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Pins and Needles Day

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pins and Needles Day



When : Always November 27th

The real purpose of Pins and Needles Day is to commemorate the opening of the pro-Labor play Pins and Needles on Broadway on this day in 1937. Over decades of time, people lost track of the original meaning of this day.



Today, most people look upon Pins and Needles Day, as a nervous and anxious day. Its a day of eager anticipation, as we await an event or for something to happen. One could argue that kids are on pins and needles from now until Christmas, as they nervously wonder if they have been good enough to receive a visit from Santa in a few weeks.

Of all the special days on the calendar, this is a nerve racking day. You are on pins and needles until that special future event successfully unfolds. And, if it doesn't.......... well we will just think positively.

We hope you have a happy, and calm, and relaxing Pins and Needles Day!



Origin of Pins and Needles Day:
The real origin of this special day goes back to the labor movement in the 1930's. The pro-labor Broadway musical Pins and Needles, opened on this day in 1937, at the Labor Stage Theater in New York City. This play was written by Harold Rome. It was produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union. Union members made up the cast. It ran for 1108 performances, once holding the record for longevity.

This Day in History November 27th

The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703. (1703)

The foundation stone to the Jerusalem's Church in Berlin is laid. (1727)

James Pratt and John Smith are hanged in London; they are the last two to be executed for sodomy in England. (1835)

In Boston, Massachusetts, the American Statistical Association is founded. (1839)

American Civil War: Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and several of his men escape the Ohio Penitentiary and return safely to the South. (1863)

American Civil War: Battle of Mine Run – Union forces under General George Meade position against troops led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee. (1863)

American Indian Wars: Battle of Whitewash River – United States Army Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer leads an attack on Cheyenne living on reservation land. (1868)

German judge Emil Hartwich sustains fatal injuries in a duel, which would become the background for "Effi Briest", a classic work of German literature. (1886)

At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies. (1895)

The U.S. Army War College is established. (1901)

In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held. (1924)

Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI. (1934)

World War II: At the Battle of Cape Spartivento, the Royal Navy engages the Regia Marina in the Mediterranean Sea. (1940)

World War II: At Toulon, the French navy scuttles its ships and submarines to keep them out of Nazi hands. (1942)

World War II: An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump at Fauld, Staffordshire kills seventy people. (1944)

Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury. (1954)

The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg. (1963)

Vietnam War: The Pentagon tells U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations are to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000. (1965)

Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball, in an ABA game Kentucky Colonels vs. Los Angeles Stars. (1968)

The Soviet space program's Mars 2 orbiter releases a descent module. It malfunctions and crashes, but it is the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars. (1971)

The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States Senate votes 92 to 3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States (on December 6, the House confirmed him 387 to 35). (1973)

In San Francisco, California, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White. (1978)

Avianca Flight 203, a Boeing 727, explodes in mid-air over Colombia, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground. The Medellín Cartel claimed responsibility for the attack. (1989)

The United Nations Security Council adopts Security Council Resolution 721, leading the way to the establishment of peacekeeping operations in Yugoslavia. (1991)

A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet. (2001)

The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France. (2005)
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  • v HANSBRINK
    Thanks for the info. I never knew about the pro-Labor play Pins and Needles on Broadway. I just thought the expression had to do with being anxious.

    thanks for the history tidbits. I remember this happening:
    In San Francisco, California, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White. (1978)

    The people rioted. And Diane Feinstein stepped in as mayor. She's now a United States Senator.
    941 days ago
  • v PMAY0313
    emoticon
    941 days ago
  • v BARB4HEALTH
    As always, lots of info. Thanks! Have a great holiday! emoticon
    941 days ago
  • v DIANE7786
    Thanks for sharing this interesting information.
    941 days ago
  • v PATRICIAAK
    interesting
    941 days ago
  • v ADKISTLER
    American Indian Wars: Battle of Whitewash River – United States Army Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer leads an attack on Cheyenne living on reservation land. (1868)
    The name of the river isn't Whitewash. For some reason Sparkpeople thinks the real name is "profanity".

    Wash-ita without the hyphen!
    941 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/27/2013 1:52:22 AM
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