National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

November 19, 2021 - National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day | National Play Monopoly Day

November 19, 2021

Welcome to November 19, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate catching a bubbly buzz and some friendly competition.

Here in North America more than 90 percent of us enjoy caffeine every single day. But not all of us enjoy tea or coffee. The rest of us can thank a German Chemist who first isolated caffeine from coffee beans in 1819. Man-made carbonation was first discovered by Joseph Priestly in an English brewery and folks began using it for medicinal tonics that later became known as sodas. Today this method of infusing water with carbon dioxide is more popular than ever thanks to the addition of caffeine. On National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day, we celebrate the satisfying combination that most of us could not do without.  

Have you ever wondered why the playing pieces for Monopoly are so random? You can thank a bunch of kids for that. The classic board game Monopoly was invented in the 1930s by Charles Darrow and based on the properties and street names of Atlantic City, New Jersey. When it came to the playing pieces, he asked his nieces for help. And they picked through metal charms from a bracelet to create the bizarre collection that includes an iron, a race car, a thimble, and a top hat. Little did they know how many people would fight over the race car over the years. On National Play Monopoly Day, you may enjoy an overly competitive game, just don’t forget the spirit of fun for which it was invented! 

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

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