Category: November 12

  • WORLD PNEUMONIA DAY – November 12


    On November 12th, World Pneumonia Day raises awareness for this deadly disease. It’s also a day that the world takes a stand and demands action for the fight against pneumonia.

    Pneumonia is an infection that causes the air sacs in the lungs to become filled with fluid or pus. When this occurs, oxygen levels are reduced and breathing becomes very difficult. Each year, this infectious disease claims the lives of 2.5 million people throughout the world. This number includes 672,000 children. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. One of the leading risk factors for pneumonia is air pollution. Nearly one-third of all pneumonia deaths are attributed to polluted air. Deadly air pollution not only occurs outdoors but indoors as well.

    Infants, children, and seniors over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk of dying from pneumonia. Children are more susceptible to getting pneumonia from indoor air pollution. Many developing countries cook with wood, charcoal, dung, and coal on open fires. All of these things cause indoor air pollution. Other things that pollute indoor air include tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, asbestos, paint, mold, dust, and synthetic fragrances. Causes for outdoor air pollution include exhaust from vehicles and pollutants emitted by industries.

    Pneumonia by the Numbers

    In the United States, one million people get pneumonia each year. Pneumonia causes 400,000 hospitalizations. More than 20,000 people die each year from pneumonia in the U.S. Pneumonia is much more prevalent and more deadly in poorer countries. Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia are where some of the highest death rates of pneumonia occur. In 2017, more than half of all childhood deaths from pneumonia occurred in these five countries:

    • India
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • The Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Ethiopia

    Both children and the elderly often require hospitalization when they get pneumonia. This is one reason that so many people in poorer countries die from pneumonia. These countries all have poor health care and those that live there cannot afford treatment for pneumonia. Despite the fact that pneumonia claims the life of a child every 50 seconds, it remains a neglected disease.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPneumoniaDay

    Healthcare organizations around the world hold events on this day to educate the general public about the causes of pneumonia and the dangers of this respiratory disease. Hospitals and healthcare workers urge people the get vaccinated against pneumonia. You can participate by donating to an organization that funds research for pneumonia. Learn what you can do to decrease outdoor and indoor air pollution.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldPneumoniaDay.


    A coalition of global health leaders launched the first World Pneumonia Day in 2009.




    On November 12th, warm up some au jus and celebrate National French Dip Day!

    Served up hot, tender slices of beef or pork on a French roll make up a delicious sandwich. Sometimes cheese is added. However, the key ingredients are the au jus and spicy mustard. The combination of tender beef swimming in a flavor bath of pan drippings absorbed into the crusty roll makes the French dip a decadent, multi-napkin experience everyone needs to have. And if you’ve never had one before, follow the instructions below and find one.

    When your order arrives, apply a generous helping of mustard. Next, dunk your sandwich into the au jus for 2-3 seconds. Permit the bread to soak up the delicious, au jus. Be prepared for a flavor experience when you take your first bite of a French dip!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrenchDipDay

    As always, the best way to Celebrate Every Day is to introduce a friend to a French Dip and get one for yourself, too! Be sure to take a photo and share using #NationalFrenchDipDay to share on social media. While you’re at it, show us your dunking style. Give us your best dipping tips.


    Cole’s French Dip, the originator of the French Dip sandwich, founded National French Dip Day in 2018 in honor of the 110th anniversary of their opening on November 12, 1908, in historic downtown Los Angeles.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the observance to be observed annually on November 12th.





    National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day celebrates who you are and how you get there. Take time to nurture your soul on November 12th. 

    A little chicken soup does a lot of good. It’s warm and hearty. As we cup our hands around the bowl, the heat radiates into our bodies. The steam hits our face with a comforting aroma. Similar to what chicken soup does for our bodies, the regular nurturing of our souls benefits our health. Whether you pick up a book, meditate or go for a long walk, reflect on who you are and your achievements.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ChickenSoupForTheSoulDay

    Celebrate you. Have some chicken soup and read an inspiring story. Our pages are full of them. Write an inspiring story or read one from one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Other ways to celebrate the day include:

    • Tell an inspiring story to a friend or family member. It will lift their spirits and remind them that you care about them.
    • Try a new recipe and make it a double batch. Then share it with someone who needs some cheering up.
    • Do something wholesome for yourself.
    • Listen to some soulful music.
    • Watch a movie with an uplifting message.

    While you’re celebrating National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, be sure to share it with someone else. Celebrations are always better together. Whether it’s via video chat or face to face, spread that warmth and cheer. Use #ChickenSoupForTheSoulDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this positive day. While the publisher and consumer goods company, Chicken Soup for the Soul began publishing in 1993 with its headquarters in Cos Cob, Connecticut, it did not create the day. The first book, as most subsequent titles in the series, was of true stories written by ordinary people about their own lives and soon became a best-seller. Since then, they have published approximately 250 books full of thousands of stories and inspiring all ages.

    However, the first known publication of National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day can be found in a publication called Creative Forecasting in 2002. The listing included a suggestion to read a Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a resident. This publisher creates activity lists for retirement facilities and other organizations. What began as a newsletter in 1989 has grown to a magazine and website.

