August 20, 2021 – National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day | National Radio Day

This Invention Took A Global Village To Create!

Welcome to August 20th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate amazing mashups in the kitchen and in the lab.

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 1800s.  Though sugar pies with a mixture of eggs, sugar and flavorings existed throughout Europe before then, the addition of crisp pecans is a claim to fame that’s purely American.  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 meeting of the minds.  Oddly enough, these pioneers never sat down together.  In Germany, the research of Heinrich Hertz proved that electricity could be transmitted wirelessly.  From Croatia, Nikola Tesla provided the Tesla coil.  And the first commercially available wireless was thanks to the Italian born Marconi.  His technology was first used by the military but it was a Marconi wireless that broadcast the distress signal from the Titanic.   Broadcast stations began airing programs in the 1920s that featured news from around the globe, and when entertainment followed the world became synchronized by the power of sound.  On National Radio Day we celebrate this invention that is truly a melting pot of genius.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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