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Interesting Things About the Month of November

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about interesting things.


November: The Eleventh Month

November is the eleventh month and next to the last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is the last of four months with 30 days. The other three are April, June, and September.


November's Two Birthstones

People born in November have two birthstones.

  • Topaz
  • Citrine
Topaz and Citrine

Topaz and Citrine

November's Flower and Zodiac Signs

November's flower is the Chrysanthemum.

November's zodiac signs:

  • Scorpio (October 24 - November 22)
  • Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21)


What's Special About November?

November is a very exciting month. Children have settled in their routines at school. November is the month when many college students return home for the first time since they left in August. Even though it will only be a brief break, they will enjoy family members and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Freshmen might return home to find their room converted into a sewing room for mom or a man cave for their father. A sibling might have taken the room because it is bigger than the one a brother or sister had before the college student left home.

People who love to watch television have gotten used to the Fall schedules of their favorite shows. This season, there are more new shows than ever. Also, there are reboots and sequels. For those who prefer movies, there is no limit on ones in the theater.

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Halloween is over, and party planners can begin organizing and preparing for the next holiday. Those who like to shop often look forward to rushing through Thanksgiving dinner and hitting the malls ahead of Black Friday. What they don't buy on that particular day, they can stay home and shop online on Cyber Monday. Therefore, November is a shopper's delight.

Even so, there are things that are good to purchase in November as well as things not to buy in November. There are better deals on certain items in the months following November. The list below shows what to buy and what not to buy.

Shopping in November

Things to BuyThings Not to Buy


Bedding and Linens

Video Games



Winter Clothes

Large Appliances

Exercise Equipment

Small Kitchen Items


Vacuum Cleaner

Gift Cards


November Observances

Date 2021Observance

November 1

All Saints Day

November 2

All Souls Day

November 2

General Election Day

November 6

Daylight Saving Time

November 7

Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 8

Mid-Term Election

November 11

Veterans Day

November 24

Thanksgiving Day

November 25

Black Friday

November 27

First Day of Advent

November 28

Cyber Monday

Presidents Born in November

  • James K. Polk - November 2, 1795
  • Warren G. Harding - November 2, 1865
  • James K. Polk - November 2, 1795
  • James A. Garfield - November 19, 1831
  • Franklin Pierce - November 23, 1804
  • Zachary Taylor - November 24, 1784

Presidents Who Died in November

Only two of the United States Presidents died in November.

  • Chester Arthur - November 19, 1886
  • John F. Kennedy - November 22, 1963

Celebrities Celebrating Birthdays in November

  • November 1: Jenny McCarthy
  • November 2: Stefanie Powers
  • November 3: Roseanne
  • November 4: Kathy Griffin, Matthew McC
  • November 5: Tatum O'Neal
  • November 6: Emma Stone, Sally Field, Rebecca Romijn
  • November 8: Alfre Woodard, Jack Osbourne
  • November 9: Nick Lachey
  • November 10: Tracy Morgan, Ellen Pompeo
Whoopi Goldberg, November 13

Whoopi Goldberg, November 13

  • November 11: Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore
  • November 12: Ryan Gosling, Anne Hathaway
  • November 13: Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Butler, Jimmy Kimmel
  • November 14: Josh Duhamel
  • November 15: Ed Asner
  • November 16: Marg Helgenberger, Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • November 17: Rachel McAdams, Danny DeVito
  • November 18: Owen Wilson, Mike Epps, Damon Wayans, Jr.
  • November 19: Jodie Foster, Meg Ryan, Larry King
Robin Roberts, November 23

Robin Roberts, November 23

  • November 20: Joel McHale, Bo Derek, Sean Young
  • November 21: Goldie Hawn, Nicollette Sheridan, Michael Strahan
  • November 22: Scarlett Johansson, Jamie Lee Curtis
  • November 23: Miley Cyrus, Robin Roberts
  • November 24: Katherine Heigl
  • November 25: Christina Applegate, Amy Grant
  • November 26: Tina Turner, Garcelle Beauvais
  • November 27: Bill Nye, Robin Givens
  • November 28: Jon Stewart, Ed Harris
  • November 29: Diane Ladd
  • November 30: Ben Stiller, Mandy Patinkin, Kaley Cuoco

November Trivia

  1. Persons born in November were conceived in the same year.
  2. Those born near mid-November were conceived around Valentine's Day.
  3. First class postage stamps increased from 18 cents to 20 cents on November 1, 1981. Before the use of stamps, postage was paid for by the receiver, not the sender.
  4. On November 1, 2012, Google's Gmail became the world's most popular email service. Microsoft's Hotmail was the leader before then. Even though Yahoo has the most registered users, it is not used as much as the other services.
  5. On November 20, 1973, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on CBS for the first time, and it is now a Thanksgiving tradition.
  6. On November 20, 1982, Drew Barrymore, at age 7, hosted Saturday Night Live. At the time, she was starring in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  7. This writer's firstborn is a son born on November 20, 1970.

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