Category: November 19

  • WORLD TOILET DAY – November 19


    Every year on November 19th, the world celebrates World Toilet Day. It’s not a day to use bathroom humor and is no laughing matter. The goal of this day is to tackle the global sanitation crisis and draw attention to those without sanitation.

    Human waste spreads deadly diseases. Toilets may seem like a mere convenience, but they save lives. Toilets provide sanitation, which is a human right. It’s nearly impossible to get out of poverty without sanitation.
    One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to provide sanitation for all by 2030. Today, 4.2 billion people throughout the world don’t have access to safely managed sanitation. This is more than half the global population. At least 2 billion people use drinking water that’s contaminated with human feces. An estimated 432,000 diarrheal deaths occur each year because of inadequate sanitation. About 670 million people around the world are forced to practice open defecation. Not only do toilets provide cleanliness, but they also help individuals maintain their dignity.

    The lack of toilets and a sanitation system makes some cities unlivable. This includes Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The city contains very few public restrooms. Most of them don’t work or are unusable. On this awareness day, many toilet-making companies try to come up with solutions for cities like Dhaka to solve their sanitation problems. A Swedish company called Separett is working on a waterless toilet solution to help people all over the world. Thanks to awareness spread by World Toilet Day, villages like Majhi in Nepal, no longer have to resort to open defecation in fields and ponds around their home.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldToiletDay

    If you’re like most people, you probably take your toilet for granted. But have you ever thought about what your life would be like without it? This is a good day to think about how different your life would be without sanitation. Another way to participate is to donate to an organization that provides sanitary toilets to households in developing countries. One such charity is Habitat for Humanity. Help spread awareness for this day by sharing on social media with #WorldToiletDay.


    The World Toilet Organization was founded on November 19th, 2001. They held their first World Toilet Summit that same day. During the summit, they established World Toilet Day. Their goal was to break the silence on the worldwide sanitation crisis. On July 24, 2013, the UN adopted a resolution called “Sanitation for All.” The UN encouraged Member States to implement policies to increase access to sanitation for the poor. The resolution also called for an end to open defecation. World Toilet Day was formally recognized as a UN day in 2013. Recent themes for World Toilet Day include:

    • 2019: Leaving No One Behind
    • 2018: When Nature Calls
    • 2017: Wastewater
    • 2016: Toilets and Jobs
    • 2015: Toilets and Nutrition




    National Play Monopoly Day on November 19th recognizes the iconic board game that lands us on Park Place, Boardwalk or even in jail.

    Known as one of the most popular board games in the world, Monopoly was originally based on a board game designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1902. Since then, the game has been played by an estimated 500 million people since 1935. 

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    The object of the game is to collect as many properties as you can to create a monopoly. When players land on your property, you get to collect rent. The more properties you own, the more money you make, too. But watch out, there are taxes and other fees involved. To win the game, you need to bankrupt your opponents and be the last landowner standing. Many families have house rules that make the game more interesting, too. 

    Monopoly also comes in numerous versions. Do you enjoy a particular book or movie franchise or hobby? The game likely comes in themes focusing on famous characters and likely scenarios. How about sports teams or pop culture? Monopoly money goes there, too!

    Monopoly was  published by Parker Brothers, an American toy and game manufacturer since 1883.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PlayMonopolyDay

    Put your banker cap on. Gather your family and friends together and play Monopoly. See if you can come out the winner. What are your house rules? How long do games last in your house or do they end up in turmoil? Use #PlayMonopolyDay to post on social media.

    We even have more board game fun in 7 Stories Behind Our Favorite Games.

    Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for even more fun ways to Celebrate Every Day!


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

    Monopoly FAQ

    Q. What were the original Monopoly playing pieces?
    A. When Parker Brothers originally published Monopoly in 1935, the game contained eight playing pieces known as tokens including a battleship, boot, cannon, thimble, top hat, and iron. Soon a race car, purse, lantern, and rocking horse were added, bringing the total to twelve.

    Q. When was the terrier added to the game?
    A. Ah, the little dog, a classic figure in the game of Monopoly was added in 1940.

    Q. If I buy a Monopoly game today, what tokens will be included in the game?
    A. As of 2017, the Monopoly board game includes the top hat, battleship, race car, dog (all introduced before 1941), cat (introduced in 2000), t-rex, penguin, and rubber ducky (all introduced in 2017).




