Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pig in a Blanket Day
When : Always April 24th
Pig in a Blanket Day is a day to eat a sausage wrapped in a pancake. Why? Because that's what "Pig in a Blanket" is.
Somebody, somewhere decided that this was a very special treat to them. So, they created a special day to celebrate this culinary delight. Aren't you glad that they did?
How does one go about celebrating Pig in a Blanket Day? Cook up some sausage. Make some pancakes. Wrap the sausage inside of the pancake. Add maple syrup. Then, chow down.
In some areas the sausage is wrapped in a biscuit.
Whatever "blanket" you choose, have a Happy Pig in a Blanket Day!
Origin of "Pig in a Blanket Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. Restaurants sometimes hold a "Pig in a Blanket" special. The roots of this day may have come from a restaurant breakfast promotion.
This Day in History April 24th
Traditional date of the fall of Troy. (1184 BC)
The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, the News-Letter, is published in Boston, Massachusetts. (1704)
The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress". (1800)
American sharpshooter Annie Oakley was hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West. (1885)
Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened. (1907)
The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City is opened. (1903)
The arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marks the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. (1915)
Easter Rising: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett starts a rebellion in Ireland. (1916)
First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs. (1918)
The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation. (1922)
The Treaty of Berlin is signed. Germany and the Soviet Union each pledge neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years. (1926)
Nazi Germany begins its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg. (1933)
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. (1953)
Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission. (1967)
Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily." (1967)
Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis. (1980)
In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is passed into law. (1996)
The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction. (2004)
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI. (2005)
A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others. (2013)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
National Zucchini Bread Day
When : Always April 23rd
National Zucchini Bread Day is a day to enjoy Zucchini bread. In researching this day, we first asked ourselves "why hold this day in the spring, when this prolific garden squash in not in great supply?" The answer quickly dawned on us....they hold this at a time when you are not sick of all that zucchini.
In the summer months, the prolific zucchini plant produces more fruit than gardeners can use. As summer progresses, everyone becomes sick and tired of the eating zucchini. But, the harvest goes on, day after day, after day. By mid summer, gardeners are resorting to all sorts of tricks to get rid of the mountains of fruit produced in their gardens. Some even stealthily leave zucchini on neighbors' door step in the middle of the night.
So her you are in the month of April. Zucchini finds its way in small supply to grocery stores in your area. Now, you've got the urge for zucchini bread. Hence, the creation of this day in April!
Origin of "National Zucchini Bread Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
This Day in History April 23rd
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts. (1635)
King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland is crowned in Westminster Abbey. (1661)
American President Theodore Roosevelt makes his "The Man in the Arena" speech. (1910)
First baseball game at Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park in Chicago. (1914)
Cardiff City defeat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, the only time it has been won by a team not based in England. (1927)
Turkey becomes the first country to celebrate Children's Day as a national holiday. (1929)
The 153-year-old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, Netherlands burns down. It is rebuilt and reopens exactly 70 years later. (1932)
World War II: Baedeker Blitz – German bombers hit Exeter, Bath and York in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck. (1942)
World War II Adolf Hitler's designated successor Hermann Göring sends him a telegram asking permission to take leadership of the Third Reich, which causes Hitler to replace him with Joseph Goebbels and Karl Dönitz. (1945)
American journalist William N. Oatis is arrested for espionage by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia. (1951)
The Canadian Labour Congress is formed by the merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada and the Canadian Congress of Labour. (1955)
Soviet space program: Soyuz 1 (Russian: Союз 1, Union 1) a manned spaceflight carrying cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Komarov is launched into orbit. (1967)
Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university. (1968)
Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months. (1985)
Omaria massacre in Algeria: Forty-two villagers are killed. (1997)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
National Jelly Bean Day
When : Always April 22nd
National Jelly Bean Day is a time to enjoy gobs and gobs of jelly beans. Anyone who loves jelly beans, knows they are not just for Easter. Sure, they are very popular at Easter. But, they are also enjoyed year round. The flavors are limited only by the imagination of candy makers. If you've never enjoyed the multitude of flavors in a box of gourmet jelly beans, the we suggest you head right out to the store and buy some.
