NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY
National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day is observed annually on the first day of Winter.
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NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY
National Flashlight Day is on the same day as Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
It was around 1899 that the invention of the dry cell and miniature incandescent electric light bulbs made the first battery-powered flashlights possible.
Today the flashlights that we use, are mostly incandescent lamps or light-emitting diodes and run on disposable or rechargeable batteries. Some are powered by the user turning a drank or shaking the lamp and some have solar panels to recharge a battery.
In addition to the well known, general-purpose hand-held flashlight, other forms have been adapted for special uses. Head or helmet-mounted flashlights designed for miners and campers leave the hands free. There are special flashlights that can be used underwater or in flammable atmospheres.
January 10, 1899 – British Inventor David Misell obtained U.S. Patent No. 617,592, assigned to American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company. This electric device designed by Misell was powered by “D” batteries laid front to back in a paper tube with the light bulb and a rough brass reflector at the end. The company donated some of these devices to the New York City police, who responded well to them.
NATIONAL FRENCH FRIED SHRIMP DAY
National French Fried Shrimp Day is observed annually on December 21
Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood.
The word “prawn” is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp”. Some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp.
Preparing the shrimp for consumption usually involves the removal of the head, shell, tail and “sand vein”. There are many ways to cook shrimp. Common methods of preparation include baking, boiling, broiling, sauteing frying and grilling.
Cooking time is delicate for shrimp and they are at their best when not over cooked.
A healthy food, shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3s, calcium, iodine, and protein. Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system. *The preparation of the shrimp does impact the caloric count.
Happy National French Fried Shrimp Day
Enjoy one of the following “tried and true” recipes:
National French Fried Shrimp Day History
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National French Fried Shrimp Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY
Crossword Puzzle Day is celebrated annually on December 21.
According to Wikipedia, a crossword is a word puzzle that normally takes the form of a square or a rectangular grid of white and black shaded squares. The goal is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, by solving clues which lead to the answers. In languages that are written left-to-right, the answer words and phrases are placed in the grid from left to right and from top to bottom. The shaded squares are used to separate the words or phrases.
The Winter Solstice is observed annually on a day between December 20 and December 23.
According to Wikipedia, Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.
The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the planet’s daily rotation keep the axis of rotation pointed at the same point in the sky. As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the same hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. Because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along the planetary pole, as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer.
More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere’s winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest. The winter solstice itself lasts only a moment in time, so other terms are used for the day on which it occurs, such as “midwinter”, or the “shortest day”. It is often considered the “first day of winter” or the “start of winter” (Lidong in the East Asian calendars), although in meteorology winter spans the entire period of December through February. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates differ from winter solstice, however, and these depend on latitude, due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth’s elliptical orbit (see earliest and latest sunrise and sunset).
Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but many cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.