National Pina Colada Day / National Motorcycle Day

National Pina Colada Day

July 10

The name Piña Colada translates to an ingredient in the drink. Piña means pineapple and colada means strained. So Piña Colada translates to strained pineapple (a.k.a. fresh pineapple juice), an essential ingredient in the cocktail. The piña colada was created on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its star-studded clientele. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after three intense months of blending, shaking, and experimenting, the first piña colada was born. The piña colada has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978.

National Motorcycle Day

July 10

The first steam-powered motorcycle was made during 1867, in the factory of famous bicycle inventor Pierre Michaux. Indian began production in 1901 and Harley-Davidson was established two years later. By the outbreak of the First World War, the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world was Indian, producing over 20,000 bikes per year. Suzuki, Kawasaki and the Yamaha each started producing motorcycles in the 1950s. Today the Japanese manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha dominate the large motorcycle industry, although Harley-Davidson still maintains a high degree of popularity, particularly in the United States.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Sofia Vergara – Actress & Model – born in Barranquilla, Columbia

Nikola Tesla – Inventor – born in Smiljan, Austria


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