|Currier lithograph obtained from Wikipedia.|
It was on December 16, 1773, that the Boston Sons of Liberty, dressed as Mohawk Indians, stormed onto a British ship, the Dartmouth, tied up in Boston Harbor and tossed its cargo of tea into the sea.
There were many things the British could take -- stiff upper lip and all -- but an attack on tea was simply too much. Boston Harbor was closed and the fuse leading to the start of the American Revolution burned a bit faster from this point on.
On a far more frivolous note, today is also Chocolate Covered Anything Day. We are second to none in our appreciation of chocolate -- we appreciate chocolate with at least as much fervor as the British appreciate their tea -- but we are sure that there are some things we would not care to eat, even if dipped in chocolate. Be careful not to take today's celebration too literally.
Usual Suspects Brownielocks.com and Gone-ta-pott.com proclaim today Barbie and Barney Backlash Day. We'd never heard of it... but we like it.
Peanuts fans will also note that today is Beethoven's Birthday. Schroeder, at least, is celebrating.