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Welsh Rarebit Day

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Welsh Rarebit Day

When: September 3rd

Famous all over Europe, Welsh Rarebit is a distant cousin to cheese on toast, made with a cheese and ale sauce, and Welsh Rarebit Day celebrates this famous dish. Nobody’s quite sure of the origin of the name, but it’s generally believed to be a jest at the expense of the early poor of Wales, who may largely have subsisted on rabbit and ale (though how this relates back to cheese on toast, we’re not sure).

This Day in History September 3rd

Richard I of England (a.k.a. Richard "the Lionheart") is crowned at Westminster. (1189)

American Revolutionary War: during the Battle of Cooch's Bridge, the Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time. (1777)

American Revolutionary War: the war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain. (1783)

William Wordsworth composes the sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802. (1802)

24 settlers are killed in the Pigeon Roost Massacre in Indiana. (1812)

The image of "Uncle Sam", a symobl of America, was first used. (1813)

Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery. (1838)

American Indian Wars: in Nebraska, 700 soldiers under United States General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village and killing 100 men, women and children. (1855)

American Civil War: Confederate General Leonidas Polk invades neutral Kentucky, prompting the state legislature to ask for Union assistance. (1861)

The first official game of Polo is played in Argentina after being introduced by British Ranchers. (1875)

John Brallier became the first openly professional American football player, when he was paid $10 by David Berry, to play for the Latrobe Athletic Association in a 12-0 win over the Jeanette Athletic Association. (1895)

World War I: Leefe Robinson destroys the German airship Schütte-Lanz SL 11 over Cuffley, north of London; the first German airship to be shot down on British soil. (1916)

USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), the United States' first American-built rigid airship, was destroyed in a squall line over Noble County, Ohio. Fourteen of her 42-man crew perished, including her commander, Zachary Lansdowne. (1925)

Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph (1935)

World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies. (1939)

World War II: The United Kingdom and France begin a naval blockade of Germany that lasts until the end of the war. This also marks the beginning of the Battle of the Atlantic. (1939)

The Holocaust: Karl Fritzsch, deputy camp commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, experiments with the use of Zyklon B in the gassing of Soviet POWs. (1941)

World War II: The Allied invasion of Italy begins on the same day that U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta. (1943)

Holocaust: diarist Anne Frank and her family are placed on the last transport train from the Westerbork transit camp to the Auschwitz concentration camp, arriving three days later. (1944)

"Nino" Farina becomes the first Formula One Drivers' champion after winning the 1950 Italian Grand Prix. (1950)

The first long-running American television soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, airs its first episode on the CBS network. (1951)

The German U-Boat U-505 begins its move from a specially constructed dock to its final site at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. (1954)

Beslan school hostage crisis – day 3: the Beslan hostage crisis ends with the deaths of over 300 people, more than half of which are children. (2004)
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