Jelly beans date back to at least the 1860's. Advertisements promoted sending jelly beans to Union troops fighting in the Civil War. The original candy maker is unknown.
Do you know how to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day? We thought so!
Origin of "National Jelly Bean Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. If a president had done so, it would have been President Ronald Reagan. He was well known for his love of jelly beans.
Today is also Earth Day
This Day in History April 22nd
Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral lands in Brazil. (1500)
Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés establishes a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico. (1519)
Treaty of Saragossa divides the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal along a line 297.5 leagues or 17° east of the Moluccas. (1529)
Texas Revolution: A day after the Battle of San Jacinto, forces under Texas General Sam Houston capture Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna. (1836)
The U.S. Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1864 that mandates that the inscription In God We Trust be placed on all coins minted as United States currency. (1864)
The first ever National League baseball game is played in Philadelphia. (1876)
At high noon, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Run of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of at least 10,000. (1889)
The 1906 Summer Olympics, not now recognized as part of the official Olympic Games, open in Athens. (1906)
Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg. (1912)
The use of poison gas in World War I escalates when chlorine gas is released as a chemical weapon in the Second Battle of Ypres. (1915)
The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States sign the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding. (1930)
The 1st Air Commando Group using Sikorsky R-4 helicopters stage the first use of helicopters in combat with CSAR operations in the China-Burma-India theater. (1944)
World War II: Operation Persecution is initiated – Allied forces land in the Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) area of New Guinea. (1944)
World War II: Prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp revolt. 520 are killed and 80 escape. (1945)
World War II: Führerbunker: After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his underground bunker and states that suicide is his only recourse. (1945)
Korean War: The Chinese People's Volunteer Army begin assaulting positions defended by the Royal Australian Regiment and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at the Battle of Kapyong. (1951)
Red Scare: Witnesses begin testifying and live television coverage of the Army-McCarthy Hearings begins. (1954)
The first Earth Day is celebrated. (1970)
Vietnam War: Increased American bombing in Vietnam prompts anti-war protests in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco. (1972)
Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic. (1977)
The German magazine Der Stern claims that the "Hitler Diaries" had been found in wreckage in East Germany; the diaries are subsequently revealed to be forgeries. (1983)
In an explosion in Guadalajara, Mexico, 206 people are killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless. (1992)
Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser is released. (1993)
In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida. (2000)
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record. (2005)
The United States Air Force retires the remaining F-117 Nighthawk aircraft in service. (2008)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Date When Celebrated: Third Monday in April
Some people know little or nothing about Patriot's Day. To New Englander's, it is a big, big day. In the states in New England, it's a holiday with a day off of work. Banks, schools, post offices, and businesses have the day off.
Patriot's Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War. It also honors the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere", that evening when Paul Revere rode through town warning the colonists that "The Red Coats are coming!"
There are many more local Patriot Day celebrations, held on various different dates. But, among the many Patriot's Days, the New England celebration is the "biggie".
