Day of Reconciliation
December 16, 2013 in South Africa

Day of Reconciliation is celebrated on December 16, 2013. The Day of Reconciliation is a public holiday in South Africa. The holiday came into effect in 1994 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity. The day is also the de facto start of the South African summer holiday period being the first of four public holidays to fall in a sixteen-day period at the height of summer. Before 1994, 16 December was commemorated as the Day of the Vow, also known as Day of the Covenant or Dingaan’s Day.

Where is Day of Reconciliation?
Nationwide South Africa

Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 16, 2013 in the USA

It’s Chocolate Covered Anything Day! Chocoholics, rejoice! Today is your opportunity to top everything that you eat with chocolate. Indulge in chocolate covered waffles for breakfast, chocolate covered crepes for lunch, chocolate covered pretzels for a snack, and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert! You can also get creative and experiment with more unusual dishes like beef tenderloin smothered in a rosemary, chocolate, and wine sauce.

There are many different types of chocolate that you can use to top your food: sweetened, unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, and more. Fun fact: Cacao beans, the main ingredient in chocolate, were so valuable in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations that they were used as currency to pay for commodities and taxes!

Cover your food in chocolate today, and, in spirit of the holiday season, share some of your chocolate covered treats with your friends and family. Enjoy!

Where is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

755 – An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.

1631 – Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000

1689 – English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution

1707 – Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.

1773 – Big tea party in Boston harbor-indians welcome (Boston Tea Party)

1880 – Republic of South-Africa forms

1913 – Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week

1915 – Albert Einstein publishes his “General Theory of Relativity”

1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

1969 – Brit House of Commons votes 343-185 abolishing the death penalty

1970 – 1st successful landing on Venus (USSR)

1991 – UN reverses ruling that Zionism is racism by 111-25 (13 abstain) vote