    Unique food holidays, such as National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day, give us opportunities to break out of our everyday norms. On November 19th, explore the variety of carbonated beverages with caffeine.  

    Some people cannot have caffeine due to medical reasons, and others choose to avoid caffeine as a personal choice. Then there are the millions of people who reach for the caffeine every morning and sometimes all day long. The same applies to carbonated beverages. Today’s celebration combines the two of them.

    In 1767, Englishman Joseph Priestly suspended a bowl of distilled water above a beer vat at a local brewery in Leeds, England. His experiment led to a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide to make carbonated water. Priestly’s invention of carbonated water is the major and defining component of most soft drinks.

    Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. Ninety percent of adults in North America consume caffeine daily. Some people notice sleep disruption after drinking beverages containing caffeine. Though, others see no disturbance at all.

    Other terms for carbonated beverages include sparkling, bubbly, or effervescent. Almost any beverage can be carbonated, though not every beverage should be carbonated. Sodas are the most common caffeinated, carbonated drinks, but some makers can add some fizz to cold-brewed coffee these days. In addition, certain sparkling waters infuse flavors and add caffeine for that extra boost. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CarbonatedBeverageWithCaffeineDay

    Enjoy your favorite carbonated and caffeinated beverage. Pour it over ice for a cold and invigorating refreshment. Invite someone to join you and toast the day. Are you looking for some ways to mix up your carbonated beverage with caffeine? Well, we’ll help you out a bit then.

    • Wine and soda together are nothing new. It’s a spritzer. Only this time, you’re adding a caffeinated soda to the ice, wine, and garnish.
    • Ice cream soda is a classic cold beverage, and it comes caffeinated. So you get the caffeine and brain freeze all in one. What more could you want?
    • There is a whole lineup of rum and cola drinks. Any one of them is bound to hit the spot.
    • One name brand combines our favorite hot caffeinated beverage with our favorite carbonated one. 

    It’s the best way to Celebrate Every Day®! Use #CarbonatedBeverageWithCaffeineDay to post on social media.


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

    Carbonated & Caffeine FAQ

    Q. What is in the bubbles found in carbonated beverages?
    A. Carbonated beverages are infused with carbon dioxide. When you open a pressurized can or bottle, you release the carbon dioxide gas creating little bubbles.

    Q. Why are carbonated drinks called soft drinks?
    A. Not all soft drinks are carbonated, and not all carbonated drinks are soft drinks. The term “soft drink” refers to sweetened beverages that do not contain alcohol. The term “hard drink” refers to alcoholic beverages.


    November 19th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The Corps of Discovery led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark reaches the Pacific Ocean.


    At the request of David Wills, President Abraham Lincoln gives a brief speech at the dedication of a cemetery for soldiers in Gettysburg, VA. The speech is known today as the Gettysburg Address.


    Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures.


    The National Review publishes its first issue. The semi-monthly conservative magazine was founded by William F. Buckley Jr.


    Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean become the third and fourth humans to walk on the moon. Though not a secret mission by any means, the record of the trip is forgotten by many. Partially due to timing and partially because most of the film record of the mission was lost when the camera was destroyed. Bean accidentally pointed it toward the sun while exploring the moon. However, there are audio recordings and transcripts of the successful mission.


    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Jack Nicholson and Louis Fletcher is released. The Milos Forman-directed film is based on the novel by Ken Kesey and would win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

    November 19th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Louise Dahl-Wolfe – 1895

    The fashion and freelance photographer produced stunning color images published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, and more.

    Ted Turner – 1938

    In 1980, the media magnate co-founded Cable News Network, the first 24-hour news channel.

    Ahmad Rashad – 1949

    The wide receiver played 10 seasons in the NFL. His athletic career turned to television where he hosted several shows and also served as a sports analyst.

    Eileen Collins – 1956

    In the world of flight, Collins is a woman of many firsts. She was the Air Force’s first female flight instructor. In 1995, she became the first woman to pilot a U.S. space shuttle. In 1999, she logged another first when she became the first woman to command a shuttle mission.

    Jack Dorsey – 1976

    The entrepreneur co-founded Twitter and founded the financial payment company Square.