military veterans. However, Memorial Day is set aside for remembering the men and women who died while serving. Additionally, Armed Forces Day recognizes the men and women currently serving in the United States military. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #VeteransDay

    Since Veterans Day is a federally designated holiday, many businesses and schools close for the day. Additionally, employers may recognize their veteran employees through special events. Throughout the day, local, state, and federal organizations host Veterans Day ceremonies. 

    Non-essential federal government offices close on this holiday, including all United States Post Offices. As a result, postal workers make no deliveries. Additionally, all federal workers receive holiday pay on Veterans Day. However, those who are required to work sometimes receive holiday pay in addition to their wages. 

    Attend a ceremony and take a veteran you know out for a meal. Organize a veteran appreciation luncheon at your work or in your community. 

    The United States Marine Corps customarily observes its birthday (November 10, 1775) and Veterans Day as a 96-hour liberty period.

    Find Veteran’s Day deals honoring veterans on our Celebration Deals page. Also, 9 Ways to Honor Veterans gives you a full list of ways to make the most of Veterans Day. Be sure to use #VeteransDay to show your appreciation and give shout-outs to those you know on social media. 

    Veterans Day Spelling

    It is grammatically acceptable to write or print the holiday as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day. However, the United States government declared the observance using the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case in the official spelling.

    Thank a veteran and use #VeteransDay to post on social media.


    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. At the time, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

     “Hunger does not breed reform, it breeds madness.” ~President Woodrow Wilson

    The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. The resolution requested that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11th with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’”

    Raymond Weeks

    In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, expressed an idea. Weeks proposed to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans who served in the U.S. military. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Then in 1947, Weeks led the first national celebration in Alabama. Annually, the country recognized its veterans until he died in 1985. President Reagan honored him at the White House in 1982. Weeks earned the Presidential Citizenship Medal as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole prepared the briefing for President Reagan, calling Weeks the “Father of Veterans Day.”


    U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.

    Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.


    Initially, the country observed Veterans Day on November 11th. However, starting in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act required the federal holiday to be moved. Congress scheduled the observance for the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, Congress moved it back to its original celebration on November 11th. While the legal holiday remains on November 11th, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will generally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.