National Fruitcake Day
Date when : Always December 27th
National Fruitcake Day celebrates the rock hard, fruit filled holiday cake. While fruitcake was popular in the 40's and 50's, we are not sure if anyone has ever eaten this weighty, gooey, sugar laden cake.
Scientists have been unable to penetrate deeply into a fruitcake, and therefore, have failed to uncover its exact composition. Its density has also hampered their ability to use carbon dating to identify the age of a fruitcake. Unconfirmed rumors suggest that some fruitcake are hundreds of years old.
It is very appropriate for National Fruitcake Day to be celebrated shortly after Christmas. Once the holidays are over, it's time to get rid of your fruitcake. Giving a fruitcake is a Christmas tradition for many. It is also believed that recipients will re-wrap the fruitcake and give it to someone else. Who knows how many years, or decades, a fruitcake has been passed along? Ultimately, the trick is to make sure you give away the fruitcake before the holiday season is through. Otherwise, you get the joy of storing it, until the next fruitcake-giving season.
On National Fruitcake Day, those with a sweet tooth can celebrate by eating a slice or two. Otherwise, we suggest you use this day to give your fruitcake to someone....anyone.
Note: Our research failed to find any information that suggests this is an official "National" day, which requires an act of congress. Sure, you may argue that there are a few fruitcakes in congress. But to date, none of them has sponsored a bill to create or declare a national Fruitcake Day.
This Day in History December 27th
The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regard to native Indians in the New World. (1512)
Portugal and England sign the Methuen Treaty which gives preference to Portuguese imported wines into England. (1703)
War of 1812: The American schooner USS Carolina is destroyed. It was the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's makeshift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans. (1814)
Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate the theory of evolution. (1831)
Ether anesthetic is used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Long in Jefferson, Georgia. (1845)
Journalist John L. O'Sullivan, writing in his newspaper the New York Morning News, argues that the United States had the right to claim the entire Oregon Country "by the right of our manifest destiny". (1845)
"Jana Gana Mana", the national anthem of India, is first sung in the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress. (1911)
The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins. (1918)
Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world. (1922)
Show Boat, considered to be the first true American musical play, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway. (1927)
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin orders the "liquidation of the kulaks as a class" in an effort to spread socialism to the countryside. (1929)
Radio City Music Hall, "Showplace of the Nation", opens in New York, New York. (1932)
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are created with the signing of an agreement by 29 nations. (1945)
The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. (1966)
Apollo program: Apollo 8 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon. (1968)
Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship. (1978)
The Soviet Union invades the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. (1979)
Pope John Paul II visits Mehmet Ali Ağca in Rebibbia's prison and personally forgives him for the 1981 attack on him in St. Peter's Square. (1983)
Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram Airfield which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul, Afghanistan. (1996)
China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States. (2001)
Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet. (2004)
Israel launches 3-week operation on Gaza - Operation Cast Lead. (2008)