Moving into November

November 1st.    The 305th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are exactly 60 days remaining until the end of the year.

What happened on November first?  Let’s take a short stroll through the centuries.

Nov 1, 1512 – The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

Nov 1, 1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is presented for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.

Nov 1, 1755 – Lisbon earthquake: In Portugal, Lisbon is destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami, killing between sixty thousand and ninety thousand people.

Nov 1, 1800 – US President John Adams becomes the first President of the United States to live in the Executive Mansion (later renamed the White House).

Nov 1, 1938 – Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed “the match of the century” in horse racing.

Nov 1, 1941 – American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of the moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that became one of the most famous images in photography history.

Nov 1st is World Vegan Day (international), established in 1994.

If this kind of historical trivia interests you ( I do love trivia…), check out the different sites of “On This Day”:

On This Day from the BBC

On This Day from the New York Times

On This Day in Canada

And on a personal note, I would love to say that On This Day I finished my circular vest, but no, I’m still knitting away at it.  It’s very odd that the first two cakes of yarn went quickly and the last seems to take so much longer.  It’s true that each round is now over 400 stitches, so the vest is growing much more slowly, but I’m not knitting any slower.    It must be some weird rule of physics.   That’s it.   Since I can’t explain it any other way, and I know nothing whatsoever about physics…..that has to be the answer.

Right?

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