Category: November 28

  • RED PLANET DAY – November 28


    Every year on November 28th, Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of Spacecraft Mariner 4. It’s also a day to learn more about Mars, which is referred to as the red planet.

    After 3 previous attempts, Spacecraft Mariner 4 became the first successful flyby of Mars. The spacecraft was launched on November 28, 1964, and reached Mars on July 14, 1965. The successful mission produced 22 pictures of the Martian surface. These pictures were the first-ever close-up photos to come from deep space. This mission, along with several others that occurred afterward, has helped us learn much about the red planet.

    Here are some more interesting facts about this planet:

    • It’s the iron oxide on the planet’s surface that makes it red
    • Mars is half the size of Earth but it’s still the fourth largest planet.
    • The minimum distance from Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles.
    • It’s the fourth planet from the sun.
    • Deimos and Phobos are the names of the two moons on Mars.
    • The temperature range is between -191 to 81 degrees F.
    • The atmosphere is thin and is mostly made up of carbon dioxide.
    • Mars boasts the highest mountain is our solar system and it’s 3 times the height of Mount Everest.
    • One year on Mars is 687 Earth days.
    • In 2018, scientists found evidence of a lake under a polar ice cap on Mars.

    One more amazing fact is that due to the difference in gravity, a 100-pound man would only weigh 38 pounds on Mars. It’s no wonder so many people want to go to Mars! In fact, NASA wants to send humans to Mars as early as 2030.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #RedPlanetDay

    Science centers, planetariums, and schools hold various events on this day to help people learn more about Mars. To participate:

    • Look for Mars in the night sky by looking low in the western sky just after sunset.
    • Read about Mars online and look up videos about the red planet.
    • Watch movies that feature Mars, such as The Martian, The Last Days on Mars, Total Recall, and Mission to Mars.
    • Build a model of the solar system with your kids.
    • Learn more about Spacecraft Mariner 4.

    Share this day on social media with #RedPlanetDay.


    It’s unknown when Red Planet Day began. It is observed every year on November 28th, to commemorate the launch date of Spacecraft Mariner 4.


  • NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING – #GIVINGTUESDAY – Tuesday after Thanksgiving


    National Day of Giving encourages giving back. It takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

    We’ve just spent the weekend shopping and searching for the best possible deals. National Day Of Giving reminds us to give to those in need. Whether we look to our favorite causes or charities, it is a great reminder to lift others up during a generous time of year. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GivingTuesday

    Quite simply, take advantage of all the holiday deals to add to your charitable giving. Combined with your family, friends, local and national organizations, and through the power of social media, Day of Giving can become a tradition worth passing on.

    Try these ways to give: 

    • Set up a collection for non-perishable food at work. Deliver the collection to a local food pantry.
    • Donate gift cards to a shelter.
    • Collect new toys and donate them to children spending the holidays in the hospital.
    • Make blankets for those receiving cancer treatment.

    Also on this #GivingTuesday, Nashville’s Rick Monroe shares the single “God’s Ear” as a special message.

    God's Ear, Rick Monroe, music, song, Giving Tuesday

    Share your giving ideas and us#GivingTuesday to post on social media.


    In 2012, 92nd Street Y in New York City created Day of Giving to bring focus to the charitable season in the wake of the commercialized Black Friday and Cyber Monday. More commonly referred to as #GivingTuesday, National Day of Giving harnesses the power of social media to give back around the world and throughout the year.

    Giving FAQ

    Q. My budget is tight this year, but I still want to contribute. What are some great ways to give on a budget?
    A. That’s the spirit! Generous people look for ways to give, even when they cannot afford to do so. Here are some great ways to be giving when you’re on a budget.

    • Put your talent to work. Do you bake or create? Donate a class or an item to a fundraiser.
    • Use your muscles. Help a neighbor rake leaves or fix a door.
    • Run errands. Whether it’s for a charity or someone in your neighborhood, your efforts will help.
    • Can you give a $1? It may not seem like a big deal, but charities have figured out how to do a lot with a dollar. So if you can spare $1, give that.

    Q. How do I choose where I give?
    A. You want your donation to have the biggest impact. A couple of websites provide evaluations of charities to help you navigate the thousands upon thousands of charitable organizations. Some of them include:

    • BBB Wise Giving Alliance
    • Charity Navigator
    • CharityWatch
    • GuideStar

    Another way to make sure your donation is used to its best advantage, give locally. The money you give goes to support local causes such as shelters, youth programs, and health programs.

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    Each year on November 28th, people across the United States enjoy National French Toast Day. Also known as eggy bread or omelet bread, it makes a great breakfast for guests or part of a brunch.  

    Home cooks and professionals alike whip up a few personal favorites when it comes to french toast recipes. The base consists of eggs and milk whisked together. Bread is dipped into the mixture and fried until golden. Many people also add some sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to the base.

    The flavor of French toast can be brightened with a squeeze of fresh orange or stuffed with sauteed apples and cinnamon. Make French toast kid-friendly by cutting it into sticks. Then dip the sticks into syrup. Substitute sugary syrup with a fruit puree and fresh fruit pieces. Nuts and seeds add crunch to this delicious breakfast fare, and don’t forget the whipped cream! Just a dollop goes a long way.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrenchToastDay

    Make French toast as part of a big breakfast. Freeze leftovers for easy breakfasts later in the week. Have breakfast for dinner. Share your favorite French toast recipes. Do you love cinnamon and vanilla? What’s the best fruit toppings? Add apple butter or another jam. Share your favorite combinations using #NationalFrenchToastDay to post on social media.

