November 28th 2022 - Holidays and Observances
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- Albanian Flag Day, celebrate the independence of Albania from Turkey in 1912, the first Albanian flag raise by Skanderbeg in 1443, and for the new parliamentary constitution in 1998.
- Bedfordshire day is celebrated in the county of Bedfordshire to celebrate the birth of John Bunyan
- Bukovina Day (Romania)
Christian feast day:
- Acacius, Hirenarchus, and companions, of Sebaste
- Catherine Labouré
- Feast of the Holy Sovereigns (Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii)
- Herman of Alaska, the anniversary of his actual death. Eastern Orthodox
- James of the Marches
- Kamehameha and Emma (Episcopal Church (USA))
- Our Lady of Kibeho
- Pope Gregory III
- Rufus (no. 8)
- Stephen the Younger
- November 28 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- Heroes' Day (Sri Lanka)
- Hōonkō (Japan)
- Independence Day (Mauritania), celebrate the independence of Mauritania from France in 1960.
- Independence Day (Panama), celebrate the independence of Panama from Spain in 1821.
- Navy Day (Iran)
- Proclamation of Independence Day (East Timor), celebrate the independence of East Timor from Portugal in 1975.
- Republic Day (Burundi)
- Republic Day (Chad)
Observances (click on the day or week for details)
Red Planet Day
November 28 is Red Planet Day, a day to celebrate and learn more about the Red Planet - Mars. The planet is called so because it appears red in color.
The date of the unofficial holiday commemorates the day in 1964 when Mariner 4, a robotic interplanetary probe was launched by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Close-up of Mars
In the 8 months it was on its mission, the Mariner 4 became the first spacecraft to successfully fly by Mars. It also gave the world the first close-up images of Mars. Since then several exploratory missions have been sent to Mars to gather data about the planet.
Today, 5 spacecrafts orbit Mars and 2 spacecrafts - the Curiosity Rover and the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity - are on the planet's surface. All 7 send incredible amount of data about the planet back to astronomers on Earth.
Similar to Earth
Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is the seventh smallest planet in the Solar System. Similar to Earth in many ways - it has the same rotational period and seasonal cycles - Mars has 2 moons, Deimos and Phobos, and has the largest volcano, Olympus Mons, in the Solar System.
Because of its similarity to Earth, many astronomers and scientists believe that at some point in its history Mars may have been a hospitable planet for life.
Exploration of Mars has been high on the agenda of the space programs of many countries. NASA, the American space agency has estimated that it could send humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s.
How to Celebrate?
- Learn more about the planet and its environment.
- Join a local astronomy club and see if you can get a glimpse of the planet.
Did You Know…
…that the reason Mars appears red is because its surface is rich in iron oxide or rust?
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He replied, "Peter Parker."
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Frank Woodruff Buckles (born Wood Buckles, February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011) was a United States Army corporal and the last surviving American military veteran of World War I. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 at the age of 16 and served with a detachment from Fort Riley, driving ambulances and motorcycles near the front lines in Europe.
The last living veteran of World War I was Florence Green, a British citizen who served in the Allied armed forces, and who died 4 February 2012, aged 110. The last combat veteran was Claude Choules, who served in the British Royal Navy (and later the Royal Australian Navy) and died 5 May 2011, aged 110. The last veteran who served in the trenches was Harry Patch (British Army), who died on 25 July 2009, aged 111. The last Central Powers veteran, Franz Künstler of Austria-Hungary, died on 27 May 2008 at the age of 107.