Category: November 30



    On November 30th each year, the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare pays tribute to victims of chemical warfare. The day also reaffirms the commitment to eliminate the threat of chemical war.

    During WWI, chemical weapons killed more than 100,000 people. Chemical weapons also resulted in a million casualties. Chemical weapons contain toxic chemicals that cause death, injury, and sensory irritation. These weapons are usually deployed through a rocket or ballistic missile. Chemical weapons can cause mass destruction. This is one reason it is against the law to use them during armed conflict. Despite this law, many nations have active chemical weapons programs.

    The Geneva Protocol, signed in 1925, sought to ban the use of chemical weapons. The United States did not join until 1975. Syria, the Islamic State, and North Korea have all been recently accused of using chemical weapons in the midst of conflict. Thousands of people died or were injured as a result.

    On April 29, 1997, during the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was formed. The OPCW supports and verifies the destruction of chemical weapons. They also inspect facilities that formerly produced chemical weapons. In 2013, the OPCW received the Nobel Peace Prize. As of 2017, 68,000 metric tons of chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed. Additionally, 90 chemical weapons facilities have been destroyed or converted.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfRemembrance

    Each year the OPCW holds a special ceremony to remember the victims of chemical warfare. The ceremony consists of wreath-laying and observing a moment of silence.

    To participate:

    • Light a candle to remember all the victims of chemical warfare.
    • Learn about how detrimental chemical weapons are to our world and societies.
    • Watch movies about WWI, including The Big Parade, The End of St. Petersburg, and All Quiet on the Western Front.
    • Spread awareness for this day on social media with #DayOfRemembranceForAllVictimsOfChemicalWarfare


    On November 11, 2005, the UN Officially recognized the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare. The day originally commemorated the date the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force on April 29, 1997. However, in 2015, the International Day for the Foundation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Day was established on April 29th as well. The UN changed the observance for the Day of Remembrance to November 30th.




    National Personal Space Day on November 30th promotes kindness toward sensitivities and supports healing and self-protection by recognizing everyone’s right to decide when and how to be touched.

    Touch can hurt. Many Bacteria and viruses can harm.

    The day provides an opportunity to be aware of a person’s unspoken need for space or a gentler and welcomed touch. When you see someone wearing the peach symbol, forgo the handshake or hug and offer a smile and another way to show you care.

    National Personal Space Day encourages the use of the effective symbol to essentially say, “I need a little extra space today,” without awkwardness or hurt feelings. The Peach symbol kindly raises the voice of the wearer. The mission is working to change the way people show they care. After all, we are challenged in the 21st century, at a very reflective time regarding our personal space. It is also a time to allow us more understanding regarding the boundaries of others.

    Everyone has a story to tell of a time in their lives when they suffered from well-intentioned but unwelcome touch or closeness: whether they are healing or are challenged within a crowded work environment, are grieving, receiving chemotherapy, or simply needing more space to help protect them from harmful bacteria, viruses or other sensitivities.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PersonalSpaceDay

    • Share your story
      We want to hear your story.

      • Do others intrude on your personal space?
      • Are you or someone you love immunocompromised?
      • Do you suffer from a chronic pain condition, anxiety, or another condition that makes touch painful?
      • Do you fear touch from exposure to harmful bacteria or viruses?
      • Are you a family bonding with your new wee one?
      • Does someone in your family need a safe space?
      • Are you a caregiver for someone who needs to avoid touch?
      • Are you looking for a way to explain personal space to children?

    Share your story on our Give Space Facebook page. Tweet or IG a picture, too! We would love to hear from you and yours.

    • How can Give Space help?
      • We support personal space interactive education with our children’s book, “What Do I Do With My Hugs?”. It will give them a gift of a lifetime – to protect their space while teaching empathy for the space of others
      • The Peach symbol is on each product to signal your need for personal space. Merchandise can be found at for you or as a gift for a friend or your local school or church
      • Reach out to us on the website for signage or wholesale needs
      • Media, please contact Frank Groff @ or Carol Winner at
    • Show you care in new ways:
      • Cook their favorite meal
      • Run errands for them
      • Read their favorite book to them
      • Order delivery of groceries or a special treat


    NEW GIVE SPACE w_ PEACH 7-2017Give space, operating as for the love of Peach, LLC, founded National Personal Space Day in 2019 to promote and support an awareness of personal space boundaries. Whether recovering from surgery, an illness or anxiety, the Peach symbol communicates the wearer’s need for an extended boundary. National Personal Space Day increases awareness of the symbol and provides an opportunity to alter the way we show we care.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Personal Space Day to be observed on November 30th annually.

