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National Coconut Torte Day!

Today we celebrate a delicious cake, its National Coconut Torte Day.  This day is observed annually on March 13th.

A unique and delicious treat that deserves a special day for coconut lovers out there.  Torte is a German word for cake.  It is usually a multilayered cake that is filled with whipped cream buttercreams, mousse, jams or fruits, and on this day it is garnished with coconut.

You can find different recipes out there that you can try. If you don’t know how to bake, you can always head to your local bakeshop and buy one made to order since it’s a specialty cake.  Share on social media some photos if you made them using #CoconutTorteDay.

1942 U.S. Army launches K-9 Corps

On this day in 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.”

Well over a million dogs served on both sides during World War I, carrying messages along with the complex network of trenches and providing some measure of psychological comfort to the soldiers. The most famous dog to emerge from the war was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918 and taken to the United States, where he made his film debut in the 1922 silent film The Man from Hell’s River. As the first bona fide animal movie star, Rin Tin Tin made the little-known German Shepherd breed famous across the country.

In the United States, the practice of training dogs for military purposes was largely abandoned after World War I. When the country entered World War II in December 1941, the American Kennel Association and a group called Dogs for Defense began a movement to mobilize dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals to the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. Training began in March 1942, and that fall the QMC was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as well.

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