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Calendar for November 2nd, 2014

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 This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don't pay attention to clocks).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

  • All Souls' Day

  • Born : Cookie Monster (character on Sesame Street)

  • The Day of the Dead (Mexico)

  • 1730s

  • Born 1734: Daniel Boone (frontiersman)

  • 1750s

  • Born 1755: Marie Antoinette (Queen of France)

  • 1790s

  • Born 1795: James Polk (11th U.S. president)

  • 1860s

  • Born 1865: Warren G. Harding (29th U.S. president)

  • 1870s

  • Born 1877: Aga Khan III (religious leader)

  • 1880s

  • Born 1885: Harlow Shapley (astronomer)

  • 1889: North and South Dakota admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states

  • 1910s

  • Born 1911: Odysseus Elytis (poet)

  • Born 1913: Burt Lancaster (actor)

  • 1917: Balfour Declaration states the British objective of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine

  • 1920s

  • 1920: Radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcast the first commercial news, featuring the returns of the Harding-Cox presidential election

  • 1930s

  • 1936: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was established

  • 1940s

  • Born 1944: Keith Emerson (musician)

  • 1947: Howard Hughes' Hercules (aka Spruce Goose) plane flew one mile. Its wingspan was 320 feet

  • 1950s

  • Died 1950: George Bernard Shaw (playwright)

  • Born 1958: Willie Dean McGee (baseball player)

  • 1959: Game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted to a House Sub-Committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance when he appeared on the quiz show Twenty-One

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: k.d. lang (singer)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1974: Orlando Cabrera (baseball player)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1998: Bob Trow (actor, best known for his portrayal of gibberish-talking Robert Troll and Bob Dog on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood)

  • 2000s

  • 2004: President George W. Bush won re-election over Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry

  • 2008: Record-breaking pinata measured 60 feet long and 23 feet 10.5 inches wide

  • 2010s

  • 2014: Nik Wallenda set two world records with two high-wire walks between Chicago skyscrapers without safety equipment. The first walk was 454 feet long, at a 19 degree incline, starting at 588 feet high and ending at 671 feet high. The second walk, done blindfold, was 94 feet long and 543 feet high.

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