Category: November 13

  • WORLD KINDNESS DAY – November 13


    On November 13th, as part of World Kindness Day, we are encouraged to spread kindness like an infectious cold. We want to share it more than usual because studies show when others observe kindness in action they are more likely to carry out an act of kindness, too.

    So, imagine if you head out for the day and your neighbor’s garbage can has tipped over. Instead of ignoring it and letting the wind make a mess, you pick it up and return it to the corner. Three other neighbors notice and give you a smile and a nod on their way to work.

    One of those neighbors notices a stranded driver on the side of the road on his commute to work. He remembers your thoughtfulness and offers assistance to the stranded driver. Several passersby take notice.

    At a business office, a woman struggles with a paper jam. She’s had a horrible day. The customer has been waiting, but she remembers the stranded driver she passed earlier in the day. The customer lets the office worker take her time. Anyone can have a bad day, but this prevents it from getting worse and may even make it better.

    We each have the potential to improve each others’ lives through understanding and kindness. Whether it’s a friend, family member, coworker, or stranger, our ability to show our humanity should have no limit.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldKindnessDay

    On World Kindness Day, let your compassion shine brightly. Get caught showing as much kindness as possible, too.

    For more inspiration on leading a life of kindness, Orly Wahba has written a book and her organization Life Vest Inside produced a short film called Kindness Boomerang.

    Use #WorldKindnessDay to share on social media.

    Did you know one of the simplest ways to be kind is through our words? Check out these 11 Things to Say Just Because.


    The World Kindness Movement started World Kindness Day in 1998 and has spread to 28 countries.


    November 13th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The Holland Tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey under the Hudson River officially opens to traffic. It is the first underwater tunnel in the United States designed for vehicular traffic.


    Walt Disney releases the animated musical film Fantasia. In its original release, Disney demonstrated the untapped potential of animation.


    From the 8 Mile soundtrack, Eminem releases the single “Lose Yourself.” It would become the first rap song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.


    After four years and nine months of construction, 4 World Trade Center opens to the public.

    November 13th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Robert Louis Stevenson – 1850

    The Scottish writer and poet is best known for his works Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Betty Whiting – 1925

    As a utility player, Whiting spent an amazing 9 seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. During her career, her notable abilities at first base led to a particularly successful 1952 season.

    David Green – 1941

    In 1972, the entrepreneur founded a chain of arts and craft stores by the name of Hobby Lobby.

    Scott McNealy – 1954

    The American businessman joined Binod Khosla, Bill Joy, and Andy Bechtolsheim in 1982 and founded the technology company Sun Microsystems.

    Whoopi Goldberg – 1955

    The award-winning actress and comedian currently co-hosts The View. Some of her film credits include Sister Act, The Color Purple, and Boys on the Side.




    National Indian Pudding Day recognizes a cold-weather classic. On November 13th each year, serve up this traditional New England dessert that’s sure to wow.  

    In the seventeenth century, English colonists brought hasty pudding to North America, transforming it. Although they initially made the pudding with wheat, due to a shortage of grain, the colonists eventually used cornmeal. Since the colonists had learned to cultivate maize (corn) from the indigenous peoples, the crop was readily available. The colonists derived the name for Indian pudding from their name for cornmeal – Indian meal. They also replaced the water with milk. For added flavor, cooks add either molasses or maple syrup. Other ingredients they added include cinnamon, ground ginger, butter, eggs, raisins, and nuts.

    They then slowly baked the Indian pudding for several hours. Baking transforms the pudding’s texture from the original porridge-like quality of hasty pudding to a much smoother consistency which is more typical of custard.

    • Before 1900, most American cookbooks included a recipe for Indian pudding.
    • By the 20th-century, commercial puddings with an industrially perfect creamy consistency replaced the popularity of Indian pudding.
    • The long cooking time required for Indian pudding did not appeal to 20th century home cooks.
    • However, during the autumn holidays, Indian pudding some restaurants serve the dish due to its fall traditions.
    • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream pair nicely with Indian pudding.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #IndianPuddingDay

    While Indian pudding may take a long time to cook, it’s worth the wait. Try making some Indian pudding using this Slow Cooker Indian Pudding Recipe. And when you do, be sure to take a picture and share your triumphant reward. You know others will want to join you then.

    Use #IndianPuddingDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday.

    Pudding FAQ

    Q. Are there other types of pudding celebrated on the calendar?
    A. With a resounding, “Yes!” we can confirm there are several pudding days on the calendar!

    • Plum Pudding
    • Vanilla Pudding
    • Chocolate Pudding
    • Rice Pudding
    • Yorkshire Pudding

    Q. Are puddings savory or sweet?
    A. Puddings can be either savory or sweet. They can also have different levels of sweetness. Some puddings are made with grains or bread and others are more like custard.