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The Eleventh Month of the Year

November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian and Julian calendars. The word November is derived from the Latin word "Novem" which means nine. November was originally the ninth month in the Roman calendar but after two additional months, January and February, were added to the Julian calendar around 46 B.C., it became the eleventh month.

As one of the numbered months, the name November was not changed to reflect it's position on the calendar. It is one of four months that have 30 days.

The weather in November is cool in the northern hemisphere because it is an autumn month. In the southern hemisphere, it is equivalent to the month of may, which is warm because it is a spring month.

The birthstones for November are Topaz and Citrine.

  • Topaz symbolizes fidelity, love, and affection.
  • Citrine is thought to generate positive energies such as confidence, optimism, and self discipline.

The flower for November is the Chrysanthemum.

  • Chrysanthemums are flowers that were first cultivated in China and has played a symbolic role in Japanese history.
  • Chrysanthemums grow in a wide variety of appearances and their petals are used in teas and stir fry dishes in certain Asian countries.
  • In certain areas, the name is shortened to "mums." They are cultivated as a colorful autumn flowering plant.

Interesting things that has happened in November:

  • The Electric Light Bulb was patented by Thomas Edison on November 1, 1879.
  • King Tut's Tomb was discovered on November 4, 1922.
  • On November 8, 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays.
  • The U.S. Marine Corps was established by Congress on November 10, 1775.
  • On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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