Category: November 08



    On November 8th, World Radiography Day marks the anniversary of the discovery of the X-ray. The day also recognizes the important role that radiographers and radiologists play in the health care industry.

    The first thing a doctor does when a patient breaks a bone is order an X-ray. This kind of medical imaging allows healthcare professionals to see what is going on inside the body. The painless diagnostic test uses a form of electromagnetic radiation that passes through objects.

    Besides bone fractures, X-rays also detects:

    • Tumors
    • Enlarged heart
    • Blood vessel blockages
    • Fluid in lungs
    • Dislocated joints
    • Internal infections
    • Osteoporosis
    • Tooth decay
    • Foreign objects in the body

    The benefits of X-rays include being completely non-invasive and taking only a few minutes to complete. Doctors like X-rays because the results can be seen almost immediately. Radiographers perform X-rays and once the test is performed, the results are analyzed by a radiologist. The radiologist then passes that information to the doctor. In some instances, radiographers need to use other kinds of medical imaging tests to diagnose a problem. These might include a CT Scan, MRI, fluoroscopy, mammography, or ultrasound.

    Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen, a German mechanical engineer and physicist, discovered X-rays in 1895. He received the first Nobel Prize in physics in 1901 for his discovery. The Polish-born physicist Marie Curie helped advance the X-ray using radium, an element she discovered. In the early 1900s, hospitals were already using X-ray technology. By the 1930s, X-rays were a routine part of patient diagnostics. Today, around 3.6 million diagnostic tests that use radiation in medical imaging are performed each year. Up to 80 percent of diagnostic problems are resolved with the help of X-rays.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldRadiographyDay

    On this day, radiographer associations and healthcare providers host events that educate the public about X-rays and radiation safety. Radiographers also hold conferences and seminars to share ideas and make improvements in their field. It’s also a day for global health organizations to advocate for the need to increase radiography access and improve quality in developing countries. To participate:

    • Thank a radiographer or radiologist for all that they do.
    • Learn more about radiation and how this energy works to produce an X-ray.
    • Read about Marie Curie and Raymond Vahan Damadian and their contributions to radiography.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldRadiographyDay.


    The Radiographers Association of Madhya Pradesh in India has observed a special radiography day since 1996. The International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technicians have celebrated World Radiography Day since 2007. They chose the date of November 8th to mark the date in 1895 that X-rays were first discovered.


  • WORLD URBANISM DAY – November 8


    On November 8th, World Urbanism Day recognizes and promotes the role of planning and creating livable communities. The day is also known as World Town Planning Day.

    The word urbanism describes how inhabitants of urban areas interact with the built environment. Urban areas are towns, cities, and other places with higher populations. The primary focus of urban planning is to make the community healthy and livable for its inhabitants. Urban planning also ensures orderly development.

    • The most livable and healthy communities share these common factors:
    • Provide residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life.
    • Strive to preserve or improve its economy and the quality of its environment.
    • Desire to improve the health of its residents.
    • Provide a variety of housing options for its residents.
    • Include lots of areas for walking, biking, and being outdoors.
    • Make public transportation readily available and affordable for all who need it.
    • Contain schools, grocery stores, shopping malls, parks, recreational areas, and fitness facilities.
    • When all of these factors are present, societies are better able to cope with population growth and climate changes.

    Some of the world’s most healthy and livable cities include Osaka, Tokyo, Perth, Zurich, Geneva, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The city that tops the list is Auckland, New Zealand. Town planners in these cities must be doing a great job! On the other end of the spectrum, the least livable cities include Tripoli, Algiers, Dhaka, Port Moresby and Lagos. The least livable city in the world is Damascus, Syria.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldUrbanismDay

    Planning associations around the world organize educational events to help the public better understand the importance of urban planning. During such events, residents are encouraged to connect with public health networks and get involved in urban planning projects in their communities. To participate:

    • Develop ideas to improve things in your community, for example, better accessibility for the disabled or more walking paths.
    • Get involved in urban planning by going to city council and county commissioner meetings.
    • Read about influential urbanists, such as Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford, Robert Moses, and Naomi Klein.
    • Find out where your community ranks on healthy and livable cities.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldUrbanismDay.


    The late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires founded World Town Planning Day in 1949. He was also a civil engineer and a member of the national geography committee in Argentina. In later years, the day also became known as World Urbanism Day. Today more than 30 countries on 4 continents participate.


  • NATIONAL S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. DAY – November 8

    National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day | November 8
    National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day | November 8


    National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day on November 8th calls for full S.T.E.A.M. ahead! The day inspires kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Inspired by the Project Mc² brand, created by MGA Entertainment, the S.T.E.A.M.- based franchise features four super smart girls who are part of a super-secret spy organization called NOV8 (that’s “innovate”).