    About For the Love of Peach

    For the Love of Peach was founded in 2015, inspired by a daughter’s protective heart and a mother’s compassion. Founder, Carol Winner, was a caregiver to her mother while she battled cancer and coped with recovery. Her mother experienced extensive surgeries and radiation, leaving her immune system compromised and physical touch painful. With Carol’s healthcare experience, she recognized her mother’s risk from a well-intentioned hug or kiss. So began give space. The ‘give space’ vest recently received a U.S. Adaptable Garment Patent, and their children’s personal space book, “What Do I Do With My Hugs?”


    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 30th, National Mississippi Day recognizes the home of the Delta blues and the 20th state to join the union.

    How did you learn to spell Mississippi? Was it the M-I crooked letter-crooked letter-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I-humpback-humpback-I rhyme? Or did you keep track of the seconds by counting one Mississippi, two Mississippi? If you did, you’re not alone. Millions around the country recall doing this and other similar word associations with the name Mississippi!

    The Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico along the western boundary of the state. and derives its name from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi which means “Great River.”

    Blues music developed along the Mississippi Delta in the middle to late 19th century. Within a few decades, blues music would slowly grow to create a crop of musicians and variety of new genres.

    Civil Rights

    Both the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s created uncertain, turbulent, and violent times for Mississippi. Even though the Civil War brought about freedom for enslaved people, the war ruined more than half of Mississippi’s population and the economy.

    Nearly 100 years later circumstances had not much improved when Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. ignited the movement that would bring voices and faces to the story.

    Natchez Trace

    One of the most prolific features of the state is the Natchez Trace. In existence for thousands of years, this ancient pathway was beaten down by the hooves of bison. Hunting and gathering mound builders later used the path which became an ideal road for transporting goods. Today, it’s both a 444-mile scenic parkway and natural timeline through the history of three states (Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama).

    There are many fun and fascinating tidbits about Mississippi to explore.  For example, did you know while hunting in Sharkey County, President Roosevelt came upon a bear he refused to shoot which is how we came to have the teddy bear today.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMississippiDay

    Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Mississippi’s historic places and discover her untold stories. Listen to America’s music while traveling all the highways and byways on National Mississippi Day! Use #NationalMississippiDay to share on social media.

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

    Clarkco State Park – Quitman

    Golden Memorial State Park – Walnut Grove

    LeFleur’s Bluff State Park – Jackson

    Wall Doxy State Park – Holly Springs

    Mississippi Delta

    Mississippi Museum of Art – Jackson

    Mississippi Civil Rights Museum – Jackson


    Delta Blues Museum – Clarksdale

    Walter Anderson Museum of Art – Ocean Springs

    Eudora Welty House – Jackson

    Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum – Biloxi

    INFINITY Science Museum – Pearlington
    Birthplace of Kermit the Frog – Leland

    Clarksdale Crossroads – Clarksdale

    Mammy’s Cupboard – Natchez

    Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island – Gulfport

    Simmons-Wright Company Store – Toomsuma

    Dockery Farms – Cleveland
    While there is little known about Chief Tishomingo’s life, what is known is that he was one of the last surviving full-blooded Chickasaw Chiefs.  He also lived to be at least 100 years old. Chief Tishomingo allied with the U.S. fighting alongside U.S. military on more than one occasion until his people were removed from their land in Mississippi in the early 1830s.

    Two counties, one in Mississippi and one in Oklahoma, two state parks, a town, organizations, and a beautiful bridge have been named in Chief Tishomingo’s honor.
    Known as the “Black Swan” and for her broad vocal range, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield toured the U.S. and Europe sharing her voice in full concert halls. But before she entertained a Queen, she was first a slave and then a servant to her mistress.
    Anyone who has suffered from a fungal infection can appreciate the work of Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Fuller Brown. Together, their discovery of a substance named fungicidin (later named nystatin) would become an effective treatment for a variety of fungal infections. From burn victims to itchy-footed athletes, the world rejoiced!
    The author of The Sound and the Fury (1929), Light in August (1932) and Requiem for a Nun (1951), William Faulkner earned a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. In 1955, Faulkner was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the novel A Fable (1954) and again in 1963 for The Reivers (1963).
    Playwright Tennessee Williams created enduring characters who are a part of the American psyche still today.
    Plays like The Glass Menagerie, A Street Named Desire, Baby Doll, and many others have been adapted to screen and earned him critics, celebrity and numerous awards including two Pulitzer Prizes.
    If the world were to place a pin where America’s music sprouted, many modern musicians would place the pin at Clarksdale Crossroads.

