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November 10, 2016

Today we celebrate:

World Usability Day - This is a day that is celebrated on the 2nd Thursday of November and encourages us to work together across all areas of industries and professions to make sure that the services and products we use that are important to life are easy to get and easy to use. The theme for this year is “Sustainable User Experience (UX)” or “Green UX”. It’s about taking existing products and services and working to make them more environmentally friendly as well as improving the experiences of the people who use them. Read more about it here.

International Accounting Day - This is a day to celebrate accountants all over the world. Whether your accountant is for your business or for your personal finances it doesn’t matter. They handle the money and taxes for us and are a huge time saver for anyone who doesn’t really enjoy handling this on their own.

World Science Day for Peace and Development - Created by the United Nations General Conference in 2001, this is a day “to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society.” Science is powerful and if used for the right purpose and the right reasons, it can save our world. But it can also damage or even ultimately destroy the world either on purpose or accidentally so we must be very careful.

Area Code Day - This is a day to remember area codes, which we still use but they no longer have the same significance in this age of cell phones moving from place to place. It used to be that an area code meant a call to a specific area. Now it just means the area where the phone was when it was first activated. I have a friend who lives in my state on the East Coast, and has for years, but has a cell phone with an area code from across the country.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day – Not just any old cupcakes, no....only vanilla cupcakes are allowed. This is a good day for those of us who are not fans of chocolate. I know one or two, but actually, even though I love chocolate, I love vanilla cupcakes even more than chocolate ones. Who’s with me?

United States Marine Corps Birthday – On this day in 1775, the Marine Corps was created by the Second Continental Congress. They served on land and at sea and were involved in many important military operations in the Revolutionary War. After the war (1783), they were disbanded until they were reformed in 1798. As far as I know, they have been in continuous service to the United States since then. You may have heard of celebrations happening over the weekend because that is frequently a more convenient time to have special events since most people work during the week.

Sesame Street Day – First broadcast on this day in 1969, Sesame Street is a show that I loved as a child and was thrilled to allow my children to watch when they were young. It almost felt like coming home when I tuned back in to see what was new and what I remembered from when I was a kid. This day was established in 2009 by the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. I don't know if the rest of the country celebrates it, but if they don't, they should.

Windows Day – On this day in 1983, Microsoft announced their new product called Windows version 1.0. This was their graphic operating system that was intended to compete with other systems like Apple. It was not released to the public until 1985 and didn't become widely accepted until version 3.0 was released.

National Forget-Me-Not Day – This is a day to keep your loved ones in your heart. We don't want to forget those we love, whether they are living or deceased. You can celebrate by sending Forget-Me-Not flower seeds to your family and friends or a card that says you're thinking of them. If the cemeteries will allow it, you could plant Forget-Me-Not flowers at the graves of your loved ones as well.

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