Irish-American Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. It was first celebrated in 1991. Nine signers of the Declaration of Independence were Irish, as were over 20 of Washington’s generals. Over 190,000 Irish-born Americans fought in the Civil War. Two hundred and fifty-three Irish-born men received a Medal of Honor. Irish is the second most popular ethnicity Americans claim. Nearly 35 million Americans reported to the census to have Irish heritage. That’s seven times the population of Ireland.
National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day
According to MNN.com, Archibutyrophobia (pronounced A’-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth. Also, women and children like creamy peanut butter best, men like chunky peanut butter best, the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made in Grand Saline, T.X., weighed 1,342 pounds, it takes one acre of peanuts to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches and we spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter in the United States.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Ron Howard (Opie) – Actor & Director – born in Duncan, Oklahoma
Justin Bieber – Singer – born in London, Ontario