33 fun facts for November, 14

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
November 14th offers a diverse range of fun facts, from World Diabetes Day and India's Children's Day to historical events like the publication of "Moby-Dick" and Apollo 12's moon mission. The day also celebrates various culinary delights, such as National Pickle Day and National Spicy Guacamole Day, and encompasses achievements in science, sports, and arts.
33 Fun facts
  1. World Diabetes Day is annually observed on November 14th, established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. It aims to raise awareness about diabetes and its complications, prevention, and management.
  2. Children's Day is celebrated on November 14th in India to commemorate the birthday of the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who was fondly referred to as "Chacha Nehru" by children. The day emphasizes children's rights and the importance of their education and well-being.
  3. In 1851, Herman Melville's classic novel, Moby-Dick, was published in the United States for the first time. It tells the story of Captain Ahab's obsessive quest to avenge himself on a giant white sperm whale.
  4. November 14, 1973, is the wedding anniversary of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips. Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter, married Captain Mark Phillips in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London.
  5. On November 14, 1969, NASA's Apollo 12 mission launched from Kennedy Space Center. Apollo 12 was the second mission to land humans on the Moon and was crewed by Charles "Pete" Conrad, Alan L. Bean, and Richard F. Gordon Jr.
  6. In 1889, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to break the fictional record set by Jules Verne's character, Phileas Fogg, to travel around the globe in 80 days. Bly managed to complete her journey in just 72 days, breaking the world record.
  7. National Pickle Day is celebrated in the United States on November 14th. The day is dedicated to enjoying and appreciating the tangy and crunchy snack, which has been a culinary staple since ancient times.
  8. The first railway line in the Iberian Peninsula was inaugurated on November 14, 1848, in Spain. The 28-kilometer-long railway line connected Barcelona to Mataró and played a significant role in Spain's industrial revolution.
  9. In 1960, renowned American actress and playwright, Ruby Dee, performed her one-woman play, "The World of Ruby Dee," for the first time. The play would later be adapted into the critically acclaimed book, "Glowchild and Other Poems."
  10. November 14, 1964, is the date when Motown singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye scored his first U.S. No.1 single with "Baby Don't You Do It."
  11. In 2008, the G-20 Summit in Washington, D.C., brought together leaders from 20 major economies, including the United States, China, Germany, and France, to discuss the global financial crisis, establish policies for economic stability, and promote global growth.
  12. The Scottish coastal town of Fraserburgh witnessed Britain's worst storm on November 14, 1983, when it was hit by a tornado with winds reaching up to 142 miles per hour.
  13. On November 14, 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the first-ever animated television special featuring the characters from Charles M. Schulz's popular comic strip Peanuts, premiered on CBS in the United States.
  14. In 1843, the main building of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (now Mount Holyoke College) in Massachusetts was destroyed in a major fire. The college was one of the first institutions to provide higher education for women in the United States.
  15. In 1970, a plane carrying the Marshall University football team crashed in West Virginia, killing all 75 people on board. The team's tragic loss inspired the 2006 film, "We Are Marshall."
  16. November 14, 1972, marks the release of the film "Lady Sings the Blues," a biographical drama starring Diana Ross as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday.
  17. On November 14, 1952, the New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle was named the American League's Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the first time, marking the start of a stellar career that would see him win the award two more times (1956 and 1957).
  18. In 1995, the world-renowned Oxford English Dictionary introduced its first-ever CD-ROM version, making the 20-volume print edition more accessible through digital technology.
  19. November 14, 1991, marks the founding of the Environmental Investigation Agency. The non-governmental organization, based in London and Washington, D.C., focuses on investigating and exposing environmental crimes globally.
  20. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," the first installment in the world-renowned series, made its cinematic debut on November 14, 2001, launching one of the most successful film franchises in history.
  21. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt boarded the battleship Louisiana, making him the first American president to travel outside the United States while in office.
  22. On November 14, 2004, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) elected Mahmoud Abbas as its new leader, following Yasser Arafat's death.
  23. November 14, 1910, marks the first time an airplane took off from a ship. Eugene Ely, an American aviator, successfully took off from a platform aboard the USS Birmingham in the historic flight.
  24. In 1940, Walt Disney released the film "Fantasia," an experimental animated feature set to classical music that has since become a beloved classic.
  25. On November 14, 1957, the Apalachin Meeting took place in New York, a gathering of mafia figures that has since become an infamous event in the history of organized crime. The meeting of 100 mobsters was raided by local and federal law enforcement, leading to widespread arrests and exposing the scope of the mafia in the United States.
  26. In 1999, the first spacecraft to land on a comet was launched. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft was tasked with landing on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which it did successfully in 2014.
  27. National Spicy Guacamole Day is another food-related observance that takes place on November 14th in the United States. The day encourages people to indulge in the popular Mexican dip, made with avocados and spices.
  28. In 1883, Charles Julius Guiteau, the man who assassinated U.S. President James A. Garfield, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.
  29. The first regular horse-drawn bus route in London was established on November 14, 1829. This marked the beginning of a public transportation system that is now used all over the globe.
  30. November 14, 1959, marks the debut broadcast of the popular children's television show "Rocky and Bullwinkle," which entertained generations of children and adults alike, featuring the adventures of the eponymous moose and squirrel.
  31. In 1967, physicist and inventor Theodore Maiman was awarded a patent for the ruby laser system, leading to the development of laser technology used in various industries as we know it today.
  32. November 14, 1994, saw the release of the popular video game "Donkey Kong Country" for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Developed by Rare and published by Nintendo, the platformer revitalized the Donkey Kong franchise and introduced new characters like Diddy Kong.
  33. In 1965, the musical "Man of La Mancha" premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, starting the journey of what would become a widely acclaimed Broadway production and winner of multiple Tony Awards.