Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holidays and Observances for November 19 2014

American Made Matters Day

American Made Matters Day is dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying made in USA products. The mission of American Made Matters Day is to educate consumers that buying US-made products strengthens the American Dream.

American Made Matters is an organization made up of over 260 member companies in 42 states and growing. Our members are manufacturers who represent various industries from apparel and toys to steel fabrication and cleaning supplies. Sponsors include American made retailers, patriotic organizations, and service providers who support our cause. We are a resource for consumers looking to find American made goods as well as a resource for our members and sponsors. American Made Matters is happy to make business to business introductions and has facilitated many collaborative efforts. We believe that by working together, American manufacturers, eCommerce websites and retail shops can better convey the message that American made truly matters!

The AMM logo can now be found on thousands of products that comply with our standards for made in America which means that at least 50% of the cost (labor, materials, and overhead) is incurred in the United States and the final assembly or transformation takes place in the U.S.

Are you an American manufacturer or retailer? Do you want to promote the importance of buying American made goods? If so, join our movement and help us change our country and our economy one purchase at a time.

American Made Matters was launched on July 4, 2009 by Don Rongione, President and CEO of Bollman Hat Company in Adamstown, PA. Rongione grew up in Philadelphia where his father, Nick, was a cutter in a coat making factory. Don’s father instilled in him the importance of American manufacturing and buying American made products. As CEO of Bollman, America's oldest hat maker, Rongione experienced the tragic decline of American manufacturing first hand when loss of major customers to foreign competition forced him to lay off 100 U.S. manufacturing employees. It was this experience that led Rongione to create an organization dedicated to educating consumers on just how important American manufacturing is to our country. With the help of a handful of US manufacturers, American Made Matters was born.
"We have the ability to change our economy and to strengthen our communities one purchase at a time. American consumers have tremendous economic clout and they need to realize the importance of buying American made goods. It only takes few seconds to look at a tag or to ask a sales person if they carry any made in USA brands. Many times you’ll be surprised that there isn’t much of a price difference, and American made goods are often better quality. With every purchase we have the ability to create jobs and better opportunities for our children and grandchildren." — Don Rongione
Equal Opportunity Day

On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing.  The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee's defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army's ultimate decline.

Charged by Pennsylvania's governor, Andrew Curtin, to care for the Gettysburg dead, an attorney named David Wills bought 17 acres of pasture to turn into a cemetery for the more than 7,500 who fell in battle. Wills invited Edward Everett, one of the most famous orators of the day, to deliver a speech at the cemetery's dedication. Almost as an afterthought, Wills also sent a letter to Lincoln—just two weeks before the ceremony—requesting "a few appropriate remarks" to consecrate the grounds.

At the dedication, the crowd listened for two hours to Everett before Lincoln spoke. Lincoln's address lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. This was his stirring conclusion: "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Reception of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was initially mixed, divided strictly along partisan lines. Nevertheless, the "little speech," as he later called it, is thought by many today to be the most eloquent articulation of the democratic vision ever written.

International Men's Day

International Men’s Day is annually held on November 19 to improve gender relations and promote unity.

International Men’s Day is a time for many people to reflect on the contributions, sacrifices and progress made by men in society. Such progress includes that of men working together with women to make educational, economic, social, and technological advances in society. Topics that may be discussed or showcased through various media, activities and events on the day may include:
  • Men’s and boys’ health.
  • The importance of gender equality.
  • Improvements towards gender relations in all societies.
  • Positive male role models for younger generations.
  • Men’s roles in community, family, relationships and childcare.
  • Healing and forgiveness.
Meetings, workshops or group gatherings may also be held on this day to focus on overcoming challenges such as domestic violence and drug abuse. International Men’s Day is supported by various organizations worldwide, including the United Nations (UN) and the Men's Network.

International Men’s Day focuses on improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, producing responsible males and highlighting positive male role models.  It also looks at addressing issues such as parenting, positive male role models, families and healthy life choices for men.

The inaugural International Men’s Day was held in Trinidad and Tobago on November 19 in 1999. Representatives from organizations such as the UN expressed support for the event, although it is not an official UN observance. A petition has called for the UN to make International Men’s Day an official UN observance in the interest of equality. International Women’s Day is also celebrated on March 8 each year.

The faces of positive male role models of all backgrounds, ages, and nations are seen in various promotions, such as posters, postcards and information booklets, on International Men’s Day.  Red roses have also been given to men to mark international Men's Day. Various messages and slogans that promote the day are also publicized during this time of the year.

National Blow Bagpipes Day

November 19, is National Blow Bagpipes Day.  When you think of bagpipes, it's likely that Scotland comes to mind. So you might be surprised to learn that the instrument does not have its origins in Scotland. There are some interesting and little-known facts about the bagpipes, including what they were made of, how they are played and even why they were once banned in Scotland.

