Category: November 18



    On November 18th, European Antibiotic Awareness Day encourages the responsible use of antibiotics. The day also aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance.

    The invention of antibiotics is always listed as one of the greatest medical discoveries ever. People could now cure once-feared bacterial infections. In 1929, Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic. The drug became widely popular after WWII. Some statistics suggest this “miracle drug” saved an estimated 200 million lives. Penicillin is also partly responsible for the prosperity that people experienced in developed countries around this time.

    Today, there are over 100 types of antibiotics. On the one hand, it’s good news that antibiotics can cure so many different kinds of infections. On the one hand, antibiotics do effectively treat many different kinds of infections. However, on the other hand, people have become dependent on antibiotics. As a result, some people have become resistant to antibiotics. Superbugs have also made an appearance and are growing in number. These types of bacteria are highly resistant to antibiotics. The latest statistics show that 33,000 people a year die from an infection because of antibiotic resistance. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics accelerate resistance strains. Implementing solutions now will help curb the growing problem.

    Ways to Decrease Antibiotic Dependence
    • Only use antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare professional.
    • Never demand antibiotics if your doctor says you don’t need them.
    • Never share your leftover antibiotics with anyone else.
    • Prevent infections naturally by washing hands and keeping a distance from sick people.
    • Prepare food correctly.
    • Choose foods that are not made with antibiotics.

    Healthcare professionals are encouraged to do their part as well to reduce antibiotic resistance. They should only prescribe antibiotics when necessary. They should also do all they can to avoid the spread of infection in their environment and report antibiotic-resistant infections.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #EuropeanAntibioticAwarenessDay

    On this day, health care organizations and professionals throughout Europe hold events to educate the public on the proper use of antibiotics. To participate:

    • Learn the difference between viral infections and bacterial infections.
    • Research different kinds of antibiotics and the proper way to take them.
    • Watch the documentary Resistance which discusses antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
    • Learn how to prevent infections and prepare food properly.

    Also, be sure to share this day on social media with #EuropeanAntibioticAwarenessDay.


    The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control established European Antibiotic Awareness Day in 2008. They chose November 18th, as it coincides with the World Health Organization’s antibiotics awareness week. This week is held each year from November 13-19.


  • SUBSTITUTE EDUCATORS DAY – Friday Before Thanksgiving


    American Education Week wraps up recognition of teachers and administrators by recognizing Substitute Educators Day. The event occurs the Friday before Thanksgiving each year and highlights the important role substitute teachers play in education.

    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were over 500,000 substitute teachers in 2020. These educators fill the shoes of the class’s regular teacher for half a day up to several weeks. Substitutes apply to teach in a school district. They will receive notice from the district of an opening sometimes hours before they are needed. Other times, substitutes fill in for a teacher when they are scheduled to be away. A substitute often doesn’t know which subject they may be teaching from one week to the next. They are flexible and resilient educators who provide a bridge between full-time educators and their students.

    The observance aims to elevate the respect owed to substitute educators. It is also a way to advocate for substitutes at all levels of educations. The day also promotes being prepared for an absence at school and improving the receptiveness of substitute teachers.

    Substitute teachers come from every facet of life with experience in math, science, language arts, history, business, and more. Focusing on the continued progress of a classroom’s education, these teachers play a vital role in maintaining high levels of education in every school system.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SubstituteEducatorsDay

    Celebrate the substitute teachers who work at your school. Recognize their dedication and support them as they provide a bridge to your child’s education.

    • Give a shout-out to a substitute teacher you know.
    • Recommend a substitute teacher to your school.
    • Let your child’s school know how well a substitute teacher did.
    • Teach your children to respect a substitute teacher and classroom teacher.
    • While it might be difficult to do, learn the names of the substitute teachers who frequently work in your school.
    • Send a note of encouragement.
    • If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, learn the requirements in your state.
    • Share your experiences as a substitute teacher.

    Use #SubstituteEducatorsDay to give a shout-out to the excellent substitute teachers in your district.


    The National Education Association (NEA) founded Substitute Educators Day to be observed the week of American Education Week.

    Substitute Educators FAQ

    Q. How many substitute teachers are there in the United States?
    A. In 2020, there were over 500,000 substitute teachers in the United States.

    Q. Does a substitute teacher cover every academic subject?
    A. A substitute teacher may be assigned to teach any subject. They closely follow a lesson plan supplied by the classroom’s regular teacher. They have the skills to teach students following those materials.

    Q. Do substitute teachers have the same education as the classroom teacher?
    A. From state to state, the requirements for licensure, education, and certification may be different. However, some substitute teachers work in the field related to the subject, making them an ideal person to teach a class temporarily.

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    Celebrate the Princess in every girl by taking part in National Princess Day on November 18th!

    Perhaps you know a Princess who shines because of her gift of laughter, making everyone around them smile. Maybe your Princess shows her royal nature by her great acts of kindness and heart of gold. Or your Princess may be bold and confident, ready to take on every new challenge!

