On this day in 1996, George R. R Martin, the American novelist dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, published A Game of Thrones, the first instalment
One of the world's great drinkers, a buddy of hellraisers Richard Harris and Richard Burton, and the most-nominated lead actor never to win an Academy
We have America to thank for National Watermelon Day which falls annually on this day. Why the 3rd August? Who cares, it's a good excuse to eat a watermelon,
The word National in the title of this celebratory day is key. This is a day to, if possible, not just enjoy white wine but to celebrate your own nation's
Whether you're enjoying them raw, cooked or just trying to find a pearl, the oyster has a long history dating back to the age of the dinosaurs and has
This day in 1962, after 300 years of British rule, the Union Jack was ceremonially lowered and the new Jamaican flag proudly hoisted aloft as Jamaica declared
The man who is arguably New Orleans's most famous bartender, Henry Charles Ramos, generally known as Carl, made his appearance on this day in 1856 in Indiana,
During the 1700s, the first worldwide currency appeared. And, no, it wasn't the US dollar, but a Spanish silver coin with a value of eight Spanish reales,
Very few countries are blessed with an instantly recognisable national cocktail – yet Singapore, which celebrates its independence from Malaysia this
First celebrated on this day in 2013, World Lion Day aims to raise awareness and build support for the conservation of these endangered big cats.
Mountain Day, also known as 'Yama no Hi' in Japan, is a day to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.
Today is a great day for gourmets. If not such a good day for grouse. It is, of course, the Glorious Twelfth, the day when the shooting season opens in
One of the most sold sparkling wines in both the USA and UK, prosecco adds a touch of Italian sparkle to numerous cocktails.
This day in 2003, a domino effect, thought to have started by a power plant in Ohio unexpectedly shutting down, led to power cuts in successive states
Sweet, tangy and delicious! No wonder the lemon meringue pie is one of the most popular desserts both here in the UK and across the pond in the States.
August 16th is National Rum Day in the United States so for the rest of us it's International Rum Day - because, let's face it, there's never a bad day
On this day in 1859, balloonist John Wise attempted the first ever mail delivery by air - taking to the skies in Lafayette, Indiana, and aiming for New
The wine created from its namesake grape may have its birthplace in Burgundy, France, but there are now far more pinot noir vines planted a little further
The old adage is still as true today as it ever was: a picture is worth a thousand words. It's certainly far easier to convey a message with a photograph
Mosquitoes don't actually bite humans - they don't have teeth. The reality is more shocking. Mozzies drive their serrated proboscis through the skin to
Some 2,000 miles west of California in the Pacific Ocean lies the land of surfing, hula dancers, lūʻaus and poke bowls. We are, of course, talking about
Today is National Tooth Fairy Day in the US and it seems like the kind of day we should be celebrating internationally. After all, as a force for good
The sponge cake has conquered the world with versions popular in countries across Europe and as far afield as Malaya, but it is the Americans we have to
Founded by Patrick Grant, a New York musician, International Strange Music Day aims to broaden minds by encouraging people to listen to something new,
They have a day for everything in the States and today is National Whiskey Sour Day in America, a wonderful excuse to revisit this classic cocktail and
In 1856, a teenage chemistry prodigy, William Perkin, accidentally invented a new colour. His discovery, mauveine, which he patented on this day, would
Go Bananas! It's National Banana Lovers Day. Today we celebrate the world's favourite fruit, and rightly so, as this delicious snack packs a healthy punch
Known as the Dean of Drink - in contrast to Jerry Thomas' Professor - Harry Johnson, one of the pioneers of bartending, was born on this day in 1845 in
It may not be one to sample straight up, but lemon juice is an incredibly useful and versatile ingredient that adds zingy freshness and cuts across anything
On this day in 1921 Dr J.B. Siegert & Sons medicinal liquor company, which had been marketing bitters out of first Venezuela then Trinidad for almost a
Any excuse for a party in the Caribbean: today Trinidadians and Tobagonians are bringing out the steel drums, calypso, limbo dancers and rum for an all-day
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