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11th day, 11th month, 11th hour

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, 1918 fighting in WWI officially stopped after Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies earlier in the day. It is celebrated around the world variously as Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day. In 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of the start […]

The October Revolution

November 7 is an interesting day as it commemorates the October 25 Revolution of the Bolsheviks. With the new Communist regime also came the Gregorian calendar, which made the celebration on November 7.  It was officially observed in the USSR from 1927 to 1990 and was the main holiday of the year during Stalin’s reign. […]

Guy Fawkes Night

November 5 is interesting for many reasons. First of all it is Guy Fawkes Night marking the downfall of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators including Guy Fawkes attempted to destroy the House of Parliament in London. Its celebration was compulsory by fiat in the United Kingdom […]