Category: November 02

  • ALL SOULS DAY – November 2


    Every year on November 2nd, All Souls Day commemorates baptized Christians who are believed to be in purgatory. The day is also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.

    Both All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead honor the souls of the dearly departed. However, they are not the same and there are major differences between the two. The Day of the Dead began in Mexico. This day focuses on a celebration of the departed. It’s also a day the living try to briefly reunite with their lost loved ones.

    On All Souls Day, Catholics are encouraged to pray for the souls of their loved ones. They do this because their souls might be in purgatory. This is a temporary place of punishment that sinners are waiting to be purified of their sins before ascending to heaven. The idea of purgatory came about during the Middle Ages in 1170. The teaching stems from a verse in the book of 2 Maccabees, which is included in the Catholic Bible. Roman Catholics teach that souls end up in purgatory when they are not in a perfect state of grace and communion with God when they die.

    All Souls Day is not observed by most Protestant denominations, as they do not believe in purgatory. Some protestant churches, however, such as the Anglicans observe the day by praying for the dead.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AllSoulsDay

    All Souls Day is not a Holy Day of Obligation, unlike All Saints Day where Catholics are required to attend Mass. Despite this, there are still many Roman Catholic Churches that hold special services on this day. During these services, Priests either wear black for mourning, violet for penance, or white for the hope of the resurrection.

    Other ways Catholics observe this day include:

    • Visit the resting place of the deceased.
    • Take some favorite things of the departed to their gravesite.
    • Light candles to remember the dearly departed.
    • Create an online memorial page.
    • Have a simple feast with family members.
    • Ask a priest to pray for the souls of departed loved ones.

    You can also share this day on social media with #AllSoulsDay.


    Odilo, the fifth Benedictine abbot of Cluny, established All Souls Day. Cluny was located in France and considered the most important monastery in Western Europe. Odilo had become abbot in 994. He chose the date of November 2nd as it comes directly after All Saints Day.




    Every year, November 2nd marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. The day draws attention to the low conviction rate for crimes committed against journalists on a global scale.

    Some journalists stop at nothing to report the truth. Unfortunately, reporting facts cost some journalists their lives. In the past 12 years, over 1,000 journalists have died for seeking the truth and relaying it to the public. Other journalists suffered torture, were severely injured, imprisoned, and harassed. Women reporters suffered sexual assault. Unfortunately, the punishment for people who commit crimes of violence against journalists is too lenient.

    In some cases, the offenders receive no punishment at all. Only one in ten cases committed against journalists in the last ten years has led to a conviction. This impunity leads to corruption and the covering up of human rights abuses.

    The UN condemns all attacks and violence against journalists. Additionally, the UN urges the Member States to do everything they can to prevent violence against journalists and media workers. Perpetrators need to be held accountable, and justice must prevail.


    To participate in this day:

    • Read the stories of journalists killed for doing their job on the Truth Never Dies website
    • Think about what our world would be like without people who report the news
    • Read and share the op-ed “A New Level of Audacity for Impunity and Journalist Murders”
    • Watch movies about journalism including The Insider, The Post, and Citizen Kane
    • Spread awareness of this day with #TruthNeverDies or #EndImpunity


    In 2011, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) declared November 23rd as the International Day to End Impunity. The date marked the anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre, in which 32 journalists and media workers were murdered. After extensive lobbying by IFEX and other civil society defenders of freedom of expression, the UN passed a resolution in December 2013. The resolution marked November 2nd as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The date chosen marked the death of two French journalists.


  • NATIONAL CASH BACK DAY – First Thursday in November


    National Cash Back Day on the first Thursday in November speaks to the savvy shopper in all of us. It’s one big day of exclusive offers that gives you the gift of cash back.


    Whether shopping for the perfect holiday gifts or saving for that big-ticket item for yourself, finding great deals and saving money makes a smart shopper happy. Cash Back Day takes saving to the next level. You can put money back into your wallet before the holidays, just by shopping!

