• November begins on the same day
    of the week as March every year and
    also February except in leap years.
  • November's flower is the
  • November's birthstone is the citrine
    or topaz (yellow).
  • November in the Northern
    Hemisphere is the seasonal
    equivalent to May in the Southern
    Hemisphere and vice versa.

    Aviation History Month
    Have someone bring in model airplanes.  
    Bring in a speaker who is or was a pilot.  
    Someone who flew planes in wartime
    would be interesting.  Ask the residents
    about early airplanes and if they ever flew in
    an airplane (when?  what kind?  where?)  
    Show an airplane movie like "The Spirit of
    St. Louis" or "Strategic Air Command."

    Christmas Seals© Campaign

    Diabetic Eye Disease Month
    Have a health check day for eyes

    Flu Awareness Month

    Friendship Month
    Perhaps you could start a "secret pal" club
    for the residents (maybe you could include
    the staff)

    Geography Month
    A good game would be to identify the states
    and/or nations.  Check with the National
    Geographic website for free maps to

    Good Nutrition Month

    Jewish Book Month

    Leftover Month
    Discuss with the residents what they used
    to do with leftovers.  You'll get some
    interesting ideas from those who went
    through the depression of the 1930's.

    National Adoption Month

    National Alzheimer's Awareness
    Visit:  Alzheimer's

    National American Indian
    Heritage Month
    Bring in the Indian's.  The culture is
    fascinating.  If you have any historians or
    tribes in your area, invite them in to show
    their native costumes and crafts and to
    discuss their heritage.

    National Caregivers Month
    Honor those who are caregivers...not only
    professionals, but those who are family
    members of people with disabilities.  
    Honor them around your
    facility...make friends.  Contact your local
    Caregiver Support Group and invite them in
    to visit with the residents and staff.  Visit:  

    National Diabetes Month
    Encourage the residents and staff to do
    what they can to raise some funds for your
    local chapter of the American Diabetes
    Association.  Have sugar checks.  Visit:  

    National Epilepsy Month

    National Giving Thanks & Living
    In Harmony Month

    National Home Health Care Month
    Honor your local Home Health Care people
    and offer help...maybe include some of
    their clients in your activities program.  
    Visit:   NAHC

    National Hospice Month
    Visit:  Hospice

    National Peanut Butter Lover's
    You know what to do..."I love peanut butter;
    creamy peanut butter; chunky peanut
    butter...too!"  Cookies, pies, cakes, fudge,
    sandwiches, 1001 creative.  
    Visit:  Peanut Butter Lovers

    National Pepper Month
    It's getting colder so think chili, tacos, taco
    salad...anything with peppers.  These
    foods also make good fund raiser items
    within the facility.

    National Raisin Bread Month

    National (Postage) Stamp
    Collecting Month
    Invite a stamp collector to come in and
    display their collection and/or talk about
    stamps with the residents.  Talk to
    residents about stamps

    National Stroke Education &
    Awareness Month

    One Nation Under God Month

    Real Jewelry Month

    Famous Weeks in


    American Art Week

    French Conversation Week

    National Card & Letter Writing

    National Fig Week

    National Notary Public Week

    Tie One on for Safety Campaign

    World Communication Week


    American Education Week

    Bladder Health Week

    International Week of Science
    and Peace (UN)

    Key Club International Week

    National Chemistry Week

    National Children's Book Week

    National Eating Disorders Week

    National Geography Awareness

    National Home Health Aide Week

    National Medical Records Week

    National Notary Public Week

    National Osteopathic Medicine

    National Radiological Technology

    National Split Pea Soup Week

    Random Acts of Kindness Week

    Red Flannel Days (Michigan)

    World Mutual Services Week


    Book Week

    National Adoption Week

    National Bible Week

    National Culinary Week

    National Family Week

    National Farm/City Week

    National Game and Puzzle Week

    National Geography Awareness

    National Leftover Awareness

    Operating Room Nurse Week


    Make Up Your Own Week

    National Cookie Week

    National Games and Puzzles Week

    National Home Care Week

November 1st:

  • Larry Flynt  
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Fernando Valenzuela  

