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Calendar for November 4th, 2012

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time 2015 ends on Sunday, November 1 at 2 A.M. Before you go to bed on Saturday night, remember to "fall back" by setting your clocks back one hour. (The exceptions are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.) Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight. The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don't pay attention to clocks). During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

Every Year

  • Will Rogers Day

  • 1570s

  • Born 1575: Guido Reni (artist)

  • 1840s

  • Born 1841: Benjamin F. Goodrich (manufacturer)

  • 1842: Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married

  • Died 1847: Felix Mendelssohn (composer)

  • 1870s

  • 1873: The Royal Montreal Golf Club (oldest golf club in North America) was founded

  • 1877: An earthquake shook New York state, New England, and eastern Canada

  • 1877: An earthquake rang bells in the Notre Dame basilica in Montreal

  • Born 1879: Will Rogers (humorist)

  • 1879: The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio

  • 1880s

  • 1884: Grover Cleveland elected president of the U.S.

  • 1900s

  • 1909: Sergei Rachmaninoff's first piano recital in the U.S., Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

  • 1910s

  • Born 1916: Walter Cronkite (newscaster)

  • Born 1918: Art Carney (actor)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1929: Doris Roberts (actress)

  • Born 1929: Shakuntala Devi (computational genius)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1937: Loretta Swit (actress)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1946: Laura Bush (U.S. First Lady)

  • 1948: T. S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize for literature

  • 1950s

  • Died 1950: Grover Cleveland Alexander (baseball player)

  • 1952: Dwight D. Eisenhower elected president of the U.S.

  • Died 1955: Cy Young (baseball player)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: Ralph Macchio (actor)

  • Born 1962: Jeff Probst (host of Survivor)

  • Born 1969: Matthew McConaughey (actor)

  • Born 1969: Sean "Diddy" Combs (singer, record producer)

  • 1980s

  • 1980: Ronald Reagan elected president of U.S.

  • Died 1982: Dominique Dunne (actress)

  • 2000s

  • 2003: The biggest ever solar flare, sunspot 486, saturated X-ray detectors onboard GOES satellites for 11 minutes. It was estimated to be an X40-class solar flare

  • 2008: Senator Barack Obama was elected U.S. president. This marked the first time in U.S. history that an African American was elected to the position

  • Died 2008: Michael Crichton (author)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2011: Andy Rooney (news commentator)

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