November Factoids


November 1-30

Visit the Knowitall blog for helpful information on using Knowitall all through the month!


November 1-30 is National Career Development Month.

Be sure to visit the Career Explorations Collection here!


November 1-30 is Native American Heritage Month.

View the Native American Heritage Collection here.


November 1-30 is College Application Month

(August - December each year)

Carolina Classrooms features an update on college and career planning for students and their parents. Carolina Classrooms is ETV’s educational series for teachers, parents and all citizens invested in the education of our children. 

Our lives have changed dramatically this year. As we navigate our way to a new normal, many questions arise. High school students preparing for college or careers are now dealing with abrupt changes in the process.  On this episode of Carolina Classrooms, we will discuss college applications and what jobs might be available after the quarantine is lifted. This program will be valuable to high school students who are involved in the application process or will be starting the process soon AND their parents. In addition, since the program will address possible available career choices, this program will be very useful to all high school students and their families.

Carolina Classrooms : Applying for College

Applicants, please check with individual schools to determine if there have been any changes due to current events.



National Authors’ Day – Nov. 1

Visit our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection for more!

* SC Teachers: Please register for an account on to gain access to these resources.




National Family Literacy Day – Nov. 1

In the past, people have described the Gullah culture as quaint and the language as unintelligible. A closer look reveals a complex history and language with direct links to West Africa that survived slavery and thrived on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah experience has many variables that make it unique to each family and community. GullahNet along with its host, Aunt Pearlie Sue (Anita Singleton-Prather), was designed to introduce Gullah culture and language to children on the web.

An online series that promotes the love of reading and literary stories connected to South Carolina. In this series, Friends of ETV share and read literary favorites, many of which are connected to South Carolina. Packages include the reading and at least one supplemental teaching and learning activity.

The programs musically introduce and reinforce concepts such as punctuation and sentence construction.



Job Action Day – Nov. 2

Visit our Career Explorations Collection for a multitude of career choices. Interviews provide insights into numerous careers from individuals employed in a variety of professions!

A virtual community of workplaces designed to give students an interactive job exploration experience that connects school work to real work. View profiles from real professionals.

Using career profiles and 360 videos, Let's Go! CAREERS bring students virtually inside the work environment, especially in areas that need skilled workers.

Eye Wonder excites students with interesting facts and just plain fun! The series explores science and integrates technology, while focusing on various careers. 

Find out about a variety of "hot" career choices from people who know them best! Produced for the SC Employment Security Commission (now the SC Department of Employment and Workforce).


On November 2, 1938, Richard Serra was born. He interested cities in his artwork and many of his artworks have been designed for outdoor urban sites. (Artopia)



On November 3, 1909, J Wilson Newman was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1933. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)



Election Day (2019) - It is the day when popular ballots are held to select public officials. These include national, state and local government representatives at all levels up to the president.   It can fall on or between November 2 and November 8. View our video, Are You Eligible to Vote? (Ready To Vote)



National Saxophone Day – Nov. 6

B.S. Plair of Rock Hill, South Carolina, served for the Montford Point Marines in 1945, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. The Montford Point Marines were based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and were the first African American Marines to serve in the military, following an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 that required the armed services to recruit and enlist African Americans. In 2012, B.S. Plair was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor. B.S. Plair has a passion for music and, during his spare time in the military, he would practice his clarinet or saxophone. He has since instilled his love for music in his children. One of his children, Bobby Plair, Jr., is now a counselor at York Technical College in Rock Hill. Bobby Plair, Jr. directs Black History Through Music, an annual educational event held at the college. B.S. Plair has participated for “about 20 years, when they started this Black History program for music.”

Sonatas and Soundscapes explores the diverse and colorful range of classical (and not-so-classical) music. Every weekday host Bradley Fuller programs instrumental music from history’s repertoire—everything from baroque to experimentalism. Originally from Greenwood, South Carolina, Bradley Fuller has maintained a deep interest in classical music since the age of six. With piano lessons throughout grade school and involvement in marching and concert bands on the saxophone, Bradley further developed musical abilities as well as an appreciation for the importance of arts education.