    During the holidays, saving is even more critical. We have a list and a budget. Not only do we want to stick to it, but we want to celebrate with all the holiday necessities from gifts to decorations and even travel. Savvy shoppers know it’s possible to both save and wow during the holidays. That’s what National Cash Back Day is all about.

    Whether it’s gift-giving, entertaining, travel expenses, the perfect outfit for holiday card photos or treating yourself to something special, discounts can be found. Shoppers are celebrated by helping them earn cash back when they spend.


    Whether it’s when to shop, where to shop or how to shop, the tips come flooding in during this celebration and last all year long. Learn more about discounts and savings for all kinds of budgets and styles.

    Visit to find the best cash back offers. Get cash back in your wallet just in time for last-minute shopping or to spend during post-holiday sales.

    Use #CashBackDay to share on social media.


    RetailMeNot founded National Cash Back Day in 2019 to celebrate shoppers by giving them the gift of cash back. Hundreds of retailers are participating in Cash Back Day to help shoppers get a head-start on their holiday lists. With Cash Back Day, shoppers can save money early in the season and then get their payout right before the holidays for any last-minute essentials or to spend on themselves during post-holiday sales.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Cash Back Day in 2019 to be observed on the first Thursday in November annually.

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    RetailMeNot, Inc. is a leading savings destination, bringing people and the things they love together through savings with retailers, brands, restaurants and pharmacies. RetailMeNot makes everyday life more affordable through online and in-store coupon codes, cash back offers, gift card deals and the RetailMeNot Genie browser extension. Savings are also provided in consumers’ mailboxes through the RetailMeNot Everyday™ direct mail package, and at the pharmacy with RxSaver by RetailMeNot.

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  • NATIONAL OHIO DAY – November 2

    In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!


    On November 2, National Ohio Day recognizes the 17th state to join the United States known as the Buckeye State, the Mother of Modern Presidents, and the first state to enter the country from the Northwest Territory.


    Elaborate and pre-historic remains of a civilization who created mounds can still be found in parts of Ohio. By the time Europeans began to arrive on the continent, Ohio was primarily populated by Kickapoo, Erie and Shawnee.

    This Great Lakes State’s northern border includes 312 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. For Ohioans, that’s both an economic and recreational boon. It’s also a natural resource. As the 12th largest lake in the world, the consumable food and water it provides are invaluable.

    From the icy blue lakes to crystal clear sky, Ohio has been known to look to the clouds. Whether we recall the Wright Brothers for getting us there, the pilots who went there, seek out observatories to look deeper, and of course, the astronauts who go where few have gone before, Ohio keeps our heads in the clouds!

    From the cities to the countryside, Ohio feeds the eyes and the stomach. Curiosity seekers and adventurers alike will find their place. History buffs and collectors, it’s all here.


    Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Ohio’s incredible history and grand adventures. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Ohio has to offer! Use #NationalOhioDay to share on social media.

    National Ohio Day
    Cleveland Museum of Art

    For a complete list of Ohio State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit 
    and  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below. 

    First Ladies – Canton

    Dayton Aviation Heritage – Dayton

    Buckeye Lake – Millersport

    Delaware State Park – Delaware

    Independence Dam – Defiance

    Marblehead Lighthouse – Marblehead

    Mohican State Park – Loudonville


    Pro Football Hall of Fame – Canton

    Toledo Art Museum – Toledo

    Cleveland Museum of Natural History – Cleveland

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame– Cleveland

    Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – Dayton

    Armstrong Air and Space Museum – Wapakoneta

    Warren Rupp Observatory – Bellville

    Motorcycle Hall of Fame – Pinkerton

    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Cincinnati

    Ohio History Center – Columbus

    American Sign Museum – Cincinnati

    The Great Serpent Mound – Hillsboro

    A Christmas Story House and Museum – Cleveland

    Topiary Park – Columbus

    West Side Market – Cleveland

    Ohio Flavor

    Loveland Castle – Loveland

    A pivotal Shawnee political leader and chief during the early 1800s, Tecumseh founded the settlement of Prophetstown along the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers in Northern Indiana in 1808 along with his brother, the Prophet. Building a movement to regain lost lands, Tecumseh suffered losses when military forces destroyed Prophetstown and again following the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811. After joining forces with the British during the War of 1812, Tecumseh perished during battle in Canada.

