Fruitcake Day
December 27, 2013 in the USA

National Fruitcake Day is celebrated on December 27, 2013. Fruitcake is a cake made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and soaked in spirits. A cake that simply has fruit in it as an ingredient can also be colloquially called a fruit cake. Fruit cakes are often served in celebration of weddings and Christmas. Given their rich nature, fruit cake is most often consumed on its own, as opposed to with condiments (such as butter or cream).

Typical American fruit cakes are rich in fruit and nuts. In the United States, the fruit cake has been a ridiculed dessert. Some attribute the beginning of this trend with The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. He would joke that there really is only one fruitcake in the world, passed from family to family. Commercial fruit cakes are often sold from catalogs by charities as a fund raiser.

Where is National Fruitcake Day?
Nationwide USA

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
December 27, 2013 in the World

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day is observed on December 27, 2013. The snowflake is often a traditional seasonal image or motif used around the Christmas period, especially in Europe and the United States. It represents the traditional White Christmas. During this period it is quite popular to make paper snowflakes by folding a piece of paper several times, cutting out a pattern with scissors and then unfolding it.

A snowflake is either a single ice crystal or an aggregation of ice crystals which falls through the Earth’s atmosphere. They begin as snow crystals which develop when microscopic supercooled cloud droplets freeze. Snowflakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Complex shapes emerge as the flake moves through differing temperature and humidity regimes, such that individual snowflakes are nearly unique in structure.

Where is Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day?

Historical Events:

1437 – Albrecht II von Habsburg becomes king of Bohemia

1512 – The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World.

1825 – 1st public railway using steam locomotive completed in England between Stockton and Darlington

1871 – World’s 1st cat show (Crystal Palace, London)

1900 – Carrie Nation’s 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)

1918 – The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans begins.

1932 – Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)

1934 – Shah of Persia declares Persia now Iran

1937 – Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

1942 – 1st Japanese women camp (Ambarawa) goes into use

1945 – International Monetary Fund established-World Bank founded

1945 – The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.

1947 – 1st “Howdy Doody Show” (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC

1978 – Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

1979 – Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown

2001 – The People’s Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.