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National Gumdrop Day

Saturday, February 15, 2014

National Gumdrop Day

When : Always February 15th

National Gumdrop Day honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the "Gummi" candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet.

On National Gumdrop Day, you know what to do... eat Gumdrops to your heart's content!

Test your Knowledge: Quiz: What children's board game includes Gumdrops? For the answer, scroll down.

Origin of National Gumdrop Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. It was most likely started by a candy maker.

This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

Answer to quiz(above): The popular Candyland board game by Milton-Bradley. First introduced in 1949, it includes Gumdrop Mountain and Gumdrop Pass.

This Day in History February 15th

While on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World. (1493)

The city of St. Louis, Missouri is established. (1764)

American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant attacks Fort Donelson, Tennessee. (1862)

Women's rights: American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. (1879)

The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain. (1898)

the serum arrives in Nome, Alaska, ending the 1925 serum run to Nome, with Balto being the lead dog of the last team. (1925)

In Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, but instead shoots Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak, who dies of his wounds on March 6, 1933. (1933)

World War II: Fall of Singapore. Following an assault by Japanese forces, the British General Arthur Percival surrenders. About 80,000 Indian, United Kingdom and Australian soldiers become prisoners of war, the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history. (1942)

World War II: The assault on Monte Cassino, Italy, begins. (1944)

World War II: Third day of bombing in Dresden. (1945)

ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. (1946)

Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls. (1949)

Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska. (1954)

A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner. (1965)

Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time. (1972)

José María Velasco Ibarra, serving as President of Ecuador for the fifth time, is overthrown by the military for the fourth time. (1972)

David Pearson survived a last lap chaos with Richard Petty and limped his car to victory lane to win his only Daytona 500 victory in one of NASCAR's amazing endings. (1976)

Soviet war in Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan. (1989)

At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people. (1996)

Indian Point II nuclear power plant in New York State vents a small amount of radioactive steam when a steam generator fails. (2000)

Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history. (2003)

A meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14. (2013)
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