    Whatever our gifts, there is a Princess in each of us – even if you don’t know it yet!


    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPrincessDay

    Use #NationalPrincessDay on social media

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    The Swan Princess® was released in theatres on November 18, 1994, and introduced the beautiful Princess Odette to fans across the globe. Since then, the series has continued to grow, with the eighth movie being released in the spring of 2018, and many more adventures already being planned.

    The independent group that created the Swan Princess series continues to bring more adventures to our screens. They also provide a huge range of products featuring Odette and her beloved friends, including original animation art cells – meaning fans everywhere can have a piece of movie history!

    Seldon Young (Producer of The Swan Princess®) is passionate about the millions of fans around the world and has already revealed his ideas for an HD remake of the original movie and even a live-action version! The 25th anniversary in 2019 means you can be sure there will be even more exciting news to follow in the months to come!

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared National Princess Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

    Princess FAQ

    Q. Besides Kate Middleton, has any other American become a princess?
    A. Well, besides every daughter who wrapped herself around a parent’s pinky, the accurate answer is, yes. Probably the most recognizable name on the list is Grace Kelly. The American Oscar-winning actress married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

    Another notable American princess is Lee Bouvier – yes, that Bouvier. She was the younger sister of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy and in 1959, she married Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill. While it was her second marriage, she and the prince had two children during their 15-year marriage.

    Before Grace Kelly stole the scene, Rita Hayworth made a worthy effort at the role of princess. In 1949, she wed Prince Aly Khan, son of the Aga Khan and direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad. Though Hayworth was the first American actress to become a princess, the marriage did not last very long.

    Q. What are some of the best qualities of a princess?
    A. Princesses (and princes for that matter) come in all varieties. Some are bold and fashionable while others like to take action. One might speak eloquently and in many languages, while another prefers to listen to what others have to say. No matter what their style, they are kind and helpful.

  • NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY – Saturday Before Thanksgiving


    National Adoption Day raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care. Each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the day focuses on children waiting for permanent, loving families. Not only does the day aim to find homes, but National Adoption Day also helps the dreams of many children and families come true.

    In 2015, many courts and communities came together to finalize nearly 4,000 adoptions of children from foster care. Annually, organizations host more than 300 events during this observance. They celebrate dreams that become a reality. In total, more than 58,500 children have been adopted from foster care on this day.

    There are many reasons families and individuals choose adoptions. Sometimes they are unable to conceive. Others choose adoption simply to give a child who doesn’t have one a loving home. Many begin as foster parents. 

    When placing a child for adoption, the decision is often difficult. This emotional journey requires patience, guidance, and support. The support comes from the surrounding community, adoption organizations, social workers, child advocates, families, and friends. Placing the needs of the child first, National Adoption Day celebrates the successful collaboration that brings families together all across the nation. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAdoptionDay

    Support those on their journey of adoption. Educate yourself about adoption. If you’re considering adoption, reach out to the several organizations that guide and support families through the process. Learn about the types of adoptions. Help a family come together. 

    Explore these 7 Historical Figures Who Were Adopted.

    Celebrate with a family you know. Use #NationalAdoptionDay to post on social media.


    A Coalition of national partners including The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Children’s Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation, and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption started National Adoption Day in 2000.  In November of 2000, the sponsors worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates, and courts to complete hundreds of foster care adoptions in nine jurisdictions nationwide.

    • 2001 – 17 jurisdictions participated
    • 2002 – Casey Family Services and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute joined the National Adoption Day Coalition, helping 34 cities across the country finalize 1,350 adoptions and celebrate adoption.
    • 2003 – Courts and community organizations in more than 120 jurisdictions across the nation finalized the adoptions of 3,100 children.
    • 2004 – More than 3,400 children were adopted from foster care in 200 events in 37 states after courts and community organizations finalized the adoptions.
    • 2011 – More than 300 court and community events were held during the national observance.

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    On November 18th, Mickey Mouse Birthday commemorates the debut of a lovable mouse that was once a rabbit called Oswald. His character got his start on film on November 18, 1928, but before that, the story begins in 1927, when Walt Disney first sketched a floppy-eared bunny while under contract to Universal Studios. The events that unraveled brought us Mickey Mouse.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MickeyMouseBirthday

    Wish Mickey Mouse a Happy Birthday! Use #MickeyMouseBirthday to share on social media.

    Check out these 5 Artists Who Brought Animation to Life!


    While his creator and studio have applied several different birth dates to the lovable mouse over the years, November 18, 1928, was finalized as Mickey’s birth date with stardom. Before that, Mickey Mouse came under the roller coaster events of Oswald’s success and Universal’s disappointing contract negotiations. Disney Bros. Studio took their leave of both the studio and Oswald and set to work, creating a character who would go on to lead the company into the future.