November 2nd:

  • Marie Antoinette
  • Daniel Boone
  • Warren Harding
  • Burt Lancaster
  • K. D. Lang
  • James Polk  

November 3rd:

  • Adam Ant
  • Roseanne Barr, 1952
  • Ken Berry
  • Charles Bronson, 1921 (Actor best
    known for his role in the Death Wish
    movies.) Died August 30, 2003 from
    pneumonia and Alzheimer's
    Disease at the age of 81. Born
    Charles Buchinski on November 3,
    1921 in Ehrenfeld, PA and was
    married to Harriet Tendler, actress
    Jill Ireland (who died in 1990) and
    Kim Weeks. Web site: www.charles-
  • Dennis Miller, 1952
  • John Montague, Fourth Earl of
    Sandwich, creator of the sandwich  

November 4th:

  • Laura Bush, First Lady, married to
    George W. Bush the 43rd US
    President. Mrs. Bush was born on
    November 4, 1946, in Midland,
    Texas. For bio, see the White
    House Web
  • Art Carney, 1918 - Actor (The
    Honeymooners) Born 11/4/1918 in
    Mr. Vernon NY. Died 11/9/2003 in
    Chester, CT at the age of 85.
  • Sean Combs, 1969 (Puff Daddy)
  • Walter Cronkite, 1916
  • Ralph Maccio
  • Matthew McConaughey, 1969
  • Markie Post
  • Will Rogers, 1879 - Actor, Writer
  • Loretta Swit, 1937 - Actress, well
    known for her role in M*A*S*H.
  • Yanni

November 5th:

  • Bryan Adams, 1959
  • Art Garfunkel, 1941
  • Vivien Leigh
  • Peter Noone, 1947 - Musician -
    Herman's Hermits
  • Tatum O'Neal
  • Roy Rogers, 1912 - Actor, Singer -
    Roy Rogers was born Leonard Slye
    on November 5, 1911 in Duck Run,
    Ohio. He died July 6, 1998 in Apple
    Valley, California. Official Web site
  • Sam Shepard, 1943
  • Paul Simon
  • Elke Sommer
  • Ike Turner

November 6th:

  • Sally Field, 1946
  • Ethan Hawke, 1970
  • Thandie Newton, 1972
  • Maria Shriver, 1955
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Pat Tillman, Athlete - born Patrick
    Daniel Tillman on November 6,
    1976 in San Jose, CA. Gave up a
    career in the NFL to serve his
    country. Died in Afghanistan on April
    22, 2004. www.pattillmanfoundation.

November 7th:

  • Madame Curie
  • Billy Graham, 1918
  • Al Hirt
  • Jason London, 1972
  • Jeremy London, 1972
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Joan Sutherland  

November 8th:

  • Margaret Mitchell, 1900. Author of
    Gone With The Wind - born in
    Atlanta. Died August 15, 1949 - hit
    by a taxi five days earlier.
  • Patti Page, 1927 - born Clara Ann
    Fowler in Claremore, Oklahoma,
    1927. Web site: www.misspattipage.
  • Parker Posey, 1968 - Actress
  • Bonnie Raitt, 1949: www.bonnieraitt.
  • Morley Safer, 1931 (60 Minutes)
  • Courtney Thorne Smith, 1967 (Born
    in San Francisco, Actress - Day By
    Day, Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, etc.
  • Alfre Woodard, 1953. Actress. Born
    in Tulsa, Oklahoma

November 9th:

  • Spiro Theodore Agnew, 1918 - 39th
    US Vice President (1969-1973)
    under Richard Nixon. Second VP to
    resign from office. Former Governor
    of MD. Born November 9, 1918 in
    Baltimore, MD. Died September 17,
    1996 in Ocean City, MD.
  • Carl Edward Sagan, American
    astronomer.  Born November 9,
    1934 in Brooklyn NY.  He died
    December 20, 1996. www.
  • Sisqo, 1975

November 10th:

  • Richard Burton, 1925-1984 - Actor
  • MacKenzie Phillips, 1959 - Actress,
    American Graffiti, TV Series One
    Day At A Time, born in Alexandria,
  • Claude Rains, 1889. Actor, born in
    London. Died May 30, 1967 in
    Laconia, New Hampshire of an
    intestinal hemorrhage.
  • Roy Scheider, 1932. Actor - Jaws,
    All That Jazz, SeaQuest & more.