    Legend has it that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil there in exchange for his rare talent on the guitar. In his short life, the musician big cities and dirt road juke joints. His limited recordings have influenced modern artists of a variety of genres.
    World War II veteran and civil rights activist, Medgar Evers, is most noted for his efforts to desegregate the University of Mississippi. He was murdered by Byron De La Beckwith in 1963.
    With a career spanning more than five decades, B.B. King clearly ruled the world of the blues. Admired not only for his talent and performances but also his dedication to the art, King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Official Rhythm & Blues Musical Hall of Fame in 2014.
    Stage and Silverscreen actor, James Earl Jones garners attention not only for his screen presence but for his resonant voice. His ever-growing list of credits includes The Great White Hope, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars series.
    Influenced by pop, country, gospel and R&B music, Elvis Aaron Presley’s unique style attracted fans from around the world. He earned numerous awards across genres and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as four others. In 2006, Graceland was declared a National Landmark and is open to the public for tours.
    Jim Henson created memorable characters such as Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch and Fraggles, Skeksis and UrSkeks. Writer, producer, and visionary, Henson used new technology to take puppetry to new heights in films like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
    Oprah Winfrey started her career in broadcasting behind a mic on the radio.  Fast forward and The Oprah Winfrey Show aired 25 successful seasons; the talk show host launched her own network, production company, stretched her acting muscles and became a billionaire.
    Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton played 13 years in the NFL, breaking records and earning one Super Bowl Championship. Payton was known not only for his talent but also for his generosity. In 1993, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    In 2007, Sarah Thomas began making history becoming the first woman to officiate a major college football game. Over the next few years, she would become a woman of firsts. Then in 2015, Thomas became the first woman in history to become a permanent NFL official.

  • NATIONAL MASON JAR DAY – November 30


    On November 30th, National Mason Jar Day commemorates an ingenious invention that’s been bringing families together for generations.

    Simply by opening a jar of fruit preserves or spicy salsa, we enjoy the flavors of summer in the midst of winter. For those who love to pickle, the Mason jar rescues fruits and veggies from the garden. From green beans to watermelon, we make them sweet or spicy!

    While food preservation has existed for centuries, John Landis Mason from New Jersey made home canning safe. The young tinsmith’s patent #22186 for an “Improvement in screwneck bottles” issued a revolutionary design.

    Since then, gardeners have been canning. They stocked their pantries from their victory gardens. Some padded their wallets with their heirloom collections. And many more shared their bounty as colorful gifts. Mason jars pull double duty as beautiful DIY projects in shabby chic vases or as an artfully painted desk caddy.

    However, we use these versatile vessels, this holiday delight in their existence and their utility.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMasonJarDay

    While Mason jars started as a way to preserve the bounty of our gardens, these jars are versatile. They come in a variety of styles, both old and new.

    Share all your favorite ways to use Mason Jars. Whether you fill them with your favorite recipes, a miniature fairy garden, or hang them from a chandelier, show your appreciation for the Mason jar. Share your gardening and DIY gifts with friends and neighbors. Host a Mason jar crafting party. Transplant your favorite houseplant into a classic Mason jar and give it as a gift.

    However you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalMasonJarDay on social media.


    Misty Campbell-Olbert, the founder of Unboxing the Bizarre, founded National Mason Jar Day in 2017 to celebrate a day that should have existed a long time ago! Mason jars are synonymous with ingenuity, independence, and creativity – all things worthy of celebration!

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Mason Jar Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

    Mason Jar FAQ

    Q. What sizes do Mason jars come in?
    A. Mason jars come in a variety of sizes that fit many needs. These are just a few of the most common ones:

    4 ounces = 1/4 pint
    8 ounces = 1/2 pint
    16 ounces = 1 pint
    24 ounces = 1.5 pint
    32 ounces = 1 quart
    64 ounce = 1/2 gallon

    Q. Can I put Mason jars in a pressure cooker?
    A. Yes. Authentic canning jars are made to withstand pressure canning. You want to make sure you’re using a canning jar and not a recycled peanut butter jar. Follow the canner’s instructions closely and you should have no problems.

    Q. What’s the best size Mason jar for collecting my spare change?
    A. We recommend the pint jar for collecting spare coins. Anything larger and they will be too heavy for me…I mean…you to haul to the bank.


  • NATIONAL MOUSSE DAY – November 30


    On November 30th, National Mousse Day serves up a delicious treat that can be savory or sweet.