    The 18th president of the United States served as the commanding general of the Union Armies during the American Civil War. The youngest president the country had seen, his two terms from 1869 to 1877 placed him in charge of overseeing much of Reconstruction.

    A graduate of West Point, George Armstrong Custer would be most noted in history books for leading his troops into the deadly Battle of the Little Big Horn in the Montana Territory without reinforcements in 1876.  More than 200 men, including Custer, perish in the onslaught against the Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne.
    Baseball’s winningest pitcher, Cy Young garnered 511 wins during his career. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, Young spent most of his time on the mound in Cleveland and Boston but played for five different Major League teams.

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick created the Cy Young Award in 1956 after Young’s death to recognize the single best pitcher in baseball annually. Following Frick’s retirement in 1967, one pitcher in the American and the National Leagues earned a Cy Young Award annually.
    Phoebe Anne Moses taught herself to shoot game after the death of her father to help feed her family.

    Her sharpshooting skills caught the eye of Frank Butler in 1875 when she visited her sister in Cincinnati. She and Butler married and in 1885 joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. They performed around the United States and London. The Wild West show later made it to film thanks to another native Ohioan, Thomas Edison.
    From a young age, Orville Wright and his brother, Wilbur, developed a fascination with flight. Inspired by a rubber band propelled helicopter created by inventor, Alphonse Penaud, the brothers would dedicate their lives to invention. They first found success manufacturing bicycles including the Van Cleve and St. Clair.

    They never lost interest in flight and continued to develop designs. By 1902, the future aviators were making progress with their gliders and nearing a successful mechanical flight. They sold their bicycle business and on December 17, 1903, achieved their goal.
    Known as The Wizard of Menlo Park, Thomas Edison received more than 1000 patents during his lifetime. The phonograph and bringing light to the masses (he didn’t invent the light bulb, but he did make it possible for it to be installed in the ordinary person’s home) are some of his most significant achievements.

    Edison’s ability to see opportunities and innovate made him an outstanding self-promoter. He didn’t let failure stop him as his interests were varied, and he often had many projects in development at once. Often the development of one device would lead to inspiration for another.

    The 27th president of the United States was more than a politician. After serving his presidential term, Taft continued his distinguished law career and became the 10th chief justice of the United States. In 1911, during his presidential term, he also proposed an idea that became known as the Chamber of Commerce.

    Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock successfully finished a solo flight around the Earth on April 17, 1964. She was the first woman to accomplish such a feat.

    Mock departed on March 19 from Columbus, Ohio at 9:31 AM in her 1953 Cessna 180 single-engine monoplane named The Spirit of Columbus. The entire trip took her 29 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes.  She landed at Port Columbus airport on April 17 at 9:36 PM.

    Mock wasn’t the only woman circling the globe at that time.  Australian Joan Smith also took to the clouds for the title of ” the first woman to circumnavigate the globe,” but Mock beat her to it.

    NASA Astronaut, James Lovell, flew four missions to space including as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission successfully returning the damaged Lunar Module and all on board safely back to Earth.

    After pursuing an education in literature at Howard and Cornell Universities, Toni Morrison was both a teacher and an editor before being published. A Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-Winning novelist, Morrison is best known for her novels Sula, Song of Solomon, and Beloved to name just a few.

    Our ability to look farther into and more clearly at the objects in space can be partly credited to George Carruthers. His UV telescope alone made it possible for scientists to capture images in space and examine the Earth’s atmosphere like never before.

    Master of the big screen, Steven Spielberg has been intriguing audiences for more than five decades. From epic dramas to fantastic adventures, Spielberg thrills and excites his fans and keeps them coming back for more. At the same time, he keeps them wondering what’s next.
    Gloria Steinem began her path to activism through freelance writing. Known for expose on New York City’s Playboy Club and launching magazines focusing on significant women’s topics while garnering criticism along the way.