Contrary to popular belief, the bagpipes did not originate in Scotland. However, it was Scotland that kept the instrument alive. As a result, it is Scotland that is most often associated with the instrument. While the exact origins of the bagpipes are disputed, the oldest reference to the now-famed instrument is from Asia Minor. The reference was carved on a stone slab dated back to 1000 BC. 

Bagpipes were eventually found in various countries all over the world, including India, Spain, France and even ancient Egypt. Historians are unsure as to whether the Scottish bagpipes were imported from Rome or if they were brought to the country from Ireland.

Each bagpipe consists of a chanter, a bag and one or more pipes, also known as drones. Today drones are typically made from hardwood, but in historic times they were constructed of bone or ivory. The bags were made from the skin of animals, including sheep, cows and goats.

A little-known fact about the history of bagpipes in Scotland is that the instrument was actually banned in the country -- once in 1560 and again in 1746. James Reid, a bagpipe musician, was executed for having a bagpipe during the ban. During 1746, bagpipes were considered war instruments. It is reported that during WWI more than 500 pipers were executed for playing the bagpipes

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day acknowledges the importance Americans place on their sweetened, caffeinated soda pop. 

In honor of National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day, let’s celebrate one of the rare and more unusual varieties of this distinct drink: Cheerwine. Popular in Southern Virginia and the Carolinas, this burgundy soda is best described as a mix between Dr. Pepper and cherry soda and is pretty hard to find anywhere else in the US. Not only is it delicious, it’s got caffeine too, so you may just be able to make this super sweet soda you’re new wake up call! 

Not every Fun Food Holiday is in recognition of foods or beverages that are necessarily good for you. Maybe that's what puts the "fun" in them!

Some people cannot have caffeine due to medical reasons, some choose to avoid caffeine for their own reasons and then there are the millions of people who like their caffeine very much.  The same is true with the carbonation in beverages.  Today’s celebration combines the two of them together.

In 1767, Englishman Joseph Priestly suspended a bowl of distilled water above a beer vat at a local brewery in Leeds, England which led to the discovery of a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide to make carbonated water.  Priestly’s invention of carbonated water is the major and the defining component of most soft drinks.

Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness.  Ninety percent of adults in North America consume caffeine daily.   Some people notice sleep disruption  after drinking beverages containing caffeine while others see no disturbance at all.

Today, celebrate National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day with YOUR favorite carbonated, caffeine beverage.

National Educational Support Professionals Day

Education Support Professionals Day is part of NEA’s 89th annual American Education Week celebration, taking place this year November 14-20. Education Support Professionals Day was first celebrated in 1987 after NEA’s Representative Assembly, the Association’s decision-making body of nearly 10,000 member delegates, called for creating a way to honor the contributions of all school support staff.  ESP Day is observed on Wednesday of American Education Week.

Schools across the country are joining the National Education Association and its 3.2 million members today in celebrating Education Support Professionals Day. Among the day’s events and activities are appreciation breakfasts, luncheons and other celebrations to honor the individuals who work behind the scenes to support students and help schools run smoothly.

Education support professionals drive the buses, clean the buildings, prepare the meals, and bandage the scraped knees. They also include the security guards, paraeducators, office assistants and technicians. ESPs are the first to arrive at school and the last to leave, and schools couldn’t operate without them.Even though they make up more than 40 percent of all public school employees, their role in supporting students and teachers is often overlooked.

“Education support professionals are public education’s unsung heroes,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “The public rarely hears about the positive impact they have on a school community. But the students get it. They know they can depend on the school nurse, the bus driver, the custodian and other school staff who care deeply about them.”

To honor ESPs locally, Van Roekel, along with ESP of the Year Helen Cottongim and NEA ESP Chair Laura Montgomery, visited Mt. Vernon Community School in Alexandria, Va., and listened to students reading thank-you notes to their favorite school staff member. Earlier in the morning, NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle, Cottongim and Montgomery visited Alexandria’s John Adams Elementary where they hosted an appreciation breakfast for school support staff.

“Education support professionals should be recognized not only today but on every single day of the year,” said Cottongim, a school bus driver from Kentucky. “They do more than just provide nutritious meals and transportation. They are positive role models and play a key role in making public schools great for every child. Today serves as a reminder for students, parents and community members to thank their education support professionals who so greatly impact the lives of students every day.”

More than 78 percent of ESPs are responsible for student and staff safety. On average, they have more than a decade of experience and work more than 40 hours a week. A recent NEA survey of its ESP members found that most (86 percent) are female and their average age is 51. The survey also found:
  • 80 percent work full time;
  • 72 percent work in a school building;
  • 43 percent work in a preschool, kindergarten or elementary school;
  • 60 percent live in a small town or rural area;
  • 53 percent provide care to students with special needs;
  • 61 percent give money (an average of $170 per year) out of their own pockets to help students with things such as classroom supplies and field trips.
Celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving, American Education Week began in 1921 with the NEA and the American Legion as cosponsors. The goal was to generate public awareness and support for education because of concerns over illiteracy. A year later, the U.S. Office of Education signed on, and the PTA followed in 1938.