    What can we say about mousse? The word “mousse” in French means “foam.” Typically, we whip egg whites or cream to make a mousse. Depending on the type of mousse, its consistency can vary from light and airy to thick and creamy.

    This versatile dish lends itself well to both desserts and savory recipes. In fact, several types of mousse can be served at the same meal. From a smokey salmon mousse as the first course to a tart lemon or creamy chocolate mousse for dessert, there is virtually no limit to the flavors we can incorporate into a mousse.

    Mousse can also be used as a filling for other dishes such as pastries and parfaits. A savory mousse pairs well with fruit and cheese plates making beautiful appetizers, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMousseDay

    Enjoy some mousse. If you need a recipe, we have a Chocolate Mousse on our recipe pages. Or try one of these delicious recipes that will also fit other National Days on the calendar!

    Sweet Avocado Mousse
    Blue Cheese Mousse
    Salted Caramel Mousse

    Use #NationalMousseDay to post on social media.


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

    Mousse FAQ

    Q. Are mousse and pudding the same?
    A. No, but they are similar. A mousse is the frothier relative of the pudding. The consistency can range from light and fluffy to thick and creamy.

    Q. What is the plural form of mousse?
    A. The plural word for mousse is mousses.




    On November 30th, Stay Home Because You’re Well Day gives us an excuse to stay in for the day. We all need a break, and it is nice to take it when we are healthy and can enjoy it. That said, if everyone in the working world took the same day to stay home because we were well, chaos would ensue. 

    We all need time alone. It is essential to disconnect from our daily routines. Sometimes a checklist of things we need to do calls to us. Others have no idea what we’d do left to our own devices.

    Being home when we are healthy can come with a sense of accomplishment, too. We can tackle tasks we’ve been wanting to complete for a while. It can also be an opportunity for some much-needed relaxation. Everyone sees a healthy day off differently. Use it as you see fit.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #StayHomeBecauseYoureWellDay

    Stay Home Because You’re Well Day has no agenda other than to spend a healthful day at home. But the opportunities remain endless! What you do with it is up to you.

    Try these suggestions:

    • Catch up on some reading.
    • Take a walk.
    • Get started on your Christmas cards.
    • Follow a toddler around all day.  You do feel well, remember?
    • Take a friend to lunch.
    • Get your calendar up to date.
    • Try a new recipe and make extra to share with someone who wasn’t feeling well today.
    • Take a nap
    • Plan your next vacation.
    • Make a list of all your single friends and match them up as potential mates.
    • Organize all those photos on your phone.
    • Work on an art project.
    • Clean out your closet and donate.

    Stay home and use #StayHomeBecauseYoureWellDay to post on social media.


    Thomas & Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays created Stay Home Because You’re Well Day


    November 30th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The U.S. Patent Office issued patent No. 22,186 to John L. Mason for improvements in screwneck bottles. His invention became the most popular glass jar used for food perseveration and his name became synonymous with canning.


    Inventor Alexander P. Ashbourne was granted U.S. patent No. 170,460 for a biscuit cutter. His invention included molds of various shapes and allowed multiple biscuits to be cut out at once.


    Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama is struck by a 9-pound meteorite that crashed through the roof of her living room. It’s the only known instance of a meteorite striking a person.


    The English rock band Pink Floyd releases its 11th studio album, The Wall. The rock opera featured songs like “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Is There Anybody Out There,” and “Comfortably Numb.”


    Michael Jackson released his sixth studio album, Thriller. Featuring hits like “Billie Jean,” “Beat it,” and the theatrical title song “Thriller,” the album soared to number 1 and remains Jackson’s best-selling album.


    November 30th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Oliver Winchester – 1810

    In 1866, Oliver Winchester founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

    Samuel Clemens – 1835

    The American humorist, publisher and novelist is better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. He authored the classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    Gordon Parks – 1912

    The celebrated photographer is best known for writing and directing the film The Learning Tree. It was the first film for a major studio to be directed by an African American. In 1971, Parks directed the film Shaft based on the book by Ernest Tidyman.

    Dick Clark – 1929

    The iconic radio and television personality hosted American Bandstand for more than 30 years. In 1957, he launched Dick Clark Productions. For 40 years, he was a perennial staple on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. His final appearance was in 2012.



    National Methamphetamine Awareness Day - November 30


    As part of a nationwide effort, November 30th has been declared National Methamphetamine Awareness Day. The day aims to educate the American public about the effects of methamphetamine abuse on families and communities. As part of the initiative, it is hoped to increase awareness and decrease demand for the highly-addictive drug.