  • NATIONAL MEN MAKE DINNER DAY – First Thursday in November

    National Men Make Dinner Day | First Thursday in November
    National Men Make Dinner Day | First Thursday in November


    National Men Make Dinner Day on the first Thursday in November places the man of the house in charge of the kitchen and the evening’s meal. 


    Some men like to cook and do so on a regular basis. To those men, kudos to you! You can submit your favorite recipe on the National Men Make Dinner website. 

    This day was created for the men who do not know their way around the kitchen and are not familiar with cooking appliances, as well as for the women in their lives who need a break.

    Men need to be aware that there is a list of rules that must be followed, some of which include:

    • The main meal must include a minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork.
    • The man does the shopping for all the necessary ingredients.
    • Clean up as you go.
    • Aprons are optional.

    For a list of complete rules, see National Men Make Dinner website.


    Have the men in the house prepare a meal and use #MenMakeDinnerDay to post on social media. That’s not the only way to celebrate, though. Check out these ideas!

    • Invite your children into the kitchen and give them all the skills they need to survive in the kitchen.
    • Watch cooking shows with your man so you both can be inspired.
    • Create a menu for the week with your family that everyone can agree on.

    If you think men don’t make dinner very often, check out the two on this list of 5 Notable Chefs Worth Checking Out.


    Sandy Sharkey created National Men Make Dinner Day in 2001.

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  • NATIONAL BROADCAST TRAFFIC PROFESSIONAL’S DAY – November 2 (unless on weekend, then on following Monday)


    National Broadcast Traffic Professional’s Day honors those in radio and television traffic departments. Each year, the observance takes place on November 2nd, unless that day falls on a weekend. Then it is observed on the following Monday. 


    Broadcast traffic professionals schedule and work diligently with programs, announcements, and much more, on our nation’s broadcast stations. These experts ensure that listeners get the daily dose of their favorite programs but that their commercial supporters get the air time they paid for. 

    When is National Radio Day?

    The first commercial broadcast took place on KDKA radio out of Pittsburgh, PA on November 2, 1920. Also known as National Traffic Directors Day or National Traffic Professional’s Day, the day honors the thousands of professional directors who have worked behind the scenes keeping the entertainment, talk shows, news, and commercials flowing. Through breaking news alerts, stormy weather, budgets, and differing personalities, these men and women maintain program development.


    While you’re listening to your favorite broadcasts, be sure to thank a traffic director. If you work in the broadcast business, be sure to recognize the traffic professionals that keep the shows running smoothly. Give them a shout-out using #TrafficProfessionalsDay to post on social media.


    While our research did not reveal the founder of National Broadcast Traffic Professional’s Day, the day commemorates the first commercial broadcast in the United States on November 2, 1920.  Also, the Traffic Directors Guild of America is a strong supporter of this annual celebration and recognizes traffic directors and their over 30 titles that are acknowledged in the business.

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    National Deviled Egg Day features a favorite hors-d’oeuvre or side dish for parties, holidays, family reunions and potluck dinners. Deviled eggs shine as the star of the show each year on November 2nd.


    This well-loved food wows guests during the holidays. Designers have even created specially designed carrying dishes and plates just so you can deliver your deviled eggs safely and in style. The deli section of the grocery store prepares packaged deviled eggs. They can even be found in some convenience stores, too.

    Other names for this devilish dish include eggs mimosa, stuffed egg, salad eggs, or dressed egg. To make them, shell hard-boiled eggs, cut them in half, and scoop out the yolk. The yolk is mixed with other ingredients such as mayonnaise and mustard and then added back into the white. The possibilities are endless!

