Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 10 -- Iced Tea Day and a correction

Last year, we told you that June 10 was Yo-Yo Day. This year, you may have noticed, we told you that June 6 was Yo-Yo Day.

The page we linked to last year seems to be in the June 6 camp. We can't figure out what source gave us the June 10 date. We herewith abandon any claim that that June 10 is Yo-Yo Day.

We hope this disclosure hasn't upset your Monday planning too much.

Meanwhile, now that we know what June 10 isn't, what will June 10 be? Well, the Usual Suspects are in pretty unanimous accord on this: Monday, June 10 will be Iced Tea Day.

Iced tea may be different from region to region in the United States. In the North it's just like regular tea, only cold. In the South great heaping amounts of sugar are larded in, making the tea allegedly "sweet." We can accept that... assuming "sweet" means "undrinkable."

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by Dr. Robert Smith and Bill Wilson (Dr. Bob and Bill W.) in 1935. June 10, 1935 is remembered in AA lore as the date of Dr. Bob's last drink and is celebrated as the date on which AA was founded. It would be alright to have an iced tea (even a "sweet" tea) to commemorate Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day.

Alexander the Great died on June 10, 323 B.C. Well, he died on either June 10 or June 11 -- but, really, 2,336 years later it's pretty remarkable that we have it narrowed down so close.

Judy Garland was born on June 10, 1922. Two very different persons, but both with important Chicago connections, were also born on June 10: Bluesman Howlin' Wolf was born June 10, 1910. Although born in Mississippi, Wolf lived in the Chicago area from the early 1950s until his death in 1976; his most famous recordings were made in Chicago at Chess Records. Nobel laureate Saul Bellow was born in Canada on June 10, 1915, but moved to Chicago at a young age and, later, taught at the University of Chicago for some 30 years.

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