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.