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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Traditionally, Indian Summer or β€œSecond Summer” happens in November when a period of warm weather follows a cold spell or hard frost. Although there are differing dates for its occurence, for more than 230 years, the Almanac has adhered to the old saying, β€œIf All Saints’ (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin’s (November 11) brings out winter.” So we use November 11 to 20.

Learn more about the origins of Indian Summer.

Remembrance Day in Canada is a day to honor the Canadian men and women who have died in service to their country. Poppies are often worn in remembrance.

The date, November 11, marks the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918. Traditionally, on Remembrance Day, two minutes of silence are observed at 11:00 a.m., the same time when World War I hostilities ended (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month), according to an armistice agreement signed by Germany and the Allies.

Originally Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918, this federal holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. At that time, it became a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States. Each year, special ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Consider spending some time on-line learning more about our nation’s veterans. The Great War Society has developed a Web site devoted to World War I educational materials. The World War II Memorial celebrates the victory of β€œthe greatest generation” with a design that uses moving water to harmonize with its natural surroundings. Visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial online; this moving memorial, dedicated in 1995, is the latest addition to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. See a registry of all the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington. Learn more about the military men and women who are on duty today.”

Question of the Day

How big a turkey should I buy if I’m intending to feed ten people?
You should count on about one pound per person, precooked. This may turn out to be more than necessary, but better safe than without leftovers.

Advice of the Day

Caraway seeds keep pigeons from straying.

Home Hint of the Day

Treat really stubborn stains in marble with fresh hydrogen peroxide and a couple of drops of ammonia. (Peroxide loses strength as it ages — check the expiration date on the label.) Pour the mixture on the stain and let sit for several minutes. Then wash, rinse, and wipe dry.

Word of the Day

The letters signified by the signal ( … – … ) prescribed by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1908 for use by ships in distress. SOS was chosen as the universal distress signal because this combination of three dots followed by three dashes followed by three dots (…–…), was easy to send and easily recognized, especially since they were usually sent as a nine-character signal, which stood out against the background of three-character Morse Code letters. The letters themselves are meaningless. SOS does not stand for Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, Stop Other Signals, or Sure Of Sinking.

Puzzle of the Day

What is the longest word in the English language?
Smiles, because there is a mile between the first and last letters.


  • Abigail Adams (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky (author) –
  • Maude Adams (actress) –
  • George S. Patton, Jr. (army general) –
  • Pat O'Brien (actor) –
  • Howard Fast (author) –
  • Kurt Vonnegut (author) –
  • Jonathan Winters (actor) –
  • Carlos Fuentes (author) –
  • Fuzzy Zoeller (golfer) –
  • Stanley Tucci (actor) –
  • Demi Moore (actress) –
  • Calista Flockhart (actress) –
  • Leslie Mann (actress) –
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (actor) –
  • Christa B. Allen (actress) –


  • Nat Turner (A deeply religious enslaved man who in August 1831 led a violent rebellion of enslaved people in Southampton County, Virginia ) –
  • SΓΈren Kierkegaard (philosopher) –
  • Mary Kay Bergman (voice actress) –
  • Yasser Arafat (Palestinian leader who sought a homeland for his people) –
  • Delbert Mann (director) –
  • Douglas Rain (Canadian actor) –


  • The founding grant for Stanford University was signed, Palo Alto, California–
  • Washington admitted to the Union as the 42nd state–
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier dedicated, Arlington, Virginia–
  • The Vietnam Women’s Memorial was dedicated, Washington, D.C.–
  • George Bowering became the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate in Canada–
  • Transit of Mercury.–


  • Oklahoma City reached a record high temperature of 83 degrees F, before plunging 66 degrees to a record low of 17 degrees F that evening–
  • The Armistice Day Storm killed more than 100 people and dumped 17 inches of snow on Iowa and nearly 29 inches on Duluth, Minnesota–

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