We have reached day 305 of the year, leaving us only 60 more days of 2013. The holidays are just around the corner. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If not, now is a good time to start. This blogger is one of the many of the participants from all over the world who participate in this annual event. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a first draft of a novel in thirty days. That amounts to 1,667 words a day. It’s not too late to join! Check out Nanowrimo.org for more information.
November first is National Authors’ Day, which was adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1929. The US Department of Commerce gave it a place on the list of special days, weeks and months in 1949. The resolution states in part “By celebrating author’s day as a nation, we would not only show patriotism, loyalty and appreciation of the men and women who have made American literature possible but would also encourage and inspire others to give of themselves in making a better America.”
National Family Literacy Day, celebrated across the U.S., focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November. Schools, libraries, and other literacy organizations participate through read-a-thons, celebrity appearances, book drives, and more.
November 1st is celebrated by vegans around the world. The day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President and Chair of The Vegan Society UK to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
The Christian holiday of All Saint’s Day honors and recognizes all of the saints of the Christian church, many of which were martyrs. The church sets this day aside to celebrate over 10,000 recognized saints. Historically, All Saints Day was known as Hallomas. All Saints Day and All Souls Day was originally in May. They were moved to November 1st and 2and to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) and Dia De Loss Muertos. Religious leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright. But, if moved the Christian holidays to this time periods, the pagan holidays would slowly die away.
Edmund Burke published Reflections on the Revolution in France, on November 1, 1790. In it he predicted that the French Revolution would end in a disaster.
The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public on November 1, 1897. The Library had been housed in the Congressional Reading Room in the U.S. Capitol.
Writers born on November 1 include:
Georg Phillipp Harsdorffer (1607), Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636), John Strype (1643), Florent Carton Dancourt (1661), Stephen Crane (1871), Sholem Asch (1880), Grantland Rice (1880), Hermann Broch (1886), Sakutaro Hagiwara (1886), Edmund Blunden (1896), Nordahl Grieg (1902), Henry Troyat (1911), Gunther Plaut (1912), James Kilpatrick (1920), Gordon R. Dickson (1923), A. R. Gurney (1930), Barry Sadler (1940), Kinky Friedman (1944), Jim Steinmeyer (1958), Susanna Clarke (1959), Louise Boije af Gennäs (1961), Karen Marie Moning (1964), and Jenny McCarthy (1972).
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