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Today is the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), celebrated in Mexico during the first two days of November, an occasion which (almost) seamlessly blends
At 319 feet 11 inches, the Spruce Goose, or more correctly the H-4 Hercules, boasts the largest wingspan of any aircraft ever built. It made its maiden
The author of that seminal work, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David Augustus Embury was born on this day in 1886 in Pine Woods, upstate New York. He
This day in 1922, the Egyptologist Howard Carter was about to give up hope on ever finding the tomb of Tutankhamun, which he was convinced lay somewhere
Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.
Somebody somewhere, probably in America, decided today was Hot Scotch & Lemon Day, and who are we to argue? Although we'd like to point out that such a
The first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes and the
Of all the cocktails to have its very own day, the Harvey Wallbanger is probably the most surprising. But, yes, Harvey Wallbanger Day is a thing in American.
On this day in 1989, protestors tore down the Berlin Wall, which had divided communist East Germany from capitalist West Germany since 1961.
The splendidly named Stanton Delaplane, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, may have won a Pulitzer Prize for Reporting, but his legacy remains
Today is Veterans Day in the US, Remembrance Day across the Commonwealth, and Armistice Day in France and Belgium – a solemn occasion when we remember
On this day in 1933, a gentleman named Hugh Gray was out for a stroll along the banks of Loch Ness, the largest freshwater lake in the UK, when he saw
You can no more keep a martini in the refrigerator than you can keep a kiss there. The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it
In a bit of a pickle? Perfect, because today is National Pickle Day. Celebrated annually on 14th November, this is yet another calendar day that originated
On this day in 1904, the fabulously named King Camp Gillette received a patent for a new kind of razor, putting a gadzillion barber shops out of business
Today is Havana's birthday, an occasion that its residents commemorate by walking around the ceiba tree next to El Templete, a shrine placed on the spot
One of the world’s most influential directors, the man behind Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Wolf of Wall Street and, of
International Poitín Day was both launched and established in 2015 at an event held at the Sun Tavern in London's Bethnal Green by Bán Poitín.
This day in 2007, Amazon released its very first Kindle. Four and a half hours after that, the device sold out. And a technology that many had been talking
Marian Beke, founder of The Gibson Bar in London, launched World Gibson Martini Day in 2018 to celebrate this classic cocktail.
In 1996, against considerable opposition, the United Nations proclaimed today World Television Day, a chance to highlight the role of communications, good
On 22 November 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in Dallas, Texas.
No, this is not a misprint. Today, the 23rd November really is St George's Day - in Georgia, where the lucky folk get the day off work to boot.
An English naturalist and geologist, who spent almost five years recording the wildlife of Latin America from his base on board HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin
Born Karl Friedrich Michael Vaillant in Karlsruhe, Germany, on this day in 1844, Karl Benz would go on to fulfil his lifetime's dream of designing a horseless
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine... Casablanca, a movie that still routinely tops lists of the best films of
A prolific author of drinking songs – and more delicate poems, too – the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, the man who brought us carpe diem (seize
Saudi Arabia finally saw women vote for the first time in 2015, so Vatican City is now the only country where men have voting rights but women don't. Now
Who would have thought three lines and a couple of dots could be so much fun? Pong, the devilishly simple game that kick-started the video-game era, launched
Today is the day when Scots around the world celebrate their patron saint, St Andrew, who intervened in a memorable battle against the Angles around a
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