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National Date Nut Bread Day!

Today we celebrate Date Nut Bread Day, a rich and delectable, moist bread with nuts and dates.  This day is celebrated each year on September 8th.

Date and walnut loaf is a traditional cake eaten in Britain, usually made using dates and walnuts and is often made with treacle or tea to give that dark brown color.

Traditionally from Scotland, date and walnut loaf is still enjoyed in many tea rooms around the country. It is also enjoyed in cafes, bakeries and tea rooms in Australia New Zealand and across the Commonwealth. Date bread was first recorded as a recipe in 1939, and now today is used to make holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving a little more festive.

The moist date nut bread makes a wonderful bread for breakfast or served for brunch.  It is usually made of walnuts but you can always use pecans.  It is good served warm especially when you spread cream cheese between two thin slices.  The bread freezes well for future use.

So, today, grab some date nut bread on your local bakeshop or if you know how to make them, grab the ingredients instead and make your own to share with your family for dessert after dinner.  Share some photos on social media if you made them using #DateNutBreadDay.

1504 Michelangelo’s statue of David is unveiled to the public

One of the world’s most beloved works art, “David,” the 17-foot-tall, 12,000-pound marble masterpiece by Michelangelo Buonarroti, is unveiled to the public in Florence, Italy’s Piazza Della Signoria.

Carved from a single block of white Italian Carrara marble that had been rejected by other artists for being flawed, the massive statue depicts a nude David, the Biblical hero who used a slingshot to slay the giant Goliath.

The work was commissioned by the Opera del Duomo for the Cathedral of Florence in 1501 and took roughly three years to complete. The sculpture was to be part of a series of other statues to be located along the roofline of the cathedral. Michelangelo was only 26 at the time of the commission.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/michelangelo-statue-of-david-unveiled-to-public)