22 Amazing Facts About November

Ever wondered why November's so fascinating?

November is often referred to as a transitional month. In the southern hemisphere spring gives way to summer and in the northern hemisphere, say goodbye to fall, because winter is coming!

From historical events to unique traditions, and even some natural phenomena, November is brimming with excitement.

Below are some additional intriguing facts about the eleventh month of the year.


Novem is the Latin word for 9.
This first Roman calendar was only made up of ten months, with November being the ninth month.
When the Julian calendar was adopted in 45 BC, two new months were added, which pushed November back to the 11th month. Despite its change in position, November was never renamed.

November is the last of the four months, which have 30 days.
The other months are September, April, and June.

The Anglo-Saxons nailed November with "Wind Monath"!

The Anglo-Saxons also called the month of November "Blod Monath," or blood month. It gained this name as it's in November that they would traditionally slaughter cows to provide food for the long winter months.

The official November birth flower is the chrysanthemum or "mum" for short.

The official birthstone of November is the topaz.
It is a symbol of strength and honor. The ancient Greeks also believed that the stone had the ability to turn oneself invisible.

The November zodiac signs are Scorpio and Sagittarius.
If you're born before November 23rd, then you have the sign of Scorpio. Those born on November 23rd or later have the sign of Sagittarius.

According to some sources, the Full Moon for November is named after beavers because, at this time, they become particularly active in building their winter dams in preparation for the cold season. The beaver is mainly nocturnal, so they work under the light of the Full Moon.

According to social media statistics, November is the month when the highest number of memes are posted and shared on the internet.

November is considered an auspicious month for shopping across the world. It kicks off with Alibaba's Singles' Day sale on November 11th, followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, making it a dream month for shopaholics.

Like all other months of the year, a number of famous and important people have been born in November. Some of the more notable people include Mark Twain, Leonardo DiCaprio, Winston Churchill, Kurt Vonnegut, and Scarlett Johansson.

The best month to express love in Spain is revealed to be November, according to recent research.
The study shows that during this month, most Spaniards are inclined to tweet "Te amo," the Spanish translation of "I love you."

November is Banana Pudding Lovers Month, a time to indulge in this beloved dessert in all its creamy, dreamy glory.
There are plenty of other things to celebrate this month, National Cook For Your Pets Day on November 1st. World Vegan Day, also on November 1st, Veterans Day on November 11th (US), National Button Day on November 16th (US), and National Cake Day on November 26th (US).
November is also National Novel Writing Month (US), National Pomegranate Month (US), and National Adoption Month (US), among many others!

On November 28, 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gives birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins.
Hailed as one of the all-time greatest writers of English literature, Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets and 37 plays which are still in production today.
In all of the works that Shakespeare wrote, the month of November isn't mentioned a single time.

The Gunpowder Plot was a failed attempt to blow up England's King James I and the Parliament on November 5, 1605.
On this day, a group of Roman Catholics plotted to blow up the English Parliament while King James I was inside.
Fortunately, the plot was foiled. Every year festivities are held across the country to celebrate the group's failure, which includes setting off countless fireworks, lighting bonfires, and even setting alight effigies of Guy Fawkes, one of the conspirators.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and has been celebrated since 1621.
The first Thanksgiving was a feast celebrating the first bountiful harvest of the pilgrims of Plymouth and New England.
It is still celebrated in a similar way, with families coming together and sharing plentiful amounts of food traditionally available during November.

On November 30, 1782, the preliminary Treaty of Paris is signed, bringing the hostilities of the American Revolution to a close.

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered remarks, which later became known as the Gettysburg Address, at the official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, on the site of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War.

On November 3, 1957, the Soviet Union launches the first animal to orbit the earth into space—a dog nicknamed Laika—aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft.

Assassination of John F. Kennedy, mortal shooting of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, as he rode in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.
He was rushed to a hospital all too late and was pronounced dead at 1 pm that day.
His accused killer was Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine who had embraced Marxism and defected for a time to the Soviet Union.
Kennedy was the fourth US president to be assassinated, after Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley.

On November 18, 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana.
Over 900 of the cult members drank a cyanide-laced drink, with those who refused being forced to consume it.

Every year in November, an amusing fundraising event takes place in different parts of the world such as Australia, the US, and England, called Movember.
The concept behind this event is to collect funds for charity by growing mustaches. Participants are required to shave on November 1 and grow a mustache for the remainder of the month.
The resulting hilarity serves as an inspiration for others to contribute to the cause.
Movember is a global movement that funds and supports projects to improve men's health, especially mental health, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

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