Celebrate the Year’s Most Delicious Holiday: National Chocolate Day!

October 28, 2017 12:00 pm

Happy National Chocolate Day, Dahlgren! If you're a self-proclaimed chocoholic, then you'll love celebrating this delicious holiday. Here are some fun facts about National Chocolate Day.

  • The U.S. National Confectioners Association lists four primary chocolate holidays on their calendar: July 7 is Chocolate Day, both October 28 and December 28 are listed as National Chocolate Day, and International Chocolate Day is September 13.
  • Chocolate is a confection made from cacao seeds, which grow on cacao trees in the tropics. Seeds are removed from the their pods and then dried, roasted and ground into cocoa powder or paste, which is then mixed with other ingredients such as butters, oils, sweeteners, milk and flour to produce chocolate.
  • Chocolate is a staple in the American diet, with sales of over 21 billion dollars in 2014.
  • There are approximately 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa, producing nearly 70% of the world's cocoa.
  • Cote D'Ivoire, a country in West Africa, produces the most cocoa. The small nation supplies nearly 40% of the world's cocoa.
  • It takes between 2 and 4 days to make one chocolate bar.

National Chocolate Day History [Win Calendar]

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National Navy Day is October 27! Some Facts About This Historic Date

October 27, 2017 12:00 pm

Happy National Navy Day, Dahlgren! Here are some interesting facts about this annual holiday.

  • Navy Day was originally sponsored by the Navy League in 1922.
  • The United States Navy was originally established as the Continental navy on October 13, 1775.
  • The Navy League of New York proposed that the official observance be on October 27 in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was born on that day.
  • In 1972 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October as the Navy’s birthday. Unlike Navy Day, the Navy's birthday is an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents.
  • Navy Day is designed to give recognition to the naval service.

The Two Navy Holidays: Navy Birthday and Navy Day [Military.com]

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Happy First Day of Fall!

September 22, 2017 12:08 pm

Today is the first day of the fall season, and more importantly, the Autumn equinox, when night and day are exactly equal in length. Here are a few interesting facts that you might not know about this important natural phenomenon.

  • From the Autumn Equinox until the Winter Solstice, the nights will get continually longer and the days will get continually shorter.
  • Fall (and the cooler weather that comes with it) isn't caused by Earth's increasing distance from the sun, but rather by the Earth's tilt in relation to the sun.
  • The red, orange and yellow colors of the fall leaves a decrease in the pigment chlorophyll, which gives them their green color. When the temperature cools, the chlorophyll breaks down and exposes other pigments.
  • The word "fall" dates back to the 1600s, when British poets began to use it to describe the season because of the falling leaves.
  • This year, the Autumn Equinox officially begins at 4:02 p.m. ET in the Northern Hemisphere.

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