Today in History:
– Australian outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged in a Melbourne jail after having been convicted of a series of robberies and murders. One of the last bushrangers, and by far the most famous, he is best known for wearing a suit of bulletproof armor during his final shootout with the police.
– Science magazine publishes a report on the discovery of a new species of marine crocodile that lived some 135 million years ago, in the time of dinosaurs; the new creature, Dakosaurus andiniensis, is unique among crocodiles in that its head resembles that of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
– Microsoft chairman Bill Gates pledges to donate $100 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat the spread of HIV infection in India.
November 11th is National…
Sundae Day – 1892 – Ithaca, NY has the oldest known record for this tasty ice cream desert with a public advertisement for a Cherry Sunday. According to legend, Reverend John M. Scott stopped to order a bowl of ice cream at Platt & Colt Pharmacy, where Chester Platt, proprietor, began preparing the ice cream for his customer, he didn’t stop at just a couple of scoops of vanilla. Platt drizzled cherry syrup over the ice cream and topped them with a bright red, candied cherry. The dessert looked and tasted so delightful it required its own name. Since the day was Sunday, it was named for the day it was created.
However, the origin of the dessert is still debated today. According to rumor, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Druggist Edward Berners served the first ice cream sundae in 1881when George Hallauer ordered an ice cream soda on a Sunday. Ordinances at the time prohibited the sale of ice cream sodas on the Sabbath. So Berners came up with a compromise. He served the ice cream in a dish minus the soda and topped it with chocolate syrup. Given the day, he called it a Sundae.
Veterans Day – honors military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. The federal holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which marks the end of World War I.
Singles Day – International (China) – Singles Day was created to celebrate being single.
China is the most populous country in the world with a population of 1.4 billion people. There are approximately 118 boys born for every 100 girls. For more than 3 decades, the one-child policy was enforced in China. Since males were valued more than females 37 million Chinese girls were aborted, abandoned, or killed. This gender disparity helped to create a culture of bachelors in China. Singles Day (also known as Bachelor’s Day) was created for men who chose to live a single lifestyle. Today both men and women celebrate the day. This holiday has become the largest offline and online shopping day in the world, far exceeding Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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