Cosponsors now include the U.S. Department of Education, National PTA, the American Legion, the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the American School Counselor Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National School Public Relations Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

National Have a Bad Day Day

November 19th this year is ‘Have a Bad Day’ Day. I know, this sounds a little awkward because it is the opposite of what we normally want people to do. This is just one day that people have an excuse to have a bad day. You can tell yourself that it’s okay for today. You shouldn't go looking for bad luck or trouble or anything, but if things do happen, this would be why!

This day was actually created because people know that sales people always say have a nice/good day when they are done with their sales pitch. This gets repetitive for people to say and to hear. So, during this day, salespeople should say the exact opposite, ‘Have a bad day.’ This will throw people off guard and will be something totally different than the norm. People from actually seem to have created this day for a purpose like this.

So, whatever you’re doing on this day, be sure to tell them to have a bad day. Many of you in the state of Wisconsin will be sitting in deer stands trying to bag that big buck. Tell each other to have a bad day in the stand. Who knows, maybe the reverse logic will make the deer come in! Wives, this is your time to tell your husbands to have a bad day and it will be okay!

Play Monopoly Day

Did you know that today is Play Monopoly Day? It is celebrated every year on November 19th. I have fond memories of playing Monopoly growing up. Monopoly is a good game of strategy and teaches the basics of being a financial mogul. However, the game usually takes way too long for someone to actually win!

Monopoly is an American-originated board game originally published by Parker Brothers. Subtitled "The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game", the game is named after the economic concept of monopoly—the domination of a market by a single entity. It is produced by the United States game and toy company Hasbro. Players move around the gameboard buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy.

The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903, when an American woman named Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips created a game through which she hoped to be able to explain the single tax theory of Henry George (it was intended as an educational tool to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies). Her game, The Landlord's Game, was self-published, beginning in 1906. A series of variant board games based on her concept were developed from 1906 through the 1930s that involved the buying and selling of land and the development of that land.

By 1933, a board game called Monopoly had been created which formed the basis of the game sold by Parker Brothers, beginning in 1935. Several people, mostly in the Midwestern United States and near the East Coast, contributed to the game's design and evolution, and this is when the game's design took on the 4×10 space-to-a-side layout and familiar cards were produced. The original version of the game in this format was based on Atlantic City, New Jersey. By the 1970s, the idea that the game had been created solely by Charles Darrow had become popular folklore: it was printed in the game's instructions and even in the 1974 book The Monopoly Book: Strategy and Tactics of the World's Most Popular Game by Maxine Brady.

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day is a global effort to boost people’s understanding of COPD and advocate for better care for patients. It is annually held the second or third Wednesday of November.

Various health care organizations, educators, government agencies, and patient groups worldwide work together to promote World COPD Day on the second or third Wednesday of November each year.  Activities include:
  • Educational evenings for COPD patients and the general public.
  • COPD Care Days involving scheduled appointments and counseling sessions.
  • Openings for COPD education or health clinics.
  • Free pulmonary function tests.
  • Outpatient education sessions on quitting smoking.
  • Talk show radio programs on dealing with COPD.
  • Bus tours that local physicians organize to bring COPD education and management in remote areas.
The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the United Nations’ (UN) directing and coordinating authority for health, to promote World COPD Day.

About 210 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the 2007 WHO estimates. WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. Key risk factors for COPD are tobacco smoking, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and exposure to occupational dusts and chemicals. The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Each year organizers in more than 50 countries worldwide participate in the day.

The World COPD Day logo is featured in promotional material for the event. It features a figure of a person, with arms stretched out and the figure’s lungs highlighted, in front of a globe. The inside of the globe is blue and marked by grids and the globe’s outer part is highlighted in red. The words “World COPD Day” are written on the right side of the image of the figure and globe. A straight, black vertical line marks a fine separation between the image and the text.

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is a United Nations (UN) observance, on November 19, that highlights a serious problem – 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation.

Each year thousands of people join in on promoting World Toilet Day via social media campaigns, online petitions, and by getting involved in a range of events held in different countries worldwide.

The provision of proper toilets could save the lives of more than 200,000 children in the world, according to the UN. The countries where open defecation is most widely practiced are the same countries with the highest numbers of under-five child deaths, high levels of under-nutrition and poverty, and large wealth disparities. Moreover, over one billion people defecate in the open due to lack of proper toilet facilities.

International organizations, particularly the World Toilet Organization, have promoted World Toilet Day for years. In 2013, the UN officially recognized November 19 as World Toilet Day in a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority. It deemed the practice of open-air defecation as “extremely harmful” to public health.

More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. However, only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines – meaning that 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation.