Bitcoin Pizza Day: Celebrating the historic transaction that changed crypto | World News

May 22 is a day that holds a special place in the hearts of cryptocurrency enthusiasts around the world. It’s a day of celebration, known as Bitcoin Pizza Day, marking a pivotal moment in the history of Bitcoin. On this day in 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz, a programmer and early Bitcoin miner, made a transaction that would go down in history as the first documented use of Bitcoin to purchase physical goods.

May 22: Bitcoin Pizza Day! In 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz made history by using Bitcoin to buy pizza—a milestone for cryptocurrency enthusiasts worldwide. (Twitter)

Hanyecz, a resident of Florida, took to the forum on May 18, 2010, with an unusual request. He announced his desire to buy two large pizzas using Bitcoin and offered a whopping 10,000 BTC to anyone who would fulfill his pizza order. At the time, the value of Bitcoin was less than half a cent per coin, making the offer seemingly extravagant.

Days went by, and it seemed that Hanyecz’s quest for Bitcoin-powered pizzas would go unfulfilled. However, on May 22, a fellow forum user named Jeremy Sturdivant, who went by the username “jercos,” stepped up to the challenge. Sturdivant agreed to order and deliver the pizzas to Hanyecz in exchange for 10,000 BTC. The pizzas were from Papa John’s, and while they were not enjoyed directly from the restaurant, their significance would far surpass a simple meal.

Little did Hanyecz know that the 10,000 BTC he spent on those pizzas would skyrocket in value over the following years. If he had held onto them until Bitcoin’s all-time high price of $68,990, he could have potentially amassed a mind-boggling fortune of around $690 million. Just imagine the number of pizzas he could have bought with that!

Reflecting on the historic transaction, Hanyecz shared in a 2019 interview with CBS that he believed it made Bitcoin “real for some people.” It was a tangible use case for digital currency and showcased its potential as a medium of exchange. For Hanyecz himself, it was a significant moment that solidified his belief in Bitcoin’s revolutionary power.

Since that fateful day, the global crypto community has come together annually on May 22 to commemorate Bitcoin Pizza Day. It serves as a reminder of the humble beginnings of Bitcoin and the incredible journey it has undertaken. It’s a time to celebrate the progress made in the world of cryptocurrencies and to reflect on how far we’ve come.

So, on this Bitcoin Pizza Day, let’s raise our slices and toast to Laszlo Hanyecz, the pioneer who took a leap of faith with his digital currency and forever changed the course of history. And perhaps, let’s also reflect on the value of patience and the importance of holding onto our Bitcoin… or pizzas, for that matter.