    Eggs are quite versatile when it comes to making simple dishes elegant. The deviled egg is another example of taking the humble egg and transforming it with one or two simple ingredients. The final result steals the show. Colorful relishes, spicy peppers, pimentos or savory herbs, elevate deviled eggs to a spectacular and tasty morsel. Additionally, the variety offers entirely new flavor profiles demonstrating just how delicious this family favorite can be.

    Adding Variety

    Other approaches make them a little more creamy with sour cream. Do you like things a little more tart? Try adding vinegar to the filling. Depending on how you make them, it may be possible to satisfy just about every palate. From the traditional paprika garnish to crunchy bacon, or a little caviar, anchovy or herring, there is some devilish experimenting any cook can do.

    The first known print reference referring to the term “deviled” about food, appeared in 1786. By the 19th century, devilish referred to spicy or zesty food. The term also applied to eggs prepared with mustard, pepper, or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.


    Make up your favorite recipe or try something new. Try a fancy recipe. Serve them for guests or just for you. Surprise your family with several kinds of deviled eggs to choose from.

    Enjoy this Basic Deviled Eggs recipe.

    Use #DeviledEggDay to post on social media.

    How to mix up your deviled egg ways:

    • Swap out your regular paprika for smoked paprika. You’ll be surprised by the difference.
    • Add garlic to the mixture.
    • Substitute the mayo for avocado and lime. Not only will your deviled eggs be tasty, they’ll be pretty, too.
    • Top your deviled eggs with bacon and chopped tomatoes and chives.

    Do you need more devilish ways to celebrate the egg? Well, read Eggs 11 Ways for more fun ideas.


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


    November 2nd Celebrated History


    For several reasons, the 1920 election is notable. Thanks to the passing of the 19th amendment, women voted in a presidential election for the first time. Of the 100 signers of the Declaration of Sentiments at the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention, only one lived to see the day – Charlotte Woodward Pierce.

    The voters elected Warren G. Harding as president.

    The KDKA radio station in Pittsburgh becomes one of the first to broadcast voting returns.


    At a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Akron, OH, Dupont announced the development of synthetic rubber. Notre Dame priest, Rev Julius Arthur Nieuwland, is credited with the discovery of the process. Synthetic rubber is more elastic, flexible, and heat and cold tolerant than natural rubber. The discovery improved options for many products throughout industry.


    For the first and only time, Howard Hughes pilots the Spruce Goose on its only flight. Designated the H-4, the entirely wooden plane was larger than any other aircraft at the time. Hughes piloted the plane for one minute. He reached an altitude of 70 feet and flew for just over one mile.


    Harry S. Truman wins re-election in an upset against Thomas E. Dewey. Pollsters were so certain of Dewey’s win that the Chicago Daily Tribune published its paper with the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman!”


    American William Shepherd and Russians Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko become the first International Space Station residents when their Soyuz spacecraft links up.

    November 2nd Celebrated Birthdays

    Daniel Boone – 1734

    The American frontiersman became one of the country’s first legendary folk heroes. He was an explorer and pioneer who blazed trails followed by thousands of settlers.

    James Knox Polk – 1795

    James Polk was the 11th United States president. He ran on the Manifest Destiny platform and served one term. Before being elected president, Polk served as Speaker of the House.

    Warren G. Harding – 1865

    The former newspaper publisher was elected as the 29th President of the United States. During his short tenure, Harding and Congress made a lot of progress. However, in 1923, Harding suffered a heart attack and died.

    Amar Bose – 1929

    The engineer’s research into hi-fi sound led him to launch the Bose Corporation in 1964.

    Rose Bird – 1936

    The jurist was the first woman named Justice and the first woman Chief Justice in the United States.

    Willie McGee – 1958

    Throughout his 18 seasons playing in the MLB, the four-time All-Star earned two batting titles and three Gold Gloves Awards. McGee also helped win the 1982 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

    k.d. lang – 1961

    The award-winning singer-songwriter is best known for her hits “Constant Craving” and “Wonderful World.”

    David Schwimmer – 1966

    The Emmy Award-nominated actor rose to fame as Dr. Ross Geller in the ensemble comedy series Friends.