National Bison Day – Nov. 7

The site includes one of the only zoos in Charleston. The zoo exhibits animals that were indigenous to South Carolina in 1670 like puma, bear, bison, and elk. These are animals that people don't associate with South Carolina.

The Clovis people, named for a town near an archeological site in New Mexico, lived in South Carolina and much of the eastern and western United States around 13,000 years ago, near the end of the last Ice Age. These fearless hunters attacked their prey in groups. They hunted megafauna: bison, mastodon, and mammoth. Clovis used a characteristic fluted point, grooved on both sides so it could be attached, or hafted, to a shaft.



National Parents as Teachers Day – Nov. 8

  • Parents, read our blogs to learn about resources available on! You may be surprised at what you’ll find!
  • Remember to check out our Factoids each month! You may be surprised at the resources you'll find here on! 


DeQuincey Newman is voted the first African American South Carolina senator since the end of Reconstruction in 1983. (History Of SC Slide Collection)



Veterans Day and Armistice Day - A day we celebrate American veterans of all wars.

Visit our Veterans Day Collection to view these series that commemorate the veterans who fought for our freedom:


On November 11, 1922, author Kurt Vonnegut was born. (Writer's Workshop)

On November 11, 1895 Charles E. Daniel was born. He was inducted into South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1985.(Legacy Of Leadership Profile)



On November 12, 1922, Ben R. Morris was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1990. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)



On November 14, 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, Georgia completing his March to Sea. (Mary Long's Yesteryear)



The Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress on November 15, 1777. (Forgotten Founder)

Learn more about why the Articles of Confederation failed! (History In A Nutshell)


America Recycles Day - day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. View our videos on discarding sustainably!

Green Energy Biofuel founder, "Bio Joe" Renwick explains the process for recycles waste vegetable oil and cooking oil into usable, clean biofuel or biodiesel. The biodiesel can be used in vehicles in its pure form.

 Green Energy Biofuel recycles waste vegetable oil and cooking oil into usable, clean biofuel. Company founder, "Bio Joe" Renwick has dedicated years researching and perfecting biofuel production. He explains the transportation and logistics part of the operation that includes a fleet of trucks, each with their own specific function.

This program, developed by DHEC and the SC Department of Education, celebrates Earth Day. Topics covered are heart health, stopping smoking, bicycle safety, run-off pollution, nutrition, environmentally sustainable buildings, beach/river sweep, wetlands, brown fields, lead paint, buying recycled products, recycling and dog safety.

Kirkland Smith practices many forms of art, but recently she has focused her attention on her assemblage pieces, which are portraits, but instead of using oils, pastels, or paints, she uses recycled materials. 

The president of a specialty fiber company discusses his career path, education, and starting a business in the specialty synthetic fiber industry, using recycled items.

Eartha and The Recycle Guys sing about recycling!

Did you know land can be recycled? Find out what SC attraction was a brown field!

“Environmental Ed” explores the meaning of an Ecological Footprint and considers the size of his own Eco footprint while guiding students to consider the demands they place on the Footprints measure humanity’s demands on nature. Remembering the four R’s of waste reduction can help us. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Reflect. We all need energy to live, but we must be mindful and try to have the smallest footprint possible.

Thanks to environmental designers and planners, many natural areas are being preserved for future generations. Learn what an environmental designer does and how their work benefits us. In this show, we will also take a look at how cost effective it is to use recycled products. A comparison study is done between the price of products of recycled materials vs. products of conventional materials.

This series produced by the SC Department of Education and ETV with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Services (DHEC) focuses on environmental education in short, concise minute programs that schools can use in locally produced school news programs or as part of science lessons. The programs provide student awareness and promote good habits, including recycling. Topics include oil leaks, greenhouse effect, renewable resources, packaging and styrofoam.

Take a 360 video tour of Green Energy Biofuel as the founder, "Bio Joe" Renwick explains the process for recycles waste vegetable oil and cooking oil into usable, clean biofuel.

