November began life on the Roman calendar as the ninth month. When January and February were added to the revamped Roman calendar in the late 7th century B.C.E., November got bumped down to its current spot at number eleven. This is one of four months whose days number 30. November's birthstone is the topaz, and its birth flower is the chrysanthemum.
November is a favorite subject for many writers, among them William Cullen Bryant, Robert Frost and Thomas Moore. But perhaps the most moving and lasting words on the subject were penned by that troubadour of the great north, Gordon Lightfoot, who wrote:
"With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,
that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
when the gales of November came early."
So true. So true.
Anyway, Veterans' Day is November 11. Thanksgiving in the United States is observed on the fourth Thursday of the month. This year, that's the 22nd. Cult TV favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted on a low-budget Minneapolis UHF station on November 24, 1988. November is Native American Heritage Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Pomegranate Month and International Drum Month.
Notable baseball birthdays this month include Giancarlo "Dave" Stanton (November 8, 1989), Adam Dunn (November 9, 1979), Gerald Laird (November 13, 1979), Ryan Braun (November 17, 1983), C.J. Wilson (November 18, 1980), Jonathan Papelbon (November 23, 1980), Nick Swisher (November 25, 1980) and Craig Gentry (November 29, 1983).