November 20

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on November 20, include:

  • Africa Industrialization Day 
  • Beautiful Day
  • Future Teachers of America Day 
  • Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day (G.O.H.A.R.D.) 
  • Name Your PC Day 
  • National Absurdity Day 
  • National Educational Support Professionals Day - November 20, 2024 (Wednesday of the week before Thanksgiving)
  • National Peanut Butter Fudge Day 
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance 
  • Universal Children's Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include November 20, are:

  • American Education Week - November 18-22, 2024 (Monday - Friday week prior to Thanksgiving)
  • International Fraud Awareness Week - November 17-23, 2024
  • International Restorative Justice Week - November 17-23, 2024 (Starts on the Third Sunday of November)
  • National Geography Awareness Week - November 17-23, 2024 (Third Full Week in November)
  • National Global Entrepreneurship Week - November 18-24, 2024
  • World Antimicrobial Awareness Week - November 18-24

2024 Monthly Holidays that include November 20, 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)

  • Pirates Fest - Cayman Islands National Festival - November 1-24, 2024 (Little Cayman - November 1-3, 2024; Grand Cayman - November 8-17, 2024; Cayman Brac - November 22-24, 2024) 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 20 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

  • 1900 - Chester Gould, American cartoonist and author who created Dick Tracy (d. 1985)
  • 1925 - Robert F. Kennedy, US Navy Officer, lawyer, and politician who became the 64th U.S. Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • 1939 - Dick Smothers, American actor and comedian (Smothers Brothers)
  • 1947 - Joe Walsh, American singer, songwriter, actor and producer (Member of The Eagles)
  • 1956 - Bo Derek, American actress and producer (10)

Famous Deaths

  • 1316 - John I, King of France and Navarra (b. 1316 - Lived 5 days)
  • 1910 - Leo Tolstoy, Russian author and playwright (b. 1828)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1947 - The Princess Elizabeth marries Lt. Philip Mountbatter at Westminster Abbey in London
  • 1986 - Steve Martin, Comedian and actor marries actress Victoria Tennant

Quote of the Day

November 20 is Universal Children's Day, also known as World Children's Day!

November 20 is Univeral Children's Day, also called World Childen's Day

"The best way to make children good is to make them happy." ~ Oscar Wilde

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
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Healthy Infant Nutrition Tips from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits

Healthy Infant Nutrition is important during the first years of your babies life when they are growing at an amazing rate.

Should you use store bought or homemade baby food? What are healthy foods?

Find out some great Healthy Infant Nutrition tips and foods to avoid, from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website.

Healthy Infant Nutrition Tips from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits

This Day in History

  • 1789 - New Jersey is the first U.S. state that ratifies the Bill of Rights
  • 1820 - The Essex, a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts is sunk when an 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks the ship
  • 1945 - The Nuremberg trials start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg with trials against 24 Nazi war criminals
  • 1959 - The United Nations adopts the Declaration of the Rights of the Child
  • 1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis ends when the Soviet Union agrees to remove their missiles from Cuba
  • 1968 - An explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company's No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia kills 78 miners
  • 1969 - Native American activists take control of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco 
  • 1974 - The U.S. Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit again AT&T Corporation
  • 1985 - Microsoft releases their Microsoft Windows 1.0, their first graphical personal computer 
  • 1992 - A fire breaks out in Windsor Castle in England causing of 50 million worth of damage

This Day in Music

  • 1805 - Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera premieres in Vienna
  • 1976 - George Harrison and Paul Simon sing Homeward Bound and Here Comes The Sun (video below) together on Saturday Night Live 
  • 2001 - M!ssundaztood is the second album released by Pink which includes singles Get The Party Started and Family Portait
  • 2013 - Loretta Lynn receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House
  • 2013 - Living On a Prayer by Bon Jovi hits #25 on the Hot 100 

This Day in Sports

  • 1866 - The rotary crank bicyle is invented by French inventor Pierre Lallement
  • 1902 - Henri Desgrange and Geo Lefevre create the Tour de France bicycle race
  • 1962 - Mickey Mantle wins the American League MVP for the 3rd time
  • 1969 - Brazilian soccer player Pele scores his 1,000th goal
  • 1971 - Richard Petty wins the 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup
  • 1977 - Cale Yarborough wins the 27th NASCAR Sprint Cup
  • 1990 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A's wins the American League MVP
  • 2022 - The FIFA World Cup begins in Qatar

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Spoiler (noun)

1. One who spoils; a plunderer, pillager, despoiler.
2. A document, review or comment that discloses the ending or some key surprise, or twist in a story.
3.(automotive) A device to reduce lift and increase downforce.
4.(US, chiefly politics, sports) An individual, unable to win themselves, who spoils the chances of another's victory.

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