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National Sardines Day!

TODAY is National Sardines Day!

Do you love sardines?  I love sardines.  Not all people love sardines, I guess you are missing out because it is delicious and nutritious.  Sardines are those little silvery fish that swim in the ocean by the herds.  Some people don’t eat them because they are so small and different, like anchovies.

Sardines are the larger of the two and can be up to 20 cm in length (7.9 in). Sardines have white flesh and are often identified by their slightly protruding lower jaw. Anchovies, on the other hand, are sold with darker, reddish-grey flesh as a result of the curing they undergo (more on that below) and are usually less than 15 cm (6 in) in length.

Sardines are referred to as pilchards, a group of small, oily fish that were once found in great abundance around the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean.  They are a member of the Clupeidae family which includes the herring.  They are very nutrient-rich fish.  They are high in vitamins B2, B3, and B12, vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, iron, and a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for health and useful for our cardiovascular system.

They are normally packed in cans but nowadays you can also find them in jars.  They are normally washed, the head is removed, and cooked by steaming or deep-fried.  They packed them in olive oil, soybean or sunflower oil, or sometimes in water or tomato sauce, mustard, or chili sauce.

So, today celebrate this day by eating sardines.  The best way to eat them is with bread or rice. Share on social media how you serve and eat sardines using #NationalSardinesDay.

History Throwback!

1963 Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald

At 12:20 p.m., in the basement of the Dallas police station, Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.

On November 22, President Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in an open car motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas. Less than an hour after the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him on the street. Thirty minutes after that, he was arrested in a movie theater by police. Oswald was formally arraigned on November 23 for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit.

On November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver. Ruby, who was immediately detained, claimed that rage at Kennedy’s murder was the motive for his action. Some called him a hero, but he was nonetheless charged with first-degree murder.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jack-ruby-kills-lee-harvey-oswald)

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