This week: Daylight Saving Time and Twitter’s IPO

Plus: Pick your protest on Tuesday. Photo: Harpers Bazaar / Historical Political cartoon

CHICAGO, November 3, 2013 — The Republican elephant made its debut this week, as did Parker Brothers’ game Monopoly. Something seems right about that.

Sunday, Nov. 3  Sandwich Day

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2013- Daylight Saving Time begins. Or ends. Whichever it is, set the clocks back an hour today.

1796- In the first contested presidential election (and yes, it was nasty), candidates from opposing political parties were elected President and Vice-President. John Adams (Federalist) was elected President while Vice-President went to Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican…Oooh, there’s an interesting political party!)

Monday, Nov. 4  Use your Common Sense Day (Although common sense would tell you to use it every day.)

2013- New Line Cinema and MGM present a global fan celebration in anticipation of next month’s release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Four host cities (Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington) will be linked via satellite with cinemas around the world as members of the cast and crew, including director Peter Jackson and Orlando Bloom reprising his role as Legolas, take questions and screen footage from the movie. The event will also be simulcast online.

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2008- For better or for worse, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.

Tuesday, Nov. 5  Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Day (Oh, those pesky Catholics.)

2013- Feel like protesting something? Today’s your day to take your pick: Anonymous plans to hack government websites across the globe. Occupy Baltimore will orchestrate a Citizen Action, not a protest, as citizens march on Washington D.C. to arrest the President, all members of Congress and all Supreme Court Justices. The Million Mask March will also take over the National Mall as well as government sites around the world. Guy Fawkes may have been caught just before lighting the fuse, but the sparks still linger.

1935- Parker Brothers introduced the game Monopoly. Earlier this year, Monopoly jumped into the 21st century when they retired the iron game piece and replaced it with the cat, the obvious choice of the Youtube generation.

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Wednesday, Nov. 6  Stress Awareness Day (unless being aware of your stress level causes more stress)

2013- With the ghost of Facebook’s botched IPO still hovering in the ether, Twitter launches their IPO today with share prices between $17 and $20.

1861- Jefferson Davis was elected Confederate President one year to the day after Abraham Lincoln was elected U.S. President.

Thursday, Nov. 7  Men Cook Dinner Day (It’s aimed at those who don’t, and grilling doesn’t count.)

2013- Chefs and home cooks from more than 10 countries will converge with thousands of spectators in Las Vegas for the World Food Championships, dubbed the highest-stakes food sport competition in the world. There’s a special category for bacon.

1874- Thomas Nast’s political cartoon in Harper’s Weekly was the first to show an elephant representing the Republican vote. The donkey the elephant is running away from represented the New York Herald, not the Democrats. Sure, it did.

Friday, Nov. 8  Dunce Day

2013- European Union member nations will decide today whether to allow the start of talks on a draft carbon-market fix. If whether or not to start talking is a major decision, it’s no wonder they are such a mess.

1933- High unemployment and an infrastructure in desperate need of help prompted President Franklin  D. Roosevelt to unveil his Civil Works Administration, which created short-term jobs that provided long-term fixes such as new and improved roads, schools, and building over 250,000 outhouses.

Saturday, Nov. 9  Chaos Never Dies Day

2013- China’s ruling Communist Party leaders will hold a four-day meeting, known as a plenum, for the third time since last year’s leadership change. According to Reuters, “People familiar with discussions about the meeting said last month that of a long list of proposed changes ljkely to be announced…, only financial reforms have garnered enough support to warrant a plan and a roadmap.” Look for strong reforms in finance, not so much in social welfare.

1927- The ancient legend of the Giant Panda was put to rest when they were photographed in 1869, but this is considered the day they were “discovered” by the western hemisphere. Bigfoot enthusiasts and Panda Cam lovers everywhere rejoice!

That’s what’s happening Here, There and Everywhere. Go make your day unique!

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In addition to her work at The Communities, Julia Goralka is a free-lance novel editor and has served as a volunteer board member or committee member for several local charitable organizations. Prior to writing and editing, Julia was the Division Coordinator for the interest rate derivatives marketing desk at a large financial institution based in Chicago.

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