Wednesday, May 15, 2013
National Chocolate Chip Day
When: Always on May 15th
National Chocolate Chip Day celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are a great invention, and certainly deserve a little recognition. After all, where would chocolate chip cookies, cakes and muffins be without the chocolate chip!?
Chocolate chips are popular in cooking and baking, for a wide variety of breads, cakes, and cookies. There is an almost endless number of recipes. They are also used in decorating. Have you ever had chocolate chip pancakes? How about chocolate chips in trail mix? If you've never had these, then you're leading a sheltered life.
Rare is the leftover chocolate chip. If you don't use the whole bag, you and/or your kids will likely eat them as a snack before they make it to the storage container.
There are many recipes for having a successful National Chocolate Chip Day. And, every one of them includes chocolate chips.
Origin of National Chocolate Chip Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. It seems that many of the food and candy related days have tagged on the word "national". We suspect in the midst of a sugar high, the creators got a little excited, and a wee bit carried away.
This Day in History May 15
Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury. (1536)
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun. (1718)
Laredo, Texas is established by the Spaniards. (1755)
American Revolution: the Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence. (1776)
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1817)
The Bloody Island Massacre takes place in Lake County, California, in which a large number of Pomo Indians in Lake County are slaughtered by a regiment of the United States Cavalry, led by Nathaniel Lyon. (1850)
President Abraham Lincoln signs a bill into law creating the United States Bureau of Agriculture. It is later renamed the United States Department of Agriculture. (1862)
American Civil War: Battle of Resaca, Georgia ends. (1864)
American Civil War: Battle of New Market, Virginia – students from the Virginia Military Institute fight alongside the Confederate Army to force Union General Franz Sigel out of the Shenandoah Valley. (1864)
Woman's suffrage: in New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association. (1869)
Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded when 110 acres (0.45 km2), in what later would become downtown, are auctioned off. (1905)
In Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up. (1911)
Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, Plane Crazy (1928)
McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California. (1940)
World War II: in the United States, a bill creating the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.
World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia. (1945)
At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple. (1957)
Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space.
People's Park: California Governor Ronald Reagan has an impromptu student park owned by University of California at Berkeley fenced off from student anti-war protestors, sparking a riot called Bloody Thursday. (1969)
President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals. (1970)
In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes Alabama Governor George Wallace while he is campaigning to become President. (1972)
The United States government acknowledges the existence of the "Secret War" in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans. (1997)