August 20, 2020 – National Radio Day | National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

The Radio Was Not Created By Just One Genius. Can You Name a Few of the Great Minds Behind This Invention?

Welcome to  August 20th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate an all American mashup and the invention that took a global village.  

Few things are as sweet as the Southern favorite pecan pie, but when someone decided to add chocolate, this candy-like dessert went over the top.  Pecan trees are native to the American South, and this classic pie sprung up in the region around the late 1800’s.  Though sugar pies with a mixture of eggs, sugar and flavorings existed throughout Europe before then, the addition of crisp pecans is an all American claim to fame.  The only other variation that puts this dessert on the map is a shot of bourbon whiskey.  But for sheer decadent appeal a handful of chopped chocolate will likely make this Southern belle a true crowd pleaser.  On National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day, celebrate the American way of taking things over the top!

While some inventions are created by just one genius, radio was born from a true meeting of the minds, though they never actually sat down together.  In Germany, the research of Heinrich Hertz proved that electricity could be transmitted wirelessly. From Croatia, Nikola Tesla provided radio with the Tesla coil. And the first commercially available wireless is thanks to the Italian born Marconi. It was a Marconi wireless that broadcast the distress signal from the Titanic and it was the military that first used this useful technology.  But as wireless came alive, broadcast stations began airing programs in the 1920s featuring news and world events.  It didn’t take long  for entertainment to follow and the world became synchronized through the power of sound. On National Radio Day we celebrate this melting pot invention and the connection it still provides to this day.

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