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National Pistachio Day - it's a nutty day!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

National Pistachio Day

When : Always February 26th

National Pistachio Day is a nutty day. You can celebrate National Pistachio Day by eating them, and learning more about them. We're going to help with the learning part........ read on.

Nutty Pistachio Facts:

Pistachios grow on trees. They are native to the Middle East.
Its a long wait to get the first nut. A pistachio tree takes 7-10 years to mature.
California is the major producer in the U.S.
Pistachios are harvested in September by machines that shake the trees. In less than a minute.
The red dye is added to the nuts is only due to consumer demand for the color.
Its open hull is unique. The nut is ripe when the hull splits open.
People in the Middle East call it the "smiling nut" and in China its called the "happy nut".
Pistachios are nutritious, so eat them up!

Celebrate today by eating Pistachios. They are great plain as a snack, in ice cream, and in a wide range of desserts.

Origin of National Pistachio Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. A national pistachio organization wonder's why this day could be in February. They wanted to move this day, or create a new one to celebrate the September harvest of the pistachio crop. They also wanted to make the new day a national one. Making it a true "National" day proved to be too long of a process and time consuming. They felt that congress had more important things to do.

This Day in History February 26th

The first Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen burns down. (1794)

Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba. (1815)

Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London. (1909)

HMHS Britannic, sister to the RMS Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast. (1914)

The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York. (1917)

President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park - the Grand Canyon National Park. (1919)

The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, receives its première in Berlin. (1920)

President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. (1929)

Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. (1935)

Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of radar in the United Kingdom. (1935)

Finnish observers report the first of many thousands of sightings of ghost rockets. (1946)

Apollo Program: Launch of AS-201, the first flight of the Saturn IB rocket (1966)

Vietnam War: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam. (1966)

U.N. Secretary General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day. (1971)

The Buffalo Creek Flood caused by a burst dam kills 125 in West Virginia. (1972)

Iran-Contra affair: The Tower Commission rebukes President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff. (1987)

Gulf War: United States Army forces capture the town of Al Busayyah. (1991)

World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over a thousand. (1993)

Selena gives her last televised concert in front of over 66,746 people, for a record breaking 3rd time at the Houston Astrodome, nearly a month before she is shot to death by Yolanda Saldívar, the former president of her fan club. (1995)

A train derails in Burlington, Ontario, Canada killing at least three people and injuring 45. (2012)

A hot air balloon crashes near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people. (2013)
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