          Fun fact: The November 8th date is a play on words for the same as that super-secret organization, NOV8, making it the perfect date to inspire innovation!

    Why is S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. so important, now more than ever before?

    • S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. is all around us and shapes our everyday experiences
    • Of the U.S. Labor Department’s predicted 10 fastest growing occupations, nearly all of them are S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. careers; therefore an interest in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. early on can lead to success later on in life
    • The U.S. has fallen behind other nations in science and math education; we need to motivate young kids to pursue these subjects to keep up with the rest of the world
    • We must close the gender gap that exists in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. related-careers. Building interest in girls is critical to their future earning potential.


    You can celebrate National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M Day by tuning into the Netflix original series Project Mc², or by visiting where you can become an honorary member of NOV8 and go on super-secret spy missions with the Project Mc² characters; McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden, and Camryn. Use #STEMSTEAMDay to post on social media.

    Let’s innovate together and prove that Smart Is The New Cool!™

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom to find projects, inspiration and ways to Celebrate Every Day with your students.


    In 2015, MGA Entertainment founded National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day to inspire students in the world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. 

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed it will be celebrated annually on November 8th.



    National Parents as Teachers Day on November 8th encourages Parent Teachers Organizations and parents to join forces to support children in their educational goals.


    Parents as Teachers Organizations offer educational services to parents across the country.  These affiliates give all parents of young children support, and it also provides information so all children learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

    The concept for Parents as Teachers developed in the 1970s in Missouri. There, educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness. Research showed that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child’s development of learning skills, including reading and writing.

    The day provides parents with tools, resources, and support to guide them and their children. 


    Take some time to teach your children something new. Join a local organization to help improve education in your community. Use #ParentsAsTeachersDay to post on social media.

    Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® classroom to find projects, inspiration and ways to Celebrate Every Day with your students.


    The Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis, Missouri declared the first Parents as Teachers Day in 2001. They offered supporting community events spreading awareness of early childhood programs.




    National Harvey Wallbanger Day on November 8th recognizes a fruity and spirited cocktail made with 3 parts vodka, 1 part Galliano and 6 parts orange juice. Pour it into a highball glass and garnish it with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.


    In 1968 at a chili tasting in San Diego, hosts served Harvey Wallbangers along with a story explaining the cocktail’s origin. According to the story, all that remained of a Laguna Beach party included vodka, Galliano, and orange juice. When the party-goers left, Harvey remained, banging his head against the wall.

    Donato ‘Duke’ Antone

    However, accepted lore three-time-world-champion bartender, Donato ‘Duke’ Antone, deserves the credit for the cocktail’s invention. He operated Duke’s Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Over the years, Antone collected quite a few credits for famous beverages. As a bartender, his resume was impressive – inventor of the Rusty Nail, White Russian, and Flaming Russian. According to the bartending wizard, in 1952, a surfer named Tony Wallbanger inspired the cocktail. Perhaps, the party in Laguna Beach is a version of Antone’s. However, no one has been able to identify the inspirational surfer.

    Harvey Wallbanger remained a quiet little secret in the San Diego area until around 1968. Then George Bednar, a marketing director for McKesson Imports Company (the maker of Galliano), joined up with graphic artist Bill Young. Their marketing campaign launched a Harvey Wallbanger character that exploded into commercial popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s.

    Harvey Wallbanger is the name and I can be made! ~ 1969 Galliano marketing slogan

    The drink’s name became a metaphor to describe someone who goofs off or makes mistakes. When politicians or sports figures find themselves in compromising positions, they may earn the name Harvey Wallbanger. And it’s also interesting to note that voters write in Harvey Wallbanger at election time.


    Call some of your friends to get together. Meet them at your local bar, and everyone orders a Harvey Wallbanger. Raise your glasses and toast a Happy National Harvey Wallbanger Day!!  (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive). Use #HarveyWallbangerDay to post on social media.


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

    Harvey Wallbanger FAQ

    Q. Harvey Wallbanger sounds like a good name for a band. Is the name taken?
    A. It was. Kind of…musicians Jeremy Taylor, Christopher Prurves, Johnny Griffiths, Neil “Reg” McArthur, Richard Allen and Harvey Brough founded Harvey and The Wallbangers in the 1980s.

