I am going to tell you the story of the famous bitcoin pizza day, what were the events that happened around this day, what happened that day and why it has become a special day for followers and lovers of bitcoin.
How did the bitcoin pizza day story start?
A bitcoiner named Laszlo Hanyecz wrote on May 18, 2010 on the Bitcointalk forum (an internet forum for bitcoin enthusiasts) a little wish: “buy two large pizzas with 10,000 BTC as a form of payment.”
Exactly these were his words
I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day. I like having left over pizza to nibble on later. You can make the pizza yourself and bring it to my house or order it for me from a delivery place, but what I’m aiming for is getting food delivered in exchange for bitcoins where I don’t have to order or prepare it myself, kind of like ordering a ‘breakfast platter’ at a hotel or something, they just bring you something to eat and you’re happy!
I like things like onions, peppers, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoni, etc.. just standard stuff no weird fish topping or anything like that. I also like regular cheese pizzas which may be cheaper to prepare or otherwise acquire.
If you’re interested please let me know and we can work out a deal.
HERE is the link to the forum post.
Although bitcoin was not known at that time, many people were interested in the offer offered by Laszlo, but many of those who responded initially were not in a position to make the exchange and this led to Laszlo having to wait four days to make the purchase.
* As a detail I tell you that the value of those 10,000 BTC at that time was around about $ 41, calculate the value of those pizzas at the end of 2017 when bitcoin approached $ 20,000 per coin …
The day of the sale of the bitcoin pizza
Finally, on May 22, 2010, someone accepted his offer. Laszlo, who at the time was residing in Jacksonville, Florida, received his awaited long pizza at home. The person who participated on the other side of the exchange was, user Jercos (Jeremy Sturdivant). To carry out the transaction, Jercos and Laszlo communicated through IRC chat. Shortly after receiving the pizzas, Laszlo posted an image showing the pizzas he had received.
A special an happy day Bitcoin Pizza Day
This is how the first Bitcoin transaction in history was born, the fact of buying these pizzas made Laszlo the first person to acquire a good using bitcoins and Jercos the first person to sell them.
After these events in an interview with Laszlo, he commented:
“I do not regret. I think it’s great that I became part of Bitcoin’s early history on that path.”
And a curious phrase that Jercos said was:
“Give a man a pizza, he will eat for a day; let him buy pizza with bitcoin, it will revolutionize the economy”.
After the success of this transaction, this day was marked on everyone’s mind. Since then, every May 22, The Bitcoin Pizza Day is celebrated, a special day in which bitcoiners from around the world celebrate in a big way. Bitcoin is no longer a mere unknown in the world and its value is no longer that of a few cents, companies and businesses recognize the real value of the cryptocurrency and offer services that can be paid using it.
It comforts me to see how an anonymous person doing something that at first seemed insignificant, manages to contribute his grain of sand to help initiate great transformations in the world, also becoming part of the history of this change.
I also hope to become part of history with my project the bitcoin pizza day and the Bitcoin Mosaic. In addition, thanks to it, many companies and projects will also become part of history, frozen in a time capsule, demonstrating their support for the adoption of bitcoin and blockchain technology.