Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7 - Chocolate Day

That's right ladies (and some gentlemen) it's here, perhaps the best day of the year CHOCOLATE DAY!!!!

It was on this day in 1550 that chocolate was first introduced. Lucky for us we also get to celebrate our love of chocolate on September 13 - International Chocolate Day. An interesting tidbit about chocolate it is in fact a vegetable coming from the Cacao tree. Do you know what this means? You can eat as much chocolate as you like today, its a vegetable!!!

Today is also Global Forgiveness Day and Tell the Truth Day. No less important than chocolate day but not nearly as yummy. Unless as part of these special days you accompany your forgiveness with a lovely chocolate treat. What'd ya say? Be honest, forgive and eat chocolate today!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history.

- Edward I, King of England (Edward Longshanks) dies in 1307 at 68.

- 1585 King Henri III & Duke of Guise signs Treaty of Nemours: French Huguenots (members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France) lose all freedoms.
- "God Save the King" was first sung in 1607.
- The British Museum was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1753 (later opening in 1759).

- American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton (Vermont) started in 1777.
- 1802 the first comic book "The Wasp" by Robert Rusticoat was published.
- Nobel Laureat Physician Camillo Golgi was born in 1843.

Nobel Laureat Physician Camillo Golgi 

- California was annexed by the US in 1846.
- Katipunan: the Revolutionary Philippine Brotherhood is established in 1892 leading to the fall of the Spanish Empire in Asia.
- 1913 British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule Law.
- 1928 Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was "wrapped".
- 1930 Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 71.

- Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr born 1940.

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr 

- 1941 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops, Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono Lithuania and US forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion.
- In 1947 the alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident happened.
- Beatles' "All You Need is Love" is released in 1967.

- Canada's House of Commons approves equality of French-English language in 1969.
- In 1989 diplomat Hugh Keenleyside, who assisted in opening Canada's first legation in Japan and served as the nation's first ambassador to Mexico, was born in Toronto.
- Space shuttle STS-71 (Atlantis 14), lands in 1995.
- 2007 Live Earth worldwide performances.
- 2013 Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to become first Briton since 1936 to win the Wimbledon Championship.

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

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