This Day in History April 21
Romulus founds Rome (traditional date). (735 BC)
Battle of Mutina: Mark Antony is again defeated in battle by Aulus Hirtius, who is killed. Antony fails to capture Mutina and Decimus Brutus is murdered shortly after. (43 BC)
The three-day Lisbon Massacre comes to an end with the slaughter of over 1,900 suspected Jews by Portuguese Catholics. (1506)
The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, is founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke. (1782)
Texas Revolution: The Battle of San Jacinto: Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna. (1836)
Norway formally adopts the Krag-Jřrgensen bolt-action rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years. (1894)
Spanish–American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports. When the U.S. Congress issued a declaration of war on April 25, it declared that a state of war had existed from this date. (1898)
Ypiranga incident: A German arms shipment to Mexico is intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz, Veracruz. (1914)
World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France. (1918)
The "Surgeon's Photograph", the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax). (1934)
World War II: Soviet forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters. (1945)
Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) is first celebrated. (1952)
Brasília, Brazil's capital, is officially inaugurated. At 09:30, the Three Powers of the Republic are simultaneously transferred from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro. (1960)
The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II. (1962)
A Transit-5bn satellite fails to reach orbit after launch; as it re-enters the atmosphere, 2.1 pounds (0.95 kg) of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power source is widely dispersed. (1964)
The 1964–1965 New York World's Fair opens for its second and final season. (1965)
Vietnam War: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu flees Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls. (1975)
Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves. (1982)
The Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentences former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution. (1993)
Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160. (2004)
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter Date April 20, 2014
The real meaning of Easter, is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To Christians, it is the most special day of the year. Yes, the birth of Christ is quite important. But, his resurrection offers the hope of everlasting life to everyone! The Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday is a time of fasting, sacrifice and prayer. It is the christian way of replicating in a small way what Christ sacrificed for us, both in his fasting and his final death on the cross.
Easter also also is celebrated with the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, jelly beans, and lot's of chocolate. He (or she, as we are never quite sure about this) comes on Saturday night leading to Easter Sunday morning. He brings lots of chocolates and other candies. That's one meaning to Easter, especially if you are a kid or a "Chocolaholic".
There is a famous Easter game called the Easter Egg Hunt. Early morning kids go outside to find the many colored Easter eggs that the Easter bunny has hidden the night before. The Easter Egg Hunt was the first game ever invented. It is said that the reason this tradition started was because of the Easter Bunny dropped the eggs on the way to deliver them and they hide themselves. That is how the Easter Egg Hunt was supposedly invented.
Most of us will celebrate both parts of this spring holiday. Upon awakening Easter Sunday morning, the children will hunt for the Easter basket left by the Easter Bunny. Then the family will dress in their finest new spring clothes, and go off to church to celebrate Christ's resurrection. From there, the holiday tradition varies. Some have a big breakfast of brunch feast. Other family will have a big main meal with baked ham being the most common meat. Brightly colored hard boiled eggs will also be popular. It is not a day for high cholesterol diets. It is a day to feast as the long lenten season is over and Christ has arisen.
Setting the date: The date for Easter changes every year. It is the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.
Easter Thought to Ponder: The nice thing about being senile is, you can hide your own Easter eggs.
Bonnets and Bunnies The Origin of Easter and it's traditions
How Easter Works
This Day in History April 20
Jacques Cartier begins the voyage during which he discovers Canada and Labrador. (1534)
Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City). (1657)
American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord. (1775)
President George Washington arrives in Philadelphia after his inauguration to elaborate welcome at Gray's Ferry just after noon first inauguration of George Washington (1789)
René Caillié becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou. (1828)
U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory. (1836)
American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia. (1861)
Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the experiment falsifying the theory of spontaneous generation. (1862)
The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law. (1871)
Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride. (1902)
Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston. (1912)
The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7–6 in 11 innings. (1916)
Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day. (1918)
Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film. (1926)
Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday is celebrated as a national holiday in Nazi Germany. (1939)
Billie Holiday records the first civil rights song "Strange Fruit". (1939)
World War II: US troops capture Leipzig, Germany, only to later cede the city to the Soviet Union. (1945)
World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth. (1945)
Twenty Jewish children used in medical experiments at Neuengamme are killed in the basement of the Bullenhuser Damm school. (1945)
The League of Nations officially dissolves, giving most of its power to the United Nations. (1946)
Dan Gavriliu performs the first surgical replacement of a human organ. (1951)
Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba. (1961)
Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon. (1972)
The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas. (1985)
Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. (1999)
Johnson Space Center shooting: William Phillips with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself. (2007)
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race. (2008)
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months. (2010)
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Lushan County, Ya'an, in China's Sichuan province, killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands. (2013)
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