Holidays Calendar for November 1, 2016

Revolution Day is an Algerian public holiday celebrated on November 1. It commemorates the beginning of the Algerian War of Independence, also known as the Algerian Revolution, in 1954.

Independence Day of Antigua and Barbuda is celebrated on November 1. This public holiday commemorates the independence of Antigua and Barbuda from the United Kingdom in 1981.

On November 1, citizens of Bhutan celebrate the anniversary of the coronation of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wamgchuk, the fifth and current reigning Druk Gyaplo (King of Bhutan). He officially ascended the throne in 2008. Druk Gyalpo's coronation anniversary is an official public holiday.

D. Hamilton Jackson Day, also known as Liberty Day, is a public holiday in the United States Virgin Islands celebrated on November 1. It honors a prominent US Virgin Islands civil rights leader.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a two-day holiday celebrated in Mexico and regions with large Hispanic population on November 1 and 2. It coincides two Christian holidays, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. However, Mexican Day of the Dead also has many traditions that originated in pre-Christian times.

All Saints' Day is a feast celebrated on November 1 by most Western churches, namely, the Catholic Church and a number of Protestant denominations. It has the highest rank in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Rite, the rank of a solemnity. All Saints' Day is observed as a public holiday in many countries.

International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day is annually observed on November 1. This observance was started in the USA by the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Foundation as an annual activity opening National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

World Vegan Day is celebrated by vegans around the world on November 1. This annual observance was established in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Vegan Society based in the United Kingdom.

Japan's counterpart of Armed Forces Day is Self-Defense Forces Commemoration Day observed on November 1. It has been celebrated since 1966.

Bailiff Day is an official professional holiday in the Russian Federation celebrated on November 1. It was established in 1998, but was originally observed on November 6. In 2008, the date of the holiday was moved to the first day of November.

The first Tuesday in November is a traditional day of Melbourne Cup. This is Australia's major horse race, that has been held since 1861.


Revival Leaders' Day is a Bulgarian holiday celebrated on November 1. It honors the most outstanding figures of the Bulgarian National Revival. This day is not a public holiday, but it is an official day off in schools.

The National Vinegar Day observed on November 1 honors one of the best known household products that has been around for several millenia.

National Brush Day is held in the United States on November 1. This observance focuses on raising awareness about the importance of children's oral health.

This Day in History

  • 2009 Died: Robert H. Rines, American lawyer, inventor, and composer. He is best known for his numerous attempts to identify the Loch Ness Monster.
  • 2008 Died: Jacques Piccard, Swiss oceanographer and engineer. He developed a number of underwater vehicles for studying ocean currents.
  • 2008 Died: Yma Sumac, Peruvian soprano, one of the most famous proponents of exotica music. She gained international success thanks to her extreme vocal range, which was said to be well over five octaves. She was able to sing in a double voice.
  • 2007 Died: Paul Tibbets, American general, the pilot of the Enola Gay aircraft. This aircraft made the first drop of the atomic bomb in the history of warfare. It was the Little Boy bomb, that was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
  • 2000 Serbia joined the United Nations. Originally Serbia was a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, that was one of the original UN members, but it had to be readmitted.
  • 1999 Died: Theodore Hall, American physicist, a member of the Manhattan Project. He participated in the development of the first and second atomic bombs during World War II. He also was a spy for the Soviet Union and he gave it a detailed description of the "Fat Man" plutonium bomb and several processes for purifying plutonium.
  • 1999 Died: Walter Payton, American football player, known around the NFL as "Sweetness". Payton was one of the most prolific running backs in the history of NFL, once he held the league's record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage and in many other categories.
  • 1993 Died: Severo Ochoa, Spanish physician, biochemist. In 1959 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology for his work on synthesis of RNA.
  • 1993 The Maastricht Treaty took effect, formally establishing the European Union.
  • 1984 Born: Natalia Tena, British actress and musician, best known for role as Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series. She also played the wildling Osha in the series Game of Thrones.
  • 1979 Died: Mamie Eisenhower, American wife of the United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 36th First Lady of the USA.
  • 1973 Born: Aishwarya Rai, Indian actress, Miss World 1994. She has established herself as one of the most successful celebrities in India and won several awards. The media often cites her as the most beautiful woman in the world.
  • 1970 146 young people died in the fire, that outbroke in the Club Cinq-Sept in Isère, France. The fire reportedly caused by a carelessly discarded match igniting a foam-filled seat cushion on the first floor gallery.
  • 1963 Born: Rick Allen, English drummer. Fans around the world know him as the drummer of hard rock band Def Leppard. He joined the group in 1978, in 1985 he overcame the amputation of his left arm and continued to play with the band. Subsequently his career went to its most successful phase.
  • 1963 The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico officially opened. The observatory is famous for its largest radio telescope ever constructed.
  • 1962 Born: Magne Furuholmen, Norwegian musician, renowned as the keybordist of synthpop rock band A-ha.
  • 1962 Born: Anthony Kiedis, American musician. He is best known as the lead singer and co-songwriter of a popular band Red Hot Chili Peppers. He's been fronting the band since the day of its creation in 1983.
  • 1959 Born: Susanna Clarke, British author, best known for her debuting novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, that won a Hugo Award.
  • 1955 Died: Dale Carnegie, American writer and scholar, famous for his courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, public speaking and interpersonal skills. His bestsellers include How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and Lincoln the Unknown.
  • 1952 The United States successfully conducted Operation Ivy: a ten-megaton hydrogen bomb codenamed "Mike" was detonated in the Eniwetok atoll in the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean.
  • 1950 Born: Robert B. Laughlin, American physicist and academic. He is known for the explanation of the fractional quantum Hall effect, that he made along with Horst L. Störmer and Daniel C. Tsui. This work brought Laughlin the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1998.
  • 1948 A Chinese merchant ship exploded and sank off southern Manchuria, at least 6,000 died.
  • 1942 Born: Larry Flynt, American publisher, founder of Larry Flint Publications. His company publishes several adults magazines, including Hustler, that was issued for the first time in 1974.
  • 1941 American photographer Ansel Adams took a picture of a moonrise over the town in Hernandez, New Mexico. This picture became one of the most famous images in the history of photography.
  • 1903 Died: Theodor Mommsen, German archaeologist, journalist and politician. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest classicists of the 19th century. In 1902 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature for being the greatest living master of the art of historical writing.
  • 1878 Born: Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician and academic. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor of France and analogous honors from ten other countries.
  • 1870 The Weather Bureau of the United States (later renamed the National Weather Service) made its first official meteorological forecast.
  • 1757 Born: Antonio Canova, Italian sculptor. He became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh. His most prominent works include Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, The Three Graces,The Penitent Magdalene etc.
  • 1755 Between 60,000 and 90,000 people were killed in Lisbon, Portugal, when the city was totally devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami.
  • 1604 The premier performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello took place at Whitehall Palace in London.