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National Doughnut Day

Friday, June 06, 2014

National Doughnut Day

When : Always the first Friday in June

National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army.

The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army's "first doughnut girl".

On National Doughnut Day, look to see if your local doughnut shop, or other organizations, are offering free donuts to solicit donations for the Salvation Army or for another needy cause. If you find them, please be generous.

The Origin of National Doughnut Day:

National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression, and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared doughnuts and other foods for thousands of soldiers.

This Day in History June 6th

Francis Drake's forces raid St. Augustine in Spanish Florida. (1586)

Queen Christina abdicates the Swedish throne and is succeeded by her cousin Charles X Gustav. She abdicated because she wanted to become a Catholic (which is forbidden in the strictly Protestant Sweden) and did not want to marry to produce an heir to the throne. (1654)

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum. (1683)

War of 1812: Battle of Stoney Creek โ€“ A British force of 700 under John Vincent defeats an American force two times its size under William Winder and John Chandler. (1813)

Alexis St. Martin is accidentally shot in the stomach, leading to William Beaumont's studies on digestion. (1822)

U.S. President Andrew Jackson becomes the first President to ride on a train. (1833)

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London. (1844)

Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day). (1859)

American Civil War: Battle of Memphis โ€“ Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates. (1862)

More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are killed as a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into the harbor. (1882)

The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle. (1889)

The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. (1912)

World War I: Battle of Belleau Wood โ€“ The U.S. Marine Corps suffers its worst single day's casualties while attempting to recapture the wood at Chateau-Thierry. (1918)

The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (1⁄4ยข/L) sold. (1932)

The first drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States. (1933)

New Deal: the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Act of 1933 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (1934)

World War II: Battle of Midway. U.S. Navy dive bombers sink the Japanese cruiser Mikuma and four Japanese carriers. (1942)

World War II: the Battle of Normandy begins. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. (1944)

The National Basketball Association is created, with eleven teams. (1946)

Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Robert F. Kennedy, Democratic Party senator from New York and brother of 35th President John F. Kennedy, dies from gunshot wounds inflicted on June 5. (1968)

Vietnam War: the Battle of Long Khanh between Australian and Vietnamese communist forces begins. (1971)

The 1982 Lebanon War begins. Forces under Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon invade southern Lebanon during Operation Peace for the Galilee, eventually reaching as far north as the capital Beirut. (1982)

Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all time, is released. (1984)

The grave of "Wolfgang Gerhard" is opened in Embu, Brazil; the remains exumed are later proven to be those of Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's "Angel of Death". Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in February 1979. (1985)

Prom Mom incident: While attending her senior prom in Lacey Township, New Jersey, Melissa Drexler gives birth in a bathroom stall, leaves the baby to die in a trash can and then returns to the prom. (1997)

Eastern Mediterranean event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 meters in diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb. (2002)

In Gonzales v. Raich, the United States Supreme Court upholds a federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana. (2005)
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  • PMAY0313
    1475 days ago
    Seems like I was celebrating this holiday most of last week by having beignets in New Orleans! Hadn't had one in ages, then 3x last week!
    1476 days ago
    Are you going to get a doughnut?? emoticon
    1476 days ago
    Busy day! Thanks for sharing (though I wil not be celebrating national Doughnut day!) emoticon
    1476 days ago
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