Did You Know? Fun Facts About November

1- The French painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born on November 24, 1864. He is most famous for his very colorful paintings of Parisian nightlife.

2- Australian men have the long standing tradition of growing mustaches in November. And they are not alone in this curious custom. Canada observes No Shave Month and the US designates November as National Beard Month. Curiouser and curiouser! 

3- Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift were both born in November. Are you familiar with their works? You might enjoy Gulliver’s Travels by Swift and The Prince and the Pauper by Twain.

4- In November of 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, one of the best-known speeches in American history. 

5- Everyone has heard of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” celebration, but  in Finland, November is marked as “Marraskuu”, which means “Month of the Dead.” Here in the US, November 1st is celebrated as “All Saints Day”, a day to celebrate all saints both known and unknown. People also mark the day to warmly remember deceased friends and family members.

6- On November 18, 1963, the Bell Telephone Company introduced the push button phone. It was quite the new and hip invention of the time and replaced the rotary dial phone in most homes. My, how things have changed!

7- On November 4, 1825, The Erie Canal opened for the first time in New York. The canal crosses east to west and originally ran about 363 miles from Albany, on to the Hudson River, to Buffalo and Lake Erie. In 1905, Thomas Allen wrote a song about the Erie Canal called “Low Bridge”. In recent years, New Jersey native 
Bruce Springsteen recorded a version of the song and you can hear it here.