NATIONAL BALLPOINT PEN DAY | NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY
Join us as we celebrate National Ballpoint Pen Day, the founding of Alcoholic's Anonymous, and Iced Tea Day.
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NATIONAL BALLPOINT PEN DAY
Grab your ballpoint pen and write this on your calendar. June 10th of each year is National Ballpoint Pen Day.
This particular day commemorates the ballpoint pen and marks the anniversary of the patent filing on June 10, 1943. Before 1943, anyone who wanted to write a letter or scribble some notes on a piece of paper would have to use a fountain pen or pencil.
Now the dominant writing instrument, the ballpoint pen was originally conceived and developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to the quill and fountain pens. Every day, millions are manufactured and sold worldwide. Lost cost and its omnipresence assure that there is always a ballpoint pen within your reach.
In earlier years, many attempts by inventors led to failed patents as their inventions did not deliver the ink evenly and also had overflow and clogging issues. Brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro are credited with the invention of the ballpoint pen and obtained a patent in June of 1943.
HOW TO OBSERVE Grab a ballpoint pen and write a letter to someone. Use #BallpointPenDay when using social media.
HISTORY Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Ballpoint Pen Day.
NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY
National Iced Tea Day is observed annually on June 10th. This day is set aside to celebrate one of summer’s favorite drinks.
Whether it is sweetened or unsweetened, with or without lemon, it is loved by many and enjoyed by the glass full all summer long. Iced tea can be found in many flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, lime, passions fruit, strawberry and cherry.
An alternative to carbonated soft drinks and quite popular in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed. It can be readily found in restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines, grocery stores and self-serve soda fountains.
Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870s. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876 and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes. It is believed, however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860′s and became widespread in the 1870s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations. The popularity of refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Green tea has been suggested to be used for a variety of positive health benefits.
- Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Some forms of cancer
- Oral health
- Reduce blood pressure
- Weight control
- Antibacterial and antiviral activity
- Protection from solar ultraviolet light
- Anti-fibrotic properties
- Neuroprotective power
HOW TO OBSERVE Brew and enjoy a glass of iced tea with friends. Enjoy a drink during lunch at your favorite restaurant. Share on social media using #NationalIcedTeaDay. HISTORY Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Iced Tea Day.
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