    A national survey found one out of six young adults has used illicit drugs in the last month. Brain scientists now know why just one use of crystal meth (methamphetamine) can make a person feel hooked.

    The awareness day is an effort to send a prevention message to potential meth users. It also gets the message out about available programs to current users. In some parts of the country, meth use is increasing while in others it continues to rise. 

    Part of the reason meth is so addictive is it increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine occurs naturally in our brains. It affects our body’s reward centers as well as our movement, motivation, and reinforcement. It’s the impact on this area of the brain that makes methamphetamine so addictive.

    Beyond the short-term effects of alertness, increased physical activity, reduced or no appetite, rapid heart rate and increased blood pressure, continued use of methamphetamine has long-term health effects.

    • risk of diseases transmitted through needles
    • addiction
    • extreme weight loss
    • dental problems including tooth loss and gum disease
    • sleeping disorders
    • memory loss
    • anxiety
    • skin issues
    • hallucinations
    • paranoia

    However, there is help. Visit SAMSA to learn about the referral program. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The page is full of resources for adults, teens, and family members. There, you can find support for yourself and others who may be facing addiction. There is a way out and a life after addiction. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MethAwarenessDay

    If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, visit one of the links on this page to find support. Whether you’re a friend or family member, there’s a program to help.  Find more information at Drug Facts. Use #MethAwarenessDay to post on social media.


    In a proclamation signed by President George W. Bush in 2006, November 30th was set forth as National Meth Awareness Day. The observance serves two purposes. First, it aims to reach potential users with prevention methods. Second, the day increases awareness of programs and services available to current users.

    Meth FAQ

    Q. Can a user overdose on meth?
    A. Yes. According to the CDC, all drug overdose deaths are on the increase, including those from meth.

    Q. What can I do to prevent an overdose?
    A. If you or someone you know is using an opioid like meth, one of the first things you can do is speak to a physician to ask for help. You can also:

    • Learn the signs of addiction.
    • Learn about and how to administer naloxone.
    • Understand recovery is possible. Find resources near you that offer treatment and encourage the user to seek treatment.
    • Share the observance on social media.



    Computer Security Day - November 30


    Computer Security Day on November 30th reminds us to protect our computers. Every day, computers become faster and more advanced. Protecting the resources, tools, and information on them protects the people who use them, too. 

    Since the first home computer, how we use them has changed. Today, we use computers to stay connected. We bank and work from home. While computers are on every campus in every school, many gain an education right from home. We do our taxes, attend meetings, and research complex issues all on computers. 

    When is World Password Day?

    It makes sense to do everything possible to keep these powerful machines secure. Right? Some of them hold a lifetime of data. Precious and irreplaceable photos, journals, novels, passwords. It is vital to protect even a portion of that information. Our very identity exists on computers. 

    Identity theft, fraud, ransomware, and viruses constantly attack our computers. They seek the most vulnerable users. In an instant, they take us offline, derailing a lifetime of accomplishment. Protect your family and business by giving your computers a security check-up.  

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ComputerSecurityDay

    Computer Security Day provides the perfect reminder! It is also important to review your computer’s security on a regular basis. Use the checklist below to secure your computer. If you use social media, it is also a good time to review your settings. Social media is another way identity thieves, viruses, and computer fraud is committed. Spread the word on social media using #ComputerSecurityDay to inform others how they can secure their data!

    • Enable Windows Update.
    • Install and keep running antivirus software.
    • Turn on Windows Firewall.
    • Keep all software updated. 
    • Always use strong passwords.
    • Don’t share passwords and don’t write them down. 
    • A password is required to access my computer.
    • Remove unused programs.
    • Secure your wireless network. 
    • Back up critical data. 
    • Use caution when browsing the Internet. 
    • I log off the computer when I’m not using it.
    • My web browser does not store or remember my passwords.
    • Periodically remove temporary Internet files.


    In 1988, the Association for Computer Security launched the first Computer Security Day to raise awareness concerning computer security issues.

    Computer Security FAQ

    Q. Is it ok to write down my passwords?
    A. It depends. It is ok to write down your passwords unless you are in the habit of reusing passwords. If you use the same password for everything, you face a higher risk of all your accounts being hacked instead of one.

    Q. I use the same password on everything. It’s easier to remember. Is that safe?
    A. No. If you only use one password and it becomes compromised, all your accounts are compromised. Create a different password for every account.

    Q. What if I only use numeric passwords?
    A. These days, most accounts have minimum requirements for passwords. 

    • Minimum of 8 characters
    • A least one number
    • Lower and uppercase letters
    • At least one symbol

    This combination helps create a secure password.