November 11th:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974
  • Calista Flockhart, 1964
  • Demi Moore, 1962
  • George Patton
  • Jonathan Winters

November 12th:

  • Nadia Comaneci
  • Tonya Harding
  • Grace Kelly, 1929-1982 - Actress
    and married Prince Ranier of
    Monaco in 1956.
  • Grace Kelly, 1929 in Philadelphia
    PA. She died September 14, 1982
    in a car accident. She was married
    to Prince Ranier III of Monaco.
  • Stephanie Powers
  • David Schwimmer
  • Sammy Sosa, 1968
  • Neil Young, 1945  

November 13th:

  • Whoopie Goldberg, 1949
  • Joe Mantegna, 1947
  • Gary Marshall, 1934
  • Chris Noth, 1956
  • Robert Louis Stevenson  

November 14th:

  • Prince Charles, 1948
  • Kin Hussein of Jordan
  • Brian Keith
  • Dick Powell
  • Laura San Giacomo, 1961
  • McLean Stevenson, Actor (M*A*S*H)
    died 2/15/05. He was born
    11/14/1929 in Normal IL.

November 15th:

  • Edward Asner
  • Petula Clark
  • Kevin Eubanks, 1957
  • Sam Waterson, 1940

November 16th:

  • Ed Asner
  • Ray Coniff
  • Dwight Gooden, 1964
  • Marg Helgenberger, 1958
  • Burgess Meredith  

November 17th:

  • Gene Clark, Musician - Byrd's, The
    New Christy Minstrels, etc. - Born
    Harold Eugene Clark on November
    17, 1944 in Tipton, Missouri. Died
    May 24, 1991. Web site: http://ebni.
  • Howard Dean - Politician, former
    governor of Vermont. Born Howard
    Brush Dean III on November 17,
  • Danny Devito, 1944
  • Daisy Fuentes, 1966
  • Rock Hudson, 1925 (Died 1985.)
  • Lauren Hutton, 1943
  • Gordon Lightfoot, 1938
  • Lorne Michaels, 1944
  • Martin Scorsese, 1942
  • Tom Seaver, 1944
  • Lee Strasberg, Director. Born
    November 17, 1901. (Died 1982.)

November 18th:

  • Imogene Coca, 1908. Actress,
    comedienne. Born in Philadelphia,
    PA. Died June 2, 2001.
  • Linda Evans, 1942. Actress - The
    Big Valley, Dynasty and more. Born
    Linda Evanstad in Hartford,
  • Mickey Mouse, 1928  
  • Minnie Mouse, 1928  
  • Alan Shephard, 1923-1998 -
    Astronaut - first American in space,
    played golf on moon.
  • Sinbad, 1956. Comedian, born
    David Adkins in Benton Harbor,
  • Brenda Vaccaro, 1939. Actress.
    Born in Brooklyn, NY but raised in
    Dallas, TX.  

November 19th:

  • Dick Cavett, 1936. Actor, TV
    Personality. Born in Gibbon,
  • Tommy Dorsey, 1905 - Musician
    (died Nov. 26, 1956)
  • Jodie Foster, 1962 - Actress. Born
    in Los Angeles.
  • Indira Gandhi, 1917. Former Prime
    Minister of India. Assassinated
    October 31, 1984.
  • James A. Garfield, 20th US
    President (March 4, 1881 to
    September 19, 1881 -
  • Larry King, 1933 - born Lawrence
    Harvey Ziegler in Brooklyn NY.
  • Calvin Klein, 1942 - Fashion
  • Warren "Pete" Moore, The Miracles -
    born November 19, 1939 in Detroit,
  • Meg Ryan, 1961. Actress, born in
    Fairfield, CT.
  • Ted Turner, 1938 - Founder of CNN,
    Turner Classic Movies, owner of
    Atlanta Braves, philanthropist.
  • Alan Young, Actor - played Wilbur
    Post on Mr. Ed)