    From a rabbit named Oswald to a mouse named Mortimer, eventually, the squeaky-voiced rodent was dubbed Mickey. He flopped in two animated short films without any success. Then on November 18, 1928, Mickey’s star was born. The first animation synchronized to music and sound effects, Steamboat Willie premiered in New York.

    Mickey Mouse Club

    Within a year, a Mickey Mouse Club popped up in Salem, Oregon. This particular club offered admission as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army. Patrons donated either a potato or a small toy and a penny as admission. According to a December 22, 1929, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) article, $12 and three truckloads of potatoes and toys were collected by eager new members.

    Remember, the stock market crashed just 20 days before Mickey Mouse was born. That a cute little mouse could bring smiles to the faces of children at an uncertain time isn’t such a surprise.

    Generally, new members joined the club by completing an admission form obtained from a local merchant and attending meetings held during matinees at local movie houses. The price of admission often was reduced for good deeds and report cards. By the end of 1930, the Mickey Mouse Clubs had spread across the country.

    New Look & Companions

    In 1935, animator Fred Moore gave Mickey a new look that enabled a more fluid movement to the animation.

    A makeover in 1935 by animator Fred Moore gave Mickey the look we are familiar with today. The big eyes, white gloves, and the pert little nose. More lovable than ever before, he propelled himself even further into the hearts of children everywhere.

    His companions Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto joined him along the way, bringing vaudevillian comedy with them.

    Mickey FAQ

    Q. When did Minnie Mouse make her debut?
    A. Incidentally, Minnie Mouse shares the same birthday as Mickey since she debuted in the same cartoon – Steamboat Willie.

    Q. What’s Mickey’s full name?
    A. Mickey’s full name is Michael Theodore “Mickey” Mouse.

    Q. What did Walt Disney do during World War I?
    A. His first job was as an ambulance driver in France. Then his abilities as an artist came to the attention of the military; Disney was making side money drawing decorations on the uniforms of service personnel. He was soon assigned the duty of camouflaging sniper helmets, trucks, and other such military equipment.




    November 18th recognizes a cold soup that is loved by many. It is National Vichyssoise Day.

    Made thick with pureed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock, Vichyssoise is traditionally served cold though sometimes is eaten hot.

    In the United States, Vichyssoise is pronounced: vish – e – swaz.

    Culinary historians debate the origin of Vichyssoise. However, the man most credited with the reinvention of the soup is French chef Louis Diat. Back in 1950, New Yorker Magazine interviewed Diat, who was the chef at the Ritz Carlton in New York City; he told them:

    “In the summer of 1917, when I had been at the Ritz seven years, I reflected upon the potato and leek soup of my childhood which my mother and grandmother used to make. I recalled how during the summer my older brother and I used to cool it off by pouring in cold milk and how delicious it was. I resolved to make something of the sort for the patrons of the Ritz.”

    Recipes have been found for soup very similar to Vichyssoise but served hot dating back as far as 1869.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVichyssoiseDay

    Enjoy this Vichyssoise recipe.

    Use #NationalVichyssoiseDay to post on social media.


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


    November 18th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    Mary McDermott gave birth to triplets weighing a total of 24 pounds (10.9 kg), the heaviest set of triplets ever born. During their lifetime, she and her husband Michael would have three sets of twins and six single babies.


    Walt Disney’s animated cartoon Steamboat Willie premiered at the Colony Theatre in New York City debuting the character Mickey Mouse.


    Vice-President Alben W. Barkley and Jane Rucker Hadley wed in St. Louis, MO. The event marks the first marriage of a vice-president while in office.


    The University of Stanford Chemist and Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling shared his findings that high doses of Vitamin C could ward off the common cold.


    The Celtic Woman set a world record with their self-title album when it spends 108 weeks on Billboards World Album’s chart from March 26, 2005, to November 18, 2006.

    November 18 Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Rose Markwood Knox – 1857

    From a $5,000 investment, she and her husband, Charles, began a gelatin business that grew into the brand name we recognize today.

    Dorothy Dix – 1861

    Considered the first syndicated advice columnist, Dorothy Dix was born Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer. Much of the journalist’s career is noted for her coverage of high profile murder cases.

    Frances Marion – 1888

    The noted screenwriter, journalist, and writer won two Academy Awards during her career. The first was for Best Writing for The Big House in 1930 and the second was for Best Story for The Champ in 1932.

    Johnny Mercer – 1909

    In 1942, the lyricist co-founded Capitol Records with Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs.

    Alan Shepard Jr. – 1923

    On May 5, 1961, aboard the Mercury Redstone-3, Alan Shepard was launched into space. The successful mission made him the first American in space. He’s also one of 12 people who have walked on the moon.

    Wilma Mankiller -1945

    In 1985, the Cherokee activist and social worker became the first woman named the Principle Chief of the modern Cherokee Nation.