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June 7, 2013

Today we celebrate:

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Any kind of ice cream is good ice cream, but an ice cream that has chocolate involved is a great ice cream. Ice cream is far older than I ever imagined. Apparently it's origins can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. I'm sure that what they made doesn't in any way resemble what we eat today, but it must have been pretty delicious for the basic concept to have endured for so long.

Banana Split Days – Invented in 1904 by David Evans Strickler, an apprentice Pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy, this delectable dessert combines all kinds of delicious tastes in one dish. I found reference to celebrating this day on June 8th as well. You might be wondering why a pharmacist was messing around in the kitchen. The answer would be that this particular pharmacy, as was common at that time, had a soda fountain in it. Soda fountains served lots of ice cream, snacks and sodas. Bananas were a new food at the time as well since they had just begun to be imported to this country.

National Doughnut Day – Celebrated on the first Friday of June, this day was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor women who served doughnuts to our soldiers during World War I. This day started as a fund raiser for the Salvation Army as they worked to help the large numbers of needy people during the Great Depression.

Daniel Boone Day – Supposedly, on this day in 1769, Daniel Boone saw the forests and valleys of what is now Kentucky for the first time. The Kentucky Historical Society has been celebrating this day for more than 100 years. If you haven't read about Daniel Boone's life, you should. He was a fascinating man.

VCR Day – We still have a working VCR because we still have some old VHS tapes that we watch now and then. For those of you who are too young to know, VCRs are the devices that brought movies into our homes. Prior to this ingenious invention, you had to go to the movie theater if you wanted to see a movie and seeing the same movie 100 times was really not a viable option. VCR's paved the way for the DVD players we have now. And yes, I have one of those too. I'm not so old that I don't embrace new least some of it.

To celebrate today, you're going to have to put the diet on hold. Locate an old VCR movie about Daniel Boone and watch that while you eat doughnuts and banana splits with chocolate ice cream. I don't know about you but I could really get into a day like this.

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