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NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY

Celebrated each year on April 29, it is National Peace Rose Day.   Today is set aside to honor the Peace rose, a well known and successful garden rose.

The light yellow to cream colored large flowers of the Peace rose have slightly flushed crimson pink petal edges.  It is a hybrid tea rose that is hardy, vigorous and highly resistant to disease.

French horticulturist Francis Meilland, developed the Peace rose between 1935 and 1939.  When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France, to protect the new rose, he sent cutting to his friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany and the United States. It is believed that these cuttings were sent to the United States on the last plane that was available before the German invasion.

The rose received different names in each country it was sent to.  In France, it was called “Madame A. Meilland” in honor of the breeder’s mother.  In Italy, it is call Gioia, meaning Joy.  In Germany, the name of the rose is Gloria Dei, for glory to god. In the United States, the rose was named Peace.

The day that Berlin fell, officially considered the end of the Second World War in Europe, was the day that the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced, as the name of the rose,  in the United States which was on April 29, 1945.

Later in 1945, Peace roses were given to each delegate at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations, in San Francisco, with a note that read:
“We hope the “Peace” rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.

NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Peace Rose Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY

National Zipper Day is celebrated each year on April 29.  This day celebrates something that we often do not think about and just automatically take for granted.

It was first in 1851 that Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, received a patent for an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure”.  Howe did not market it and missed the recognition he may have received for his invention.

Forty two years later, Whitcomb Judson marketed the “Clasp Locker”.  Being very similiar to Elias Howe’s patent, this device served as a more complicated hook-and-eye shoe fastener.  Judson started the Universal Fastener Company where he manufactured his new device and debuted it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 but was met with little success.  This did give Judson credit for inventing the zipper as he was the first person to market it.

In 1906, Giden Sundback, a Swedish American electrical engineer, was hired to work Universal Fastener Company.  His good technical skills, design skills and devotion to the company led to his designing of the modern zipper in 1913.   The patent for the “Separable Fastener was issued in 1917.

In 1923, the B.F. Goodrich Company named the popular zipper.

** You can find the world’s longest zipper at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport.  The zipper measures 6,000 feet long.  The name of the hotel’s nightclub is “Zippers”. **

NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Zipper Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY

Annually celebrated on April 29, it is National Shrimp Scampi Day.  Today we honor the delicious dish of shrimp cooked with butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine.

Scampi is a culinary name for a kind of small lobster known as Nephrops norvegicus, Norway lobster, Dublin Bay prawn, langoustine or “true scampi”. The name is often used to loosely describe a style of preparation typical for this lobster.”

Enjoy your favorite Shrimp Scampi dish today!

Following is a link to a “tried and true” Shrimp Scampi recipe:
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/shrimp_scampi/

NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator of National Shrimp Scampi Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_rose

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zipper

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gideon_Sundback

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1988-11-17/news/8803070459_1_zipper-airport-fort-lauderdale

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scampi

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