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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, this quirky holiday is usually celebrated in November. The Almanac uses the first Saturday in November but the date can vary.

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.

  • 2016: The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908

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