All Saints Day, Spain

On This Day - November 1st

Yes – believe it or not, we’re at the very start of November. Where has the year gone, seriously? November 1st brings with it some post-Halloween chills and longer nights for those of us in the upper hemisphere, and as always, there are a few facts and figures you’ll want to know if you’re celebrating today. Here’s everything you need to know about November 1st.

On this day

facts about European Union

Europe was redrawn.

In 1814, the Congress of Vienna agreed to redraw the European political map. This was following France’s defeat in the Napoleonic Wars. Yes – believe it or not, the Europe as you see it today wasn’t always that way!

Nicholas II

Nicholas II became the Tsar

In 1894, Nicholas II took his place as the new Tsar of Russia. He did so following the death of his father, Tsar Alexander III. Nicholas II was actually the last-ever Tsar, reigning until 1917.

Dr. Émile Roux

Roux created a vaccine against diphtheria.

Also in 1894, Dr. Émile Roux, based in Paris, France, announced his release of a vaccine against the then-deadly disease diphtheria. The disease has since become increasingly rare, with it killing roughly one person per year in the US.

facts about money

The Euro came into prominence.

The European Union's shared currency, the Euro, was launched today back in 1993 as a result of the Maastricht treaty. However, not all countries within Europe adopted the currency, and the UK continued using GBP all the way up to Brexit in 2020 when they left the EU.

Big Bang Facts

The first stars were found!

In 2012, scientists found evidence of the light from the universe’s first stars! They were predicted to have been formed about 500 million years after the Big Bang.

Special Days Falling on November 1st

November 1st brings some famous special holidays and others that are a little less well-known by the masses – but are nevertheless still extremely important to many. Here are some of the biggest celebrations falling on November 1st.
All Saints Day, Spain

All Saints Day

Every November 1st is All Saints Day in Spain. It is also popularly known as Todos Los Santos, the Feast of All Saints, All Hallow's Day, the Feast of All Hallows, Hallows, and the Sacredness of All Saints! It is a Christian celebration held around the world to honor all of the known and unknown saints of the church.

Algeria Facts

Anniversary of the Revolution

In Algeria, November 1st is the Anniversary of the Revolution. The day is also known as the Red All Saints Day, in reference to the Christian Day for saints mentioned above. The day marks the beginning of the War of Independence against France and is honored every year to remember those who lost their lives and loved ones during the war.

facts of Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua Independence Day

November 1st is also Independence Day in Antigua! The day marks when the nation gained its independence from Britain in 1981. Antigua and Barbuda remains a Commonwealth country that can be found where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet. It is a stunning nation that continues to welcome tourists from all over every year!

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