National M&M Day / U.S. Navy Birthday

National M&M Day

October 13

M&Ms were invented by Forrest Mars, inspired by a lentil-shaped candy he saw soldiers eating during a visit behind the lines in the Spanish Civil War. M&Ms are named after the Mars and Murrie families. Before Hershey and Mars became rivals, William F. R. Murrie’s company Hershey supplied the chocolate Mars needed to make the candy. The famous slogan “The milk chocolate that melts in your mouth, not in your hand” and the M&Ms brand characters were trademarked in 1954. Over 400 million M&Ms are produced each day.

U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13

The birth of the American Navy is often attributed to the vote by the Continental Congress in 1775, prompted by a letter from George Washington, to arm two sailing vessels with carriage and swivel guns. This was done in the hopes of intercepting British supplies. Founded on October 13, 1775, by an order of the Continental Congress, the U.S. Navy is the largest navy in the world. In 2020, the U.S. Navy had 319,421 active duty personnel, 99,616 ready reserve personnel, 475 total ships of which 282 are deployable and more than 3,700 aircraft.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Marie Osmond – Singer and Actress – born in Ogdon, Utah

Margaret Thatcher – Prime Minister of United Kingdom – born in Lincolnshire, England


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