Friday, February 15, 2013
National Gumdrop Day
When : Always February 15th
National Gumdrop Day honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the "Gummi" candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet.
On National Gumdrop Day, you know what to do... eat Gumdrops to your heart's content!
Test your Knowledge: Quiz: What children's board game includes Gumdrops? For the answer, scroll down.
Origin of National Gumdrop Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. It was most likely started by a candy maker.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
This Day in History February 15
While on board the Niņa, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World. (1493)
The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established. (1764)
General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee. (1862)
President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. (1879)
The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing more than 260. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain. (1898)
A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner. (1965)
Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history. (2003)
Answer to quiz(above): The popular Candyland board game by Milton-Bradley. First introduced in 1949, it includes Gumdrop Mountain and Gumdrop Pass.