20 September

Rum Punch Day

Rum Punch

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Rum Punch

Whether you're a collector of antique punch bowls, a fully-fledged punch anorak, or just a casual dabbler, the original spirits-based mixed drink, punch, is certainly worth celebrating.

The classic punch may be arrack based but Rum Punch is king. There's just something about rum, particularly overproof, that pairs beautifully with the four other ingredients of punch: the sweet, the sour, the spice and the weak.

So we are super-chuffed that today is, officially, Rum Punch Day. And, whether punch originates from "panch", the Hindi word for "five", or "puncheon", a container for liquor [see the history of Punch], we like ours made to the classic proportions - "one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak". Enjoy! And a very happy Rum Punch Day to you.

Genes were discovered

This day in 1852, scientists Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase published a report confirming DNA holds hereditary data after they proved that DNA, not proteins, held the secret to life, and carried genes, by experimenting on viruses that infect bacteria.

The experiments, along with a separate team's discovery of the structure of DNA, would transform the way we see ourselves, and our world, enabling creations as bizarre as glow-in-the-dark mice and as unnerving as goats with human genes. And the male scientist of the duo would be honoured with a Nobel Prize.

We doubt that either Chase or Hershey would have envisaged what their discovery would lead to. But we are toasting them, all the same, with a DNA.

The day that Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs

On this day in 1973, the top women's tennis player, Billie Jean King, beat a retired male No. 1 player, Bobby Riggs, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, watched by an audience of over 50 million worldwide, in a match billed as 'The Battle of the Sexes'.

Why did it matter? Well, Riggs, a self-proclaimed chauvinist, had been bragging the world over that even at his advanced age (55), he could beat any woman, no matter who. And he had previously beaten Margaret Court. Billie Jean King, however, smashed him, comprehensively, in straight sets. A victory which women the world over considered a blow for women's lib.

We are toasting Ms King with a Lady's Sidecar, a theoretically feminine take on the classic Sidecar cocktail.

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