November 17

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on November 17, include:

  • Electronic Greeting Card Day
  • Homemade Bread Day 
  • International Happy Gose Day 
  • International Stand Up to Bullying Day - November 17, 2023 and February 24, 2023 (Last Friday in February and Third Friday in November)
  • International Students Day 
  • National Baklava Day 
  • National Black Cat Day 
  • National Farm Joke Day 
  • National Take a Hike Day 
  • National Unfriend Day
  • Petroleum Day 
  • Substitute Educators Day - November 17, 2023 (Friday of American Education Week)
  • The Little Mermaid Day 
  • World Prematurity Awareness Day 

2023 Weekly Holidays that include November 17, are:

  • Orangutan Caring Week - November 12-18, 2023
  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week - November 11-17, 2023 (Begins Second Saturday to Friday)
  • World Kindness Week - November 12-18, 2023 (Always has the 13th of November in it)

2023 Monthly Holidays that include November 17, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our November Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of November.

NOTE: A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Cricket World Cup - October 5 - November 19, 2023
  • Pirates Fest - Cayman Islands National Festival - November 3-26, 2023 (Little Cayman - November 3-5, 2023; Grand Cayman - November 9-19, 2023; Cayman Brac - November 24-26, 2023) This is the Cayman Islands, National Festival and features different events such as street dances, costumes, float parade, heritage days, underwater treasure hunt, games, controlled mayhem with a mock invasion, lots of music and events for kids and teens.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for November 17 is Scorpio.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for November are:

  • Chrysanthemum - abundance, cheerfulness, compassion, friendship, secret love


The Birthstone(s) for November is Topaz and Citrine.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1755 - Louis XVIII, King of France (d. 1824)
  • 1925 - Rock Hudson, American actor (Ice Station Zebra, McMillan & Wife) (d. 1985)
  • 1943 - Lauren Hutton, American model and actress
  • 1944 - Danny DeVito, American actor, director, and producer (Matilda, Twins, Taxi)
  • 1951 - Dean Paul Martin, American singer, actor, and pilot (d. 1987)
  • 1978 - Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress (The Notebook)

Famous Deaths

  • 1558 - Mary I of England (b. 1516)
  • 1796 - Catherine the Great of Russia (b. 1729)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1913 - Oliver Hardy, film comedian marries pianist Madelyn Saloshin
  • 1934 - Lyndon B. Johnson, future Vice President and then President of the U.S., marries Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor

Quote of the Day


Save a Life Adopt a Black Cat! 
November 16 is National Black Cat Day (Also on October 27)


Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

November 17 is World Prematurity Awareness Day!

While there are many potential causes that contribute to premature infants, there are some Healthy Pregnancy Habits that you can follow, and there are some Unhealthy Pregnancy Habits that you can avoid.

The goal of every pregnant woman should be to have a happy, healthy pregnancy, and provide a healthy environment for their developing baby! This is the time in your life when you want to be practicing healthy diet habits and eating for your health.

Tips on having a Healthy Pregnancy

Take the extra care and thought to plan Lifestyle Solutions that will allow for a healthy full term pregnancy. Your babies’ health should be foremost on your mind!

Find out more information and tips on having a Healthy Pregnancy from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website. 

This Day in History

  • 1558 - Queen Mary I of England dies and her half-sister Elizabeth I of England takes over the throne
  • 1603 - English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason
  • 1777 - The United States Articles of Confederation are submitted to the States for ratification
  • 1800 - The United States Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C.
  • 1820 - The Palmer Peninsula is named after Captain Nathaniel Palmer who became the first American to see Antarctica
  • 1858 - The city of Denver, Colorado is founded
  • 1869 - The Suez Canal in Egypt which links the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea is inaugurated 
  • 1962 - The Washington Dulles International Airport in the Washington D.C. region is dedicated by President John F. Kennedy
  • 1986 - The flight crew of Japan Airlines Flight 1628 observe a UFO while flying over Alaska
  • 1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives pass a resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement
  • 2003 - Arnold Schwarzenegger begins his term as the Governor of California
  • 2012 - An accident at a railway crossing near Manfalut, Egypt kills at least 50 school children

This Day in Music

  • 1962 - Big Girls Don't Cry by The Four Seasons hits #1 in the U.S.
  • 1997 - The Woman in Me, Shania Twain's second album is certified Diamon with sales of 10 million copies (Video below)
  • 1998 - Americana is the Fourth studio album released by The Offspring with the hit Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
  • 2003 - Tales of a Librarian is the first compilation album released by Tori Amos
  • 2007 - Long Road Out of Eden is a double album released by The Engles that hit the #1 spot in America

This Day in Sports

  • 1896 - The Western Pennsylvania Hockey League is formed
  • 1940 - The Green Bay Packers of Wisconsin, become the 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • 1959 - Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants wins NL Rookie of the Year
  • 1981 - Bill Cartwright of the NY Knick's ties the record of 19 of 19 free throws in the NBA
  • 1985 - Darrell Waltrip wins the 35th NASCAR Sprint Cup
  • 1991 - Dale Earnhardt wins the 41st NASCAR Sprint Cup
  • 1997 - Mario Lemieux enters the NHL Hall of Fame
  • 2013 - Jimmie Johnson wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the sixth time

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Maraud (verb)

1. (intransitive) To move about in roving fashion looking for plunder.
2. (transitive) To raid and pillage.
3. To act aggressively.

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