In the United States, November is a month for Thanksgiving, a national holiday for people to celebrate their blessings throughout the year. November is also the month when the First World War officially ended, along with other historical events. Here are some interesting November facts to make your day.

1. It Was the Ninth Month of the Romulus Calendar

The Romulus calendar was used by the Roman Republic and Kingdom around 750 BC. At the time, mensis November was the ninth month and had 29 days. Following a reform that resulted in the 12-month calendar, the month retained its name but was moved to the 11th month, which has 30 days.

2. November Is a No Shave Month

Especially for men, no-shave November is an initiative to educate people about cancer prevention, assist those already fighting the disease, and help save lives through donations. Abstaining from shaving is a sign of embracing body hair, which cancer patients usually lose. Participants are required to donate all the money they would have otherwise used on grooming. The month has a noticeable effect on razor sales.

3. Most Presidents of the United States Were Born in November

Six past United States Presidents (including the current one) were born in November. It is joint top, alongside October, with six. They include James K. Polk, James A. Garfield, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Pierce, and Joe Biden.

4. World War 1 Ended on the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

World War 1 ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, a day after Romania had reentered the fight. In the United States, the day is celebrated as Veterans Day. People remember how the war ended; it is sometimes referred to as Armistice Day.

5. Reverend Jim Jones Led about 900 Members to Mass Suicide in November 1978

Reverend James Warren Jones, famously known as Jim Jones, was a cult leader who led the Peoples Temple from 1955 to 1978. On November 18, 1978, he tragically orchestrated a mass suicide of about 900 people in what he called a “revolutionary suicide.”

6. There Is an Internet Challenge in November That Requires Participants to Abstain from Having Sex

Started in 2011, No Nut November is an internet challenge that requires participants to abstain from sex during the entire month. Often abbreviated “NNN,” the challenge gained popularity on social media in 2017, with men being the major interested parties.

7. Norwegians Pay Half Tax In November So They Can Have Enough Money for Christmas

In Norway, people pay half their taxes in November so they can have enough money to fund their Christmas holidays. There is a catch, though; they pay more during the other months to compensate for this.

8. November 1 Is All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day is a Christian solemnity marked every first November. This is interesting, considering the last day of October is Halloween, which is by every means the opposite of All Saints’ Day. November 2 is All Souls’ Day.

9. President John F. Kennedy Was Assassinated In November

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy joined a list of other assassinated presidents of the United States. He was killed while riding a motorcade with his wife; he was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at a hospital. President Lyndon Johnson was almost shot, too, 14 hours after Kennedy was.

10. November 28, 2012, Was Considered a “Perfect Day” in New York City

New York City, United States, is considered one of the greatest cities in the world; it is among the most preferred go-to places for tourists. However, the region is often marred with killings and general cases of insecurity. As such, November 28, 2012, was considered a perfect/peaceful day as there was no reported case of murder, stabbing, shooting, or any other violent crime.

11. World Mens and Toilet Day Are Celebrated in November

November 19 is the World Mens Day. People take time to appreciate the efforts made by men and how they have helped shape the world. It is also World Toilet Day, prompting banter and jokes on the internet around the world.

12. There Is a Day of Total Silence in South Korea in November

During the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) in South Korea, total silence is observed to help the students concentrate. Famously known as Seneung, students take a day in November to sit for critical exams that determine who gets to university. Constructions are halted, planes are grounded, military training pauses, and banks close to facilitate total silence.

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Last Update: November 24, 2023