January 8, 1935Elvis Presley born

January 17, 1920 – Prohibition begins

January 14, 2022 – Volcano Hunga-Tonga in Tonga erupts causing a tsunami and shockwaves that could be felt in New Zealand, Japan and as far as California.

February 22, 1907 – Donn Beach born as Ernest Raymond Gantt. He is long revered as the father of Tiki Culture and Polynesian pop.

May 5, 1862 – A battle in which Mexico was outnumbered and defeated the better trained French Army. In the 1980s Mexican beer companies would find a way to make this a celebration known as “Cinco de Mayo”.

May 8, 1886 – Coca-Cola makes its first appearance at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia

June 15, 1956 – Arguably the world’s best traveler and food writer Anthony Bourdain born.

August 21. 1959 – Hawaii officially becomes part of the United States

December 5, 1933 – Prohibition ends

December 10, 1902 – Victor Jules Bergeron, Jr born, known best as “Trader Vic”, one of the founding fathers of Tiki.

December 26, 2004 – Indian Ocean Tsunami kills nearly 250,000 people across continents and affecting over a dozen countries.  It is considered the worst earthquakes and/or natural disasters in recorded history.