Sadie Hawkins Day
Cartoonist Al Capp, creator of the Li'l Abner cartoon strip, conceived of a day in fictitious Dogpatch, USA, when all unmarried ladies (including the character Sadie Hawkins) could pursue their men. If the men were caught, marriage was unavoidable. The idea took off in real life—and in November 1938, the first recorded "girls-ask-boys" Sadie Hawkins Day dance was held. Today, the observance is usually celebrated on a Saturday in early November.
All Saints' Day
Month of NovemberNovember comes from the Latin word novem, meaning "nine," because it was the ninth month of the early Roman calendar.
1512: Michelangelo's fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was unveiled
1755: Great earthquake at Lisbon, Portugal, accompanied by fire and flood, killed between sixty and ninety thousand people and destroyed the city
Born 1757: Antonio Canova (sculptor)
Born 1757: George Rapp (religious leader)
Born 1818: James Renwick, Jr. (architect)
1848: The first medical school for women opened in Boston, Massachusetts, founded by Samuel Gregory
1870: First national weather service in U.S. began operation
Born 1871: Stephen Crane (author)
Born 1941: Robert Foxworth (actor)
1941: Rainbow Bridge, an international bridge at Niagara Falls, opens to the public
1941: US President Franklin Roosevelt places United States Coast Guard under Navy control.
1950: Two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate President Harry Truman following a week of political unrest on the island
1952: In Toronto, CBLT made its first hockey TV broadcast as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2
Born 1957: Lyle Lovett (singer)
1957: The Mackinac Bridge, connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, opened to traffic
1959: Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante put on a face mask and became the first NHL goalie to regularly use face protection
Born 1960: Fernando Valenzuela (baseball player)
Born 1963: Rick Allen (drummer of Def Leppard)
Born 1967: Sophie B. Hawkins (musician)
1969: Elvis Presley scored his first number-one hit in more than seven years with "Suspicious Minds." It would be his last
Died 1972: Ezra Pound (poet)
Born 1972: Toni Collette (actress)
1972: The Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey changes its name to Exxon Corp
Died 1979: Mamie Eisenhower (U.S. First Lady)
1993: Boston Bruins' Ray Bourque signs a five-year, $12 million contract
Died 2007: Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. (pilot of U.S. B-29 Superfortress bomber Enola Gay, whose crew dropped first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, during WWII. Bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" was dropped on August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m. local time.)
2010: The San Francisco Giants won the World Series. It was the first time the Giants won a World Series since relocating from New York to San Francisco at the close of the 1957 season.