Antiques, Winston Churchill, Appomattox, Jenkin’s Ear, and Chinese Almond Cookies

April 9, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning my antique amigos. Today is Friday, April 9, 2021. Today is the 99th day of the year, and 266 days remain.

National Cherish an Antique Day   

National Cherish an Antique Day is celebrated annually on April 9th. You can surmise from its name that this holiday urges us to find our hidden treasures and cherish them today.
We all have cherished family heirlooms that have been passed down from generation to generation. Your grandmother’s fine china or Sterling silver flatware, a cabinet or other piece of furniture, or simply your mother’s wedding dress are all examples of some of the cherished antiques that families hold onto. However, in today’s disposable world, finding something hand-crafted with care and attention to detail by skilled craftsmen is rare. Craftsmanship seems to have been replaced by convenience and low cost. So, if you have something of quality that has survived for generations, today is the day to cherish it.
One way to celebrate National Cherish an Antique Day is to visit a museum with your family. Pay particular attention to the craftsmanship and the history of each piece. Another way to celebrate this holiday is to find any of those family heirlooms and keepsakes, handed down from generation to generation, that are hidden away in your closets. Polish them up and proudly put them on display. Gather your family together and tell them the history behind each one and why you cherish them so much. That way, they will know the story behind them when they sell them on eBay or at the Antiques Road Show after you’re gone.
Author’s Note: 
A cautionary statement to all of my male readers. Do not, under any circumstances, mention Cherish an Antique Day and your wife in the same sentence. No good can come from this.

Winston Churchill Day

Winston Churchill Day is celebrated annually on April 9th. As you might suspect, this holiday honors Winston Churchill – one of the greatest statesmen in history. However, what you probably didn’t expect, is that it does not celebrate his birth date or the date of his death – but rather the date in 1963 when he became an honorary American citizen.
Winston Churchill was only the second person to receive this honor, although this was the first time Congress had resolved that it was to be bestowed by the President of the United States, on a foreign national. Because of his deteriorating health, he was unable to attend the ceremony chaired by President John F. Kennedy at the White House, so his son and grandson accepted the award on his behalf. It was hoped that he could participate in the ceremony live from his home, but the television connection failed. He did, however, get to see the recorded version of it later.
To celebrate Winston Churchill Day, learn more about this vaunted statesman and the role he played in modern history.
Author’s Note: 
To become an honorary American citizen, Congress must first pass, then the President must sign, a proposal stating the reasons for the award; just like a law.

Appomattox Day 

Appomattox Day is celebrated annually on April 8th. You needn’t be a historian to glean that this holiday celebrates the date in 1865 that Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union army accepted the surrender of General Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy. The formal surrender took place at the Appomattox Court House, VA, at the home of Wilmer McClean. This ended the Civil War, which had cost more than half a million lives.
To celebrate Appomattox Day, learn more about the Civil War, and the effect it had on the history of America.
Author’s Note:
After the surrender formally took place, the Confederate soldiers were forced to turn in their weapons, but were allowed to keep their horses and return to their homes; the officers were allowed to retain their sidearms and swords as well.

Jenkins Ear Day

Jenkins Ear Day is celebrated annually on April 9th. This little-known British holiday commemorates the date in 1731 on which the Spanish Coast Guard (guardacosta) boarded and plundered the British ship, Rebecca, off the coast of Jamaica and, among other outrages, cut off the ear of English master mariner Robert Jenkins. Little notice was taken until seven years later when Jenkins exhibited the detached ear and described the atrocity to a committee of the House of Commons.
The incident provided the impetus to declare war against the Spanish Empire, ostensibly to encourage the Spanish not to renege on the lucrative Asiento contract (permission to sell slaves in Spanish America). Britain declared war on Spain in October 1739, a war that lasted until 1748 and is still known as the “War of Jenkins’s Ear.” After 1742, the war was subsumed by the wider War of the Austrian Succession involving most of the powers of Europe. Peace arrived with the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748.
To observe Jenkin’s Ear Day, learn more about this war and its repercussions.
Author’s Note:
From the English perspective, the war was notable because it was the first time a regiment of colonial American troops were raised and placed “on the Establishment” – made a part of the Regular British Army – and sent to fight outside of North America.

Chinese Almond Cookie Day 

Chinese Almond Cookie Day is celebrated annually on April 9th. You needn’t be the Cookie Monster to conclude that this holiday celebrates Chinese almond cookies.
The history of Chinese almond cookies is unclear. Chinese folklore says that Chinese almond cookies originated in southern and southeastern China. These almond cookies are usually enjoyed around Chinese New Year and are given as gifts to family and friends. In Mandarin Chinese, these are more literally called “Almond Cakes.”
In some Chinese restaurants, they are served to cleanse the palate after several courses, rather than being regarded as a dessert. Some food historians say that the Chinese almond cookie was adapted from the Chinese walnut cookie, a plain cookie with a walnut in the center, which was thought to bring good luck. An American variation also exists using pecans instead of almonds (or walnuts).
Like chop suey and fortune cookies, Chinese almond cookies appear to have been introduced to America sometime after the first wave of Chinese immigration to the United States in the mid-1800s. There is no written record of almond cookies anywhere prior to the early 1900s after they appeared in America.
Today, you can find  Chinese almond cookies worldwide in Chinese restaurants and bakeries. To celebrate Chinese Almond Cookie Day, enjoy a night out at a Chinese restaurant, and be sure to get some extra Chinese Almond Cookies to go.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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