Random Facts About November
Sure, you learned all about the Pilgrims and Indians in elementary school — and probably made some of those hand turkeys, too — but you've most likely never heard some of these lesser-known facts about the month of November. Here are some conversation starters for when you're sitting around the table with family this Thanksgiving.
- Thanksgiving was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1789.
- The birthstone for November is the topaz.
- John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963.
- Lincoln’s Gettysburg address was given in November 1863.
- The ancient Roman calendar listed November as the ninth month.
- The U.S. and Canada celebrate the end of World War I on 11 November.
- Presidents Harding and Polk differed in age by 70 years, but they were both born on 2 November.
- Winter once began on 11 November, according to the calendar of ancient Rome.
- November was called "Blood Month" by the ancient Saxons because that was the month they sacrificed animals to their gods.