    Q. Why is chicken soup so good for you?
    A. When we’re sick, there are a number of things we do that help to speed up the healing process. Chicken soup does several of those things in one, steaming hot bowl. First, it helps to replenish much-needed fluids. It also contains vital nutrients that give our bodies a boost. The ingredients are easy to digest, soo our bodies can focus on healing. The broth is usually made from boiling the chicken bones which contain other healing components that help us to repair and reduce inflammation. Last, but not least, chicken soup feels and tastes good.

    Q. How do I add flavor to my chicken soup?
    A. Besides the standard salt and pepper, herbs and spices such as parsley, onion powder, rosemary, thyme, chives, and garlic add some of the flavors. Make a homemade broth using chicken pieces or an entire carcass. All the delicious bits of flavor will be infused into the broth.


    November 12 Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The National Biscuit Company, headed by Adolphus Green, trademarks the name Nabisco.


    Commander Richard E Byrd and crew made the first flight over the South Pole.


    The Exchange National Bank in Chicago opened the first auto bank. The drive-through service was the first of its kind in the United States. Edwin B. Mayer was the first depositor to use the bank.


    Ellis Island closes its doors after serving for more than 60 years as a gateway to the United States for nearly 12 million immigrants.


    NASA’s Voyager 1 flies by Saturn. The second spacecraft to complete a fly by of the ringed planet collected an abundant amount of new data. Some of the findings included previously undiscovered moons and rings around Saturn.

    November 12 Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Letitia Christian Tyler – 1790

    The 10th First Lady of the United States, Letitia Christian Tyler was married to President John Tyler. Frail when he ascended to the presidency after the death of President William Henry Harrison in 1840, Letitia would pass away less than 18 months later.

    Margaret Corbin – 1751

    Corbin is recognized “as the first woman to take a soldier’s part in the War for Liberty.” In 1776, after following her husband into the military to provide cooking, laundry, and medical services, she took her duties one step further. When her husband was killed at the Battle of Fort Washington, she took over his cannon until she too was wounded. The Continental Congress recognized her actions with a pension worth half that of a man’s.

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton – 1815

    Stanton served as a powerful force behind the women’s suffrage movement. Her advocacy for women’s rights paved a way for greater reproductive rights, property rights and changes in divorce laws, too.

    Auguste Rodin – 1840

    The French sculptor is considered one of the greatest portraitists. Two of his most recognizable sculptures are The Thinker and The Cathedral.

    DeWitt Wallace – 1889

    In 1922, Dewitt and Lila Belle Wallace founded the Reader’s Digest.

    Grace Kelly – 1929

    After starring in several 1950s films, the actress married Prince Rainier III and became Princess of Monaco.

    Neil Young – 1945

    The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter launched his career in the heart of the 1960s, first as a solo artist and then as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield.




    National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day says to hold the fishes! Anchovy lovers move over on November 12th. All the other pizza lovers get their due and pile on their toppings. This annual pizza holiday gets the spotlight with olives, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and onions. How about mushrooms, bacon, or pineapple? Approved! Just no fishy business on this national day, or no pizza for you!

    Classified as an oily fish, Anchovies are a family of small, common salt-water forage fish. There are 144 species found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.  Anchovies are small, green fish. They have blue reflections caused by the silver longitudinal stripe, which begins at the base of the caudal fin.

    Traditionally, anchovies are processed in a salt brine and then packed in oil or salt, resulting in a strong, characteristic flavor. Optionally they may be pickled in vinegar, giving the anchovies a milder taste.

    Pizza History (sans anchovies)
    • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese. Some believe this practice is the beginning of the pizza.
    • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie. 
    • The Romans developed a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey. They then flavored it with bay leaves. 
    • The modern pizza began in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
    • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese and was produced in Naples using the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. 
    • In 1997, the United States produced an estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese annually.
    • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy. 
    • Americans love pizza. So much so, it’s one of our favorite meals. 

    Now that you know all the ways pizzas are made, just be sure to leave the fishing pole at home, because this holiday is called National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day. Understood?

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PizzaWithTheWorksExceptAnchoviesDay

    This is a great day to take your pizza making to the maximum. Other than the anchovies thing, there are no limits to the kinds of pizzas you can make. You can explore thin-crust pizzas or stuffed crust. Have you ever tried making your own hand-tossed pizza dough? Now is your chance.

    Toppings of every kind come to mind. Clean out the fridge and get to experimenting. Do you love cheese? Pile it on in every combination. Sausage and pepperoni are old standards. How about salmon, venison or crab. Is there a box of leftover udon noodles from last night in there? Try an Asian-style pizza with a hoisin sauce. It is National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day after all.

    So, make a pizza with the works in any style you like. Just leave off the fishies. If you go out for your favorite pizza with the works, be sure to give a shout-out to the restaurant and tell us what a pizza with the works means to you.

    Use #PizzaWithTheWorksExceptAnchoviesDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this uniquely fishless holiday.

    Pizza FAQ

    Q. What other types of fish top a pizza?
    A. There really isn’t a limit to the types of ingredients you put on your pizza pie. The important part is that the flavors go well together. You can always pick off the ingredients you don’t like. Shrimp, salmon, lobster, tilapia, and tuna all fit the bill when you’re building a seafood pizza. 

    Q. Which is healthier, thin or thick crust pizza?
    A. Thin crust pizza contains fewer calories than thick crust pizza. Adding extra veggies like peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and onions to the pizza increases the health benefits, too. Mushrooms and olives do, too. The cheese and meats will almost always make the calories jump but some choices are healthier than others.