    Give these recipes a try:

    French Toast Sticks

    French Toast
    Apple Stuffed French Toast


    Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National French Toast Day.

    French Toast FAQ

    Q. How do I get the edges of my French toast crispy?
    A. Perfect French toast puffs up a bit and has a slightly crispy exterior. If your French toast leans more toward the soggy side, try these tips for firmer, crispier French toast.

    1. Set your bread out the night before and let it go stale. Stale bread holds up better than fresh when you’re making French toast.
    2. Don’t use too much dairy. Sometimes we get pour happy and overdo the amount of milk we use.
    3. Add something sweet to the egg and milk mixture like a squeeze of orange juice or a little sugar. When the sugar caramelizes, it will add a crispy texture to the edges of your French toast.
    4. Make sure your skillet or griddle is hot enough but not too hot. The sweet spot will depend on the oil you’re using, but it’s usually between medium and medium-high heat.

    Q. What is French toast called in other parts of the world?
    A. The term “French toast” is primarily used in the United States. However, similar dishes served in the rest of the world go by a variety of names including:

    Poor knights (arme riddere) – Denmark, Norway, and Germany
    Bombay toast – India
    Eggy bread or Gypsy toast – United Kingdom
    Lost bread (pain perdu) – France and New Orleans


    November 28th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    Sadie Allen becomes the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She joined George Hazlett in the same barrel he had taken over the rapids on August 8th with William Potts. Weighted with 500 pounds of sand, the pair were towed to the center of the stream and set loose. When they were fished from the river an hour later, battered, bruised and Sadie’s stomach emptied, but alive.


    J. Frank Duryea wins the first automobile race in the United States. The roundtrip journey from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, Illinois took the winner just over 10 hours to complete through snowy weather. A total of six competitors entered the race hosted by the Chicago Times-Herald.


    RAF Capt. Cyril Turner demonstrated the first skywriting for the purposes of advertising in the United States over New York City. Utilizing the invention of Major Jack Savage of London, his message spelled out, “Hello, U.S.A. Call Vanderbilt 7200.” The phone number was for a hotel.


    The Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting on WSM out of Nashville, Tennessee. The broadcast features live musical performances and is a cornerstone of country music today.


    While studying at Cambridge University, astronomer Jocelyn Bell and her advisor Antony Hewish discovered the first pulsing signal source which is now known as pulsars.

    November 28th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Helen Magill White – 1853

    She became the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. Magill completed her Ph.D. in 1877 at Boston University.

    Elsie Quarterman – 1910

    The ecologist and conservationist is best known for her concerted efforts with the Tennessee cedar glades, including the noted rediscovery of the Tennessee coneflower.

    Berry Gordy, Jr. – 1929

    In 1959, Gordy launched Motown Records creating one of the most legendary record labels in the country.

    Jon Stewart – 1962

    The comedian and political commentator is best known for his hosting The Daily Show on Comedy Central for 16 years.

  • CYBER MONDAY – Monday After Thanksgiving


    Cyber Monday is the Internet’s answer to Black Friday deals. The official observance takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving.

    While Internet-based companies traditionally offered their best holiday shopping on Cyber Monday to compete with Black Friday deals in brick and mortar stores, things have been changing. However, in more recent years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals tend to run together. Some start as early as the week of Thanksgiving and run right through the holiday season. But don’t neglect online deals. There may still be savings to be had. 

    In 2014, Monday after Thanksgiving online sales continued to trend upward with 15.4% increase in revenue from 2013 sales, making it the biggest, online shopping day in history. In 2014 Americans spent an average of $124 per order on Cyber Monday.

    Social media also ramps up advertising opportunities, bringing potential shoppers to retailers’ online stores. Cyber shopping is expected to be up again this year with a predicted 3 billion in sales.

    Purchases on mobile devices also have increased, adding to the convenience of Cyber shopping for the holidays. No longer do you have to be strapped to your PC or Mac in order to make an online purchase. Purchases can now be made on the train during a morning commute while waiting for a doctor’s appointment or during a lunch break.

    Some of the most popular online purchases are likely to be tech items, especially wearable technology as well as traditional small appliances, clothing, gift cards, and digital media.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CyberMonday

    When it comes to holiday shopping, we all want to get the best deals on the best gifts. While we’re on the internet, it’s important to be safe while we’re being savvy shoppers, too.

    • Make your list early and stick to it. This will also help you to stay on budget.
    • Stick to trusted websites and be wary of spam, scams, and spoofed sites.
    • Shop local websites. Many small businesses also participate in Cyber Monday. You may find a deal you didn’t expect.
    • Check your favorite retailer’s social media feeds for the best deals.
    • Maximize your savings by using the card with the best points.
    • When all the shopping is done, be sure to monitor your credit cards and bank accounts for suspicious activity. If you notice anything you don’t recognize, report it immediately.

    Get your computer out and enjoy those online deals.  Use #CyberMonday to post on social media.


    On November 28 of 2005, Cyber Monday joined the lexicon thanks to a press release in They announced a marketing revolution with the title “Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year” with astounding online sales increases the Monday following Thanksgiving.

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