National Iced Tea Day
When : Always June 10th
With the official start of summer just a few days away, the timing is perfect for National Iced Tea Day.
Chances are, it is already hot in your area. Today may serve as a good reminder to make and enjoy your first (of many) Iced Tea drink of the season. Have it plain, add a little lemon, or sweeten it with sugar. Iced Tea is certainly a favorite summer cooler of millions of Americans. And best of all, tea is good for your health!
It takes no imagination to decide how to enjoy this great day: Grab an Iced Tea and head out to the hammock strung under a shady tree.
Since ancient times, people have believed that tea has a wide range of medicinal uses. Modern research has given credibility to many of these beliefs and identified more In some cases research is not conclusive. Regardless of the final determination as to it's value over time, drink and enjoy because there is no research to suggest that it can hurt you and it just tastes good.
Here are some of the known or suspected medicinal applications:
Avoidance of heart disease
Cancer and tumors
Sore throats and colds(often flavored with honey)
The Origin of Iced Tea:
In 1904, English tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World Fair. It was a sizzler of a day, and fair visitors didn't want anything hot. Rather, they needed something to quench their thirst... something cold. He dumped some of his hot tea into ice and served it cold. It was an immediate hit. This was the first known use of iced tea.
This Day in History June 10th
Salem witch trials: Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries". (1692)
The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris. A year later, it becomes the first public zoo. (1793)
First Barbary War: Yusuf Karamanli signs a treaty ending the hostilities between Tripolitania and the United States. (1805)
The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place. (1829)
The first class of United States Naval Academy students graduate. (1854)
American Civil War: Battle of Big Bethel - Confederate troops under John B. Magruder defeat a much larger Union force led by General Ebenezer W. Pierce in Virginia. (1861)
American Civil War: Battle of Brice's Crossroads - Confederate troops under Nathan Bedford Forrest defeat a much larger Union force led by General Samuel D. Sturgis in Mississippi. (1864)
Mount Tarawera in New Zealand erupts, killing 153 people and destroying the famous Pink and White Terraces. (1866)
The Villisca Axe Murders were discovered in Villisca, Iowa. (1912)
An Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire led by Lawrence of Arabia breaks out. (1916)
Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by him and Bill Wilson. (1935)
World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt denounces Italy's actions with his "Stab in the Back" speech at the graduation ceremonies of the University of Virginia. (1940)
World War II: Norway surrenders to German forces. (1940)
World War II: Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom. (1940)
World War II: Nazis burn the Czech village of Lidice in reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich. (1942)
World War II: 642 men, women and children are killed in the Oradour-sur-Glane Massacre in France. (1944)
World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia, Greece 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops. (1944)
In baseball, 15-year old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the youngest player ever in a major-league game. (1944)
Saab produces its first automobile. (1947)
Equal Pay Act of 1963 aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex (see Gender pay gap). It was signed into law on June 10, 1963 by John F. Kennedy as part of his New Frontier Program (1963)
The Six-Day War ends: Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire. (1967)
The Apple II, one of the first personal computers, goes on sale. (1977)
British Airways Flight 5390 lands safely at Southampton Airport after a blowout in the cockpit causes the captain to be partially sucked from the cockpit. There are no fatalities (1990)
The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. (2003)