July 31, 1970 marked a day of mourning for sailors of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy around the world. Authorities in the British Admiralty decided that the traditional daily tot was interfering with sailors’ ability to operate the complex mechanics of modern naval vessels. The daily tot referred to their daily ration of rum. Today, therefore, is know as the Black Tot Day and many sailors wore black arm bands to symbolize their sadness over the loss of their official alcohol.
Featured Image. “Measuring the Tot.” By Kjetil Bjørnsrud – Own work, CC BY 2.5.
Source: “Day of Mourning.” Royal Navy Memories.