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National Carrot Cake Day!

Today, we celebrate a delicious cake that contains vegetables, Carrot Cake. This day is observed annually on February 3rd.

A cake mixed with carrots in the batter, and claim to be a healthy option since it has a vegetable in it. Carrot Cake has been around since the Middle Ages. During those times, sugar and other forms of sweetener were rare and very expensive, so people used vegetables to flavor their puddings.

Carrots have been used in sweet cakes since the medieval period, during which time sweeteners were scarce and expensive, while carrots, which contain more sugar than any other vegetable besides the sugar beet, were much easier to come by and were used to make sweet desserts. The popularity of carrot cake was likely revived in Britain because of rationing during the Second World War.

Carrot cake is much healthier than many other baked goods, as long as you don’t include extra sugar in the ingredient. A traditional recipe calls for carrots, raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar (instead of refined white sugar). In the Vegan world, Carrot Cake is good as long as they replace the egg with other form binder and uses Dates, to add more sweetness to the cake without putting any sugar at all.

So, today, celebrate this day by baking some Carrot cake to share with friends and family.  Share on social media your recipe using #CarrotCakeDay.

1944 U.S. troops capture the Marshall Islands

American forces invade and take control of the Marshall Islands, long occupied by the Japanese and used by them as a base for military operations.

The Marshalls, east of the Caroline Islands in the western Pacific Ocean, had been in Japanese hands since World War I. Occupied by the Japanese in 1914, they were made part of the “Japanese Mandated Islands” as determined by the League of Nations. The Treaty of Versailles, which concluded the First World War, stipulated certain islands formerly controlled by Germany–including the Marshalls, the Carolines, and the Marianas (except Guam)–had to be ceded to the Japanese, though “overseen” by the League. But the Japanese withdrew from the League in 1933 and began transforming the Mandated Islands into military bases. Non-Japanese, including Christian missionaries, were kept from the islands as naval and air bases—meant to threaten shipping lanes between Australia and Hawaii—were constructed.

During the Second World War, these islands, as well as others in the vicinity, became targets of Allied attacks. The U.S. Central Pacific Campaign began with the Gilbert Islands, south of the Mandated Islands; U.S. forces conquered the Gilberts in November 1943. Next on the agenda was Operation Flintlock, a plan to capture the Marshall Islands.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-troops-capture-the-marshall-islands)