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NATIONAL TWEED DAY – April 3

NATIONAL TWEED DAY Celebrated annually on April 3,  is National Tweed Day.  This day has a few different meanings, so you can choose as to which one you believe is the source of National Tweed Day. Some people believe that National Tweed Day is celebrated  to recognize senator-turned-crook William “Boss” Tweed.  Tweed was born on April 3, 1823.  He was the wealthiest and most powerful politician of his time.  While being considered the “poster boy”  for political corruption, Tweed is still known by many as one of the most notorious politicians in American history.  He died in 1978, in jail, after being caught with stealing millions of dollars of public money. Others believe that it celebrates the tweed fabric.  ”Tweed is a rough, unfinished woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern. Subdued, interesting colour effects (such as heather mixtures) are obtained by twisting together differently colored woolen strands into a two- or three-ply yarn. (Wikipedia) Tweed was often worn by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones. NATIONAL TWEED DAY HISTORY Our research was unable to find the creator of National Tweed Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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2 Responses to “NATIONAL TWEED DAY – April 3”

  1. Checkerman April 3, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    He died in 1878, I think you mean to say.

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