National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June each year. (Doughnut is the dictionary spelling, but donut is becoming more acceptable each year.)
National Doughnut Day started on June 7, 1938 when a young
military doctor by the name of Morgan Pett was sent to a military
base. On his way there he stopped at a bakery and picked up eight
dozen doughnuts. When he arrived at the base he started helping
many wounded soldiers, and would give them a free doughnut. One
man he helped was a Lieutenant General by the name of Samuel
Geary. Samuel Geary decided to make a fund raiser with Morgan Pett
to give every wounded soldier, and the needy a doughnut. This fund
raiser was later joined with the Salvation Army. Many donut shops
still give out free donuts on this day.
In honor of the day Krispy Kreme, with no purchase necessary, will
hand out a free donut of choice to each customer.
Dunkin Donuts (which began the new spelling) will give out one
free donut with the purchase of any beverage.
Incidentally, International Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day is widely
recognized as June 8.
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Born 1709: Etienne de Silhouette, French minister of finance and outline portrait artist
Born 1810: P.T. Barnum American showman who formed the Barnum and Bailey Circus
Salvation Army founded this day 1865 by William Booth in London
1979: President Carter delivered his "malaise" speech in which he lamented what he called a "crisis of confidence" in America.
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The Salvation Army is behind the creation of this holiday. According to its website, "the first National Donut Day was celebrated in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who helped make the donut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during WWI." In modern times, companies like Entemann’s are donating a portion of their donut profits to the Salvation Army. Canadians eat more donuts per capita than any other country.