Holidays Calendar for November 2, 2012

All Souls' Day, also known as Feast of All Souls, is a day of prayer for the departed. It is celebrated the next day after All Saints' Day each year. In Western Christianity the celebration is held on November 2.

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.

Arrival of Indentured Laborers Day, also known as Indian Arrival Day, is a public holiday celebrated on November 2 in Mauritius. It commemorates the arrival of Indian laborers in Mauritius in 1834.

World Mankousheh Day is celebrated annually on November 2. It was created to honor an iconic dish of Levantine cuisine that is especially popular in Lebanon, as well is neighboring countries and centers of the Lebanese diaspora.

Cultural Worker's Day in Kyrgyzstan is celebrated on November 2 every year. This professional holiday was established by the government of Kyrgyzstan in 1995 and has been celebrated ever since.

Samoa celebrates its Arbor Day on the first Friday in November. It is an important ecological campaign aimed at fighting deforestation and saving the country's rainforest.


Dziady is an ancient Slavic festival dedicated to commemoration of the dead. It is still informally celebrated on Belarus on November 2.

On November 2, 1989 the Dakota Territory was divided into two states, North Dakota and South Dakota, both of which were admitted to the Union. The Dakotas observe the anniversary of this event as Statehood Day, although it is not a public holiday in either of the states.

Malaysia is a federal state, where the birthday of the head of each state is a public holiday in the respective state. However, many states celebrates the official head of the state’s birthday in lieu of the actual one, so that they won’t have to move the holiday when the sultan or governor inevitably changes at some point. For example, Sultan of Perak’s birthday is observed on the first Friday of November.


The National Deviled Egg Day is celebrated on November 2. This food-related holiday is dedicated to the dish known as deviled eggs, eggs mimosa, or stuffed eggs.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is an annual United Nations observance held on November 2. It was officially establishment by the UN General Assembly in 2013.


This Day in History

  • 2022 The Ethiopian government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) signed a ceasefire agreement that came into effect the following day, ending the Tigray War.
  • 2013 Died: Clifford Nass, American author and academic, co-creator of The Media Equation theory, and a renowned authority on human-computer interaction.
  • 2007 Estimated 100,000 people came to the streets of Tbilisi to demonstrate against the Georgian government.
  • 2002 Died: Charles Sheffield, English mathematician, physician and science-fiction author. He is best remembered for his novelette Georgina on My Mind that won him the Nebula and Hugo awards.
  • 2000 Died: Eva Morris, English supercentenarian, the oldest recognized person in the world by the Guinness Book of Records as of 2000. She died at the age of 107.
  • 1988 The Morris Worm, the first Internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, was launched from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 1981 Died: Wally Wood, American writer and artist, one of the founding cartoonists of the Mad magazine. He also worked on Marvel's Daredevil comics.
  • 1974 Born: Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., better known by his stage name Nelly, American singer and rapper. He rose to prominence at the beginning of the 2000s and produced number-one hits "Hot in Herre", "Dilemma", "Work It", "Party People", "Body on Me", "Gone".
  • 1974 78 people died when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea caught on fire. Several victims jumped from the 7th floor after a club official had barred the doors after the fire started.
  • 1966 Died: Peter Debye, Dutch-born American physicist and chemist. In 1936 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the study of molecular structure.
  • 1966 Born: David Schwimmer, American actor, director and producer, best known for the role as Ross Geller in the sitcom Friends. His later career includes roles in the films Six Days, Seven Nights, Run Fatboy Run, and the Madagascar series.
  • 1966 The Cuban Adjustment Act came into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
  • 1965 Born: Shah Rukh Khan, Indian actor, producer, often referred as King of Bollywood. He appeared in over 80 Indian films, becoming the world's biggest movie star and one of the richest actors in the world. He is one of the most influential people in India.
  • 1963 Died: Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnamese politician, the 1st President of the Republic of Vietnam. He was assassinated during a coup.
  • 1961 Born: k.d. lang (Kathryn Dawn Lang), Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Her best-known songs include "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine".
  • 1960 Died: Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek conductor, pianist and composer. He received international fame as a major conductor and composer of the 20th century. He was noted for having a photographic memory, that enabled him to conduct without a score.
  • 1950 Died: George Bernard Shaw, Irish author, playwright, and critic, one of the co-founders of the London School of Economics. He is mostly remembered for his plays, including his famous Pygmalion.
  • 1947 American designer Howard Hughes performed the maiden and only flight of the Spruce Goose (H-4 The Hercules), the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
  • 1944 Died: Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and engineer, a key figure in a team of chemists developing the tetraethyllead additive to gasoline. He received over a hundred of patents, but the negative environmental impact tarnished some of his inventions.
  • 1936 Prime Minister of Italy Benito Mussolini proclaimed the Rome-Berlin Axis, establishing the alliance of the Axis powers.
  • 1936 The British Broadcasting Corporation initiated the BBC Television Service, that became world's first regular service. In 1964 it was renamed BBC1 and it's still running to this day.
  • 1929 Born: Richard E. Taylor, Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons.
  • 1920 The first commercial radio station KDKA of Pittsburgh started broadcast in Pennsylvania. The broadcast was the result of the Untied States Presidential election.
  • 1898 Cheerleading was started at the University of Minnesota. Johnny Campbell lead the crowd in cheering on the football team.
  • 1868 New Zealand officially adopted a standard time to be observed nationally.
  • 1865 Born: Warren G. Harding, American politician, the 29th President of the United States, serving in office from March 4, 1921 to August 2, 1923.
  • 1818 Born: George Boole, English mathematician. He worked in the fields of differential equations and algebraic logic and he's best known for his book The Laws of Thought.
  • 1807 Died: Louis Auguste Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, French politician, the last Prime Minister of the Bourbon Monarchy. He was appointed by King Louis XVI only one hundred hours before the storming of the Bastille.
  • 1795 Born: James K. Polk, American politician, the 11th President of the USA serving in office from March 4, 1845 to March 4, 1849. He is listed as one of the greatest presidents due to his ability to set on agenda and achieve all of it.
  • 1755 Born: Marie Antoinette, Austrian-French wife of Louis XVI of France, Queen of France from 1774 to 1792. She is mostly associated with conservative and the Catholic Church positions, she is also a major culture icon.
  • 1734 Born: Daniel Boone, American pioneer, explorer. His frontier exploits made him one of the first fold heroes of the United States.
  • 1699 Born: Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter, a master of still life. He is noted for his genre paintings which depict kitchen maidens, children and domestic activities.