This unofficial national day celebrates a well-known landmark on Route 66 that has been described as “the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles”. Chicken Boy is a fibreglass statue of a chicken-headed boy grasping a bucket of chicken.
He stands 6.7 metres (22 feet) tall and is named after the 1960s restaurant he first graced. When the restaurant closed, he went into storage until a Los Angeles art director found a suitable location. In 2010, California's then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recognised him with a Governor's Historic Preservation Award. Today, let's salute him with a bittersweet, fruity sipper, the Salty Bird.
World War II began on this in 1939, when German troops invaded Poland, claiming that Polish soldiers had attacked a German radio station.
They hadn't. The body found at the scene, dressed in Polish army uniform, complete with forged identification, was a prisoner from a concentration camp who had been dressed up, shot and killed to create a pretext for invasion.
What was a European war would grow to encompass much of the world, kill tens of millions of soldiers and civilians, and traumatize the planet on a scale previously unimaginable. Which makes today very much worth remembering. We are honouring those who died with an appropriately named drink, the Warsaw Pact.