The Eye Wonder team investigates how plastics are recycled. D.V. starts by seeing how plastics are separated and compressed into bails, then follows their journey as they are processed and recycled into things like fibers and fiber fill to be made into things like couch filler or even clothing.

You'll be surprised what recycled aluminum is used to make!

Elizabeth Rosinski from DHEC tells us what to recycle and how to reuse some of the recyclables.

This program, developed by DHEC and ITV, celebrates Earth Day. Topics covered are heart health, stopping smoking, bicycle safety, run-off pollution, nutrition, environmentally sustainable buildings, beach/river sweep, wetlands, brown fields, lead paint, buying recycled products, recycling and dog safety.

Find out how to recycle glass products.

Learn where garbage is taken and what can be recycled.

What happens when someone pours used oil on the ground or down a storm drain? Find out now!

John Tutor and Why Junior joins Earth Today explains why recycling is important, what is composting and what can be recycled.

Reef-X documents how decommissioned military equipment is cleaned, carefully prepared, and then placed in the ocean bed to build reefs off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina.

A marine artificial reef is an added substrate positioned on a flat, featureless, sandy ocean bottom. The reef is totally natural, with the exception of the structure on which it grows. Natural reefs occur on rocky outcroppings, such as limestone ledges, and are found in small areas. Artificial reefs are created using recycled sunken ships, barges, boats, and bridges. Marine organisms attach to the structures and, after a few years, it is hard to tell the difference between a natural and an artificial reef.

For Sylvester Oestricher, working for a company that is looking to the future is important. As a roll cart driver, Oestricher collects recycle from area schools and businesses. His job is not only important because of what he does but it was also important to him to preserve the planet for his children.


On November 15, 1887, artist Georgia O'Keefe was born. She is renowned for her images of gigantic flowers, cityscapes, and distinctive desert scenes. (Artopia)

View the documentary, Georgia O'Keeffe: A Woman on Paper



American Education Week – Nov. 16-20

National Education Support Professionals Day (Nov. 18)

Tell a teacher and support staff how much they are appreciated! The show it by learning something new that interests you on! Be sure to spread the word to those you care about! Try out our November Factoids and make it a habit every day to learn something new! Check our Factoids daily! They are located under Collections, KnowItAll Factoids By Month.




On November 18, 1919, Hugh William Close was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1987. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)

On November 18, 1888, Frances Marion was born. She won the second and third Oscars ever awarded to the craft of screenwriting. (Artopia)



National Rural Health Day – Nov. 19

View our KnowItAll Healthy! Collection.



On November 19, 1973, Savion Glover was born. He won prestigious awards including 1996 Tony Awards, 1996 Drama Desk Award, and 1996 Dance Magazine Choreographer of the Year Award. (Artopia)




November 20 is Universal Children's Day


On November 20, 1870, David Robert Coker was born. He was known as an agribusiness man and social reformer and inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2003. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)



On November 22, 1718, notorious pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) was killed just off the coast of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. Blackbeard had an illustrious career as a pirate lasting around 18 months. (History Of SC Slide Collection; Carolina Stories)



Thanksgiving Day – Nov. 26

We hope you will enjoy your Thanksgiving in the best of health! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at South Carolina ETV!


National Day of Mourning (Native American ancestors) – Nov. 26


    National Day of Listening - StoryCorps – Nov. 26-27



    National Native American Heritage Day – Nov. 27



    On November 28, 1934, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson's crimespree ended. Melvin Purvis, most famous for the John Dillinger case, worked on the case, but was re-assigned by J. Edgar Hoover. (Carolina Stories)



    On November 30, 1919, Robert Roy Pearce was born. He was a director of First Bank Shares of South Carolina, South Carolina National Corporation, and Sonoco Products Company. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1996. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)



    These factoids were compiled by Imani-Grace King, 2017 ETV Endowment Intern (Digital Media/Knowitall)

    Updated by Andrew Davis, Media Production Assistant (Digital Media/Knowitall)

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