National Date Nut Bread Day
When : September 8 or December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day is today. Enjoy a tasty bread for the holidays. It's the perfect bread for the season. It contains nuts and sugar, but is not heavy on the sugar. Date nut bread is quite popular. You can make it yourself, or buy some at the bakery. We suggest a couple of loafs. In our house, a single loaf does not last long.
There is some question as to the correct date for this special day. A survey of the net, resulted in roughly half of the references for this day claiming it is on September 8th. In our survey, a very slight majority record this special day on December 8. We go with the majority for two reasons: First, it is the majority. Second, this day fits well in the holiday season. Date Nut Bread is popular for the holidays.
Origin of National Date Nut Bread Day:
We did not find any factual information on this national food holiday. Nor, did we find the creator. We hope the creator steps forward, so we can resolve the question as to proper date of this special day.
There was some reference to this as a "National Day". Most food related holidays are called "National". However, we found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
This Day in History December 22
The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson. (1807)
Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy (with Beethoven at the piano). (1808)
Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his "March to the Sea". (1864)
Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kentville and Kingsport, Nova Scotia. (1890)
Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography. (1891)
The Dreyfus affair begins in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason. (1894)
The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York, New York. (1937)
Indian Muslims observe a "Day of Deliverance" to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian National Congress over their not having been consulted over the decision to enter World War II with the United Kingdom. (1939)
World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon. (1942)
World War II: Battle of the Bulge – German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!" (1944) According to various accounts from those present, when McAuliffe was given the German message, he read it, crumpled it into a ball, threw it in a wastepaper basket, and muttered, "Aw, nuts". The officers in McAuliffe's command post were trying and failing to come up with suitable language for an official reply when Lt. Col. Harry Kinnard suggested that McAuliffe's first response summed up the situation pretty well, and the others agreed. The official reply was typed and delivered by Colonel Joseph Harper, commanding the 327th Glider Infantry, to the German delegation. It was as follows:
To the German Commander.
The American Commander
The German major appeared confused and asked Harper what the message meant. Harper said, "In plain English? Go to hell."The choice of "Nuts!" rather than something earthier was typical for McAuliffe. Vincent Vicari, his personal aide at the time, recalled that "General Mac was the only general I ever knew who did not use profane language. 'Nuts' was part of his normal vocabulary.
World War II: The Vietnam People's Army is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indochina, now Vietnam. (1944)
Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, is born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. (1956)
The cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles (290 km) north of Madeira, Portugal with the loss of 128 lives. (1963)
The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. (1964)
In the United Kingdom, a 70 mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit. (1965)
Bernhard Goetz shoots four African American would-be muggers on an express train in Manhattan section of New York, New York. (1984)
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany. (1989)
Final independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship. (1990)
Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63. (2001)
The repeal of the Don't ask, don't tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama. (2010)