November 20th:

  • Richard Dawson
  • Bo Derek, 1956
  • Veronica Hammel (actress - Hill
    Street Blues)
  • Robert F. Kennedy, 1925
  • Dick Smothers, 1938 (The
    Smothers Brothers - Official Web

November 21st:

  • Troy Aikman
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Marlo Thomas  

November 22nd:

  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Rodney Dangerfield, 1922
    (comedian) best known for never
    getting any respect. Died Tuesday
    10/10/04 after heart surgery at the
    age of 82. Official Web site: www.
  • Charles DeGaulle
  • Mariel Hemmingway
  • Billy Jean King
  • Robert Vaughn  

November 23rd:

  • Billy the Kid  
  • Boris Karloff
  • Harpo Marx
  • Franklin Pierce

November 24th:

  • William F. Buckley
  • Dale Carnegie
  • Scott Joplin
  • Bat Masterson

November 25th:

  • Christina Applegate
  • Joe DiMaggio, 1914-1999 -
    Baseball Hall of Fame, married to
    Marilyn Monroe
  • Amy Grant
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • John Larroquette
  • Ricardo Montalban  

November 26th:

  • Robert Goulet
  • Rich Little
  • Charles M. Schultz, Cartoonist,
    Creator of Peanuts Cartoon - born
    November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis,
    Minnesota. He died February 12,
    2000.  The last original strip ran on
    February 13, 2000 - Schulz had died
    at 9:45PM the night before. www. and www.
  • Eric Severeid  
  • Tina Turner

November 27th:

  • Jimi Hendrix, 1942 - Musician, born
    November 27, 1942. Died
    September 18, 1970 at the age of
  • Bruce Lee
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Eddie Rabbitt, 1947 (Singer) Born
    November 27, 1941. Died May 7,
    1998 from lung cancer.

November 28th:

  • Hope Lange, 2003 (Actress - TV
    Series "The Ghost & Mrs. Muier.")
    Born Hope Elise Ross Lange on
    November 28, 1931 in Redding
    Ridge, CT. Died December 19,
    2003 from colitis at the age of 70.
  • Randy Newman

November 29th:

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • C.S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles
    of Narnia, etc. Born November 29,
  • Howie Mandel
  • Chuck Mangione
  • Garry Shandling  

November 30th:

  • Winston Churchill - born November
    30, 1874, died January 24, 1965 in
  • Dick Clark
  • Richard Crenna, Actor & Director.
    Born November 30, 1926 in Los
    Angeles, California.  He died
    January 17, 2003 in Los Angeles
    from pancreatic cancer.  We best
    remember him as Luke McCoy on
    The Real McCoys.)  He also played
    in the TV series "It Takes Two" with
    Patty Duke, and many other roles.
  • Robert Guillaume
  • Billy Idol, 1955
  • G. Gordon Liddy
  • Mark Twain
  • Efrem Zimbalist, Jr

All Saints' Day, Nov. 1. A Roman Catholic
and Anglican holiday celebrating all saints,
known and unknown.

Election Day (legal holiday in certain
states). Since 1845, by act of Congress,
the first Tuesday after the first Monday in
November is the date for choosing
presidential electors. State elections are
also generally held on this day.

Veterans Day: Originally called Armistice
Day, this holiday was established to honor
Americans who had served in World War I.
It falls on
November 11, the day when that
war ended in 1918, but it now honors
veterans of all wars in which the United
States has fought. Veterans' organizations
hold parades, and the president
customarily places a wreath on the Tomb
of the Unknowns at Arlington National
Cemetery, across the Potomac River from
Washington, D.C.

Thanksgiving Day A federal holiday
the fourth Thursday in
November by act of Congress (1941), it
was the first such national proclamation
issued by President Lincoln in 1863, on the
urging of Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, editor of
Godey's Lady's Book. Most Americans
believe that the holiday dates back to the
day of thanks ordered by Governor Bradford
Plymouth Colony in New England in
1621, but scholars point out that days of
thanks stem from ancient times.
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