    Q. What kind of glass do you serve a Harvey Wallbanger in?
    A. Harvey Wallbangers are served in a highball glass.

    Q. What is Galliano?
    A. Galliano is a sweet distilled liqueur infused with herbs and spices.


    November 8th Celebrated History


    William H. Frost receives patent No. 974,785 for an insect destroyer. The device improves upon previous electric insect electrocution devices by using smaller gages of wire and increasing the voltage. Previous inventions only killed the bugs when they came in contact with the wire. With Frost’s insect destroyer, the insects close the circuit by passing between the wires. Zap that!


    The television soap opera, Days of Our Lives debuts on NBC TV


    Massachusetts elects the first African American Senator since Reconstruction. The former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke won the seat over former Governor Endicott Peabody. In 1875, Blanche K. Bruce of Mississippi began his term as the last Senator before Reconstruction.


    Time, Inc. launches the cable company Home Box Office. The company set a standard for future cable television and movie services to come.

    November 8th Celebrated Birthdays

    Milton Bradly – 1836

    In 1860, Bradley put his newly acquired lithography machine to work producing a board game he designed. He called it the “Checkered Game of Life,” and the success of the game led to a business that’s still going strong today. While the game design and name have changed slightly, so have some of the obstacles we face in The Game of Life.

    Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin – 1866

    The engineer sharpened his skills at the Wolseley Sheep-Shearing Company before founding the Austin Motor Company in 1905.

    Margaret Mitchell – 1900 

    The author’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone With the Wind adapted to a screenplay that starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. Nominated for 13 Academy Awards, the film won in 8 categories including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

    Dorothy Day – 1897 

    The journalist and social activist led a bohemian lifestyle for several years. Consistently being drawn to the teachings of the Catholic Church, In 1927, she joined the church and in the midst of the Great Depression founded the Catholic Worker Movement with Peter Maurin. The organization continues today.

    Martha Gellhorn – 1908

    As one of the first women to report from the ranks of war correspondents, Gellhorn’s career spanned nearly 60 years. She wrote several books and covered everything from the Spanish War to the beginning of the end of the Cold War before she retired in 1989.

    Christiaan Barnard – 1922

    In 1967, the cardiac surgeon performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant on a middle-aged man. The patient regained consciousness and lived another 18 days before succumbing to pneumonia.

    Margaret Rhea Seddon – 1947

    In 1978, NASA selected six women to join the astronaut training program. Seddon along with Shannon Lucid, Kathryn Sullivan, Judith Resnik, Anna Fisher, and Sally Ride made the cut. As a physician, Seddon completed the training program and flew her first Space Shuttle mission in 1985 followed by two more in 1991 and 1993.

    Tom Anderson – 1970

    In 2003, Anderson co-founded the social networking website Myspace with Chris DeWolfe.


    National Cappuccino Day | November 8
    National Cappuccino Day | November 8


    National Cappuccino Day on November 8th whips up a frothy, hot cup of cappuccino. It’s a perfect drink on a frosty morning, meeting with friends or just to enjoy a creamy cuppa.


    Traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam, a cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink.

    The word cappuccino comes from the Capuchin friars and is the diminutive form of cappuccio in Italian, meaning hood or something that covers the head. This popular coffee beverage got its name not from the hood on their habits but from the color of the hooded robes that the friars wore.  (The Capuchin friars is an Order of friars in the Catholic Church, among the chief offshoots of the Franciscans.)

    • In 1945, Achille Gaggia invented the modern espresso machine which further popularized the cappuccino.
    • Mid-1990s – Cappuccino was made more widely available to North Americans as upscale coffee houses sprang up.
    • Late 1990s to Early 2000s – Cappuccinos became popular in the United States concurrent with the boom in the American coffee industry.
    • The start of the 21st Century – A modified short-cut version of the cappuccino started being served at fast-food chains.
    • While steaming the milk you must pay close attention to attain the correct ratio of foam, thus making the cappuccino one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make properly.
    • A skilled barista may create artistic shapes while he/she is pouring milk on top of the espresso coffee.


    Visit your favorite coffee shop to enjoy a nice hot and delicious cup of cappuccino. While you’re there, give them a shout-out using #CappuccinoDay to post on social media. Read up on your coffee history while enjoying a delicious cup. We found 11 Historic Coffee Milestones to perk you right up!

    Find your National Cappuccino Day offers on our Celebration Deals page!

    You can also shop at National Day Calendar®! Get your CelebrateEveryDay® coffee to sip all year long!
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    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious coffee beverage.

    Cappuccino FAQ

    Q. Do cappuccinos come in different flavors?
    A. Yes. Cappuccinos are often flavored using syrups. Some popular flavors include French vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, pumpkin spice, peppermint, hazelnut, cinnamon, and Irish Cream.

    Q. When is National Espresso Day?
    A. National Espresso Day is November 23rd.