NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR: National Chewing Gum Day

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Welcome to September 30th on the National Day Calendar.

While chewing gum may seem like a modern invention, its actually been around for 9,000 years. The ancient Aztecs chewed something called Chicle although they had to follow certain rules. Children and unmarried women could chew it in public, but everyone else had to chew it at home.

Chicle became the main ingredient in chewing gum in the mid 1800s, but it wasn’t until the early 1900s that gum became popular. That’s when William Wrigley Jr. launched an all-out campaign, mailing free samples of his gum to every person in the phonebook; a move that apparently paid off big.

On National Chewing Gum Day, celebrate the freedom to chew wherever you please, though keeping it quiet is still appreciated.

Today we also celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, National Hot Mulled Cider day, National Mud Pack Day, National Love People Day.

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