Every year on April 20th, cannabis producers, consumers, advocates, and those who are just curious have long celebrated 420 Day. Once an unconventional day, the day has become the rallying cry of those who seek to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational… Read more…
NATIONAL LOOK ALIKE DAY
National Look Alike Day on April 20th celebrates those who look like another person. National Look Alike Day each year on April 20th celebrates those who much like look like another person. Similar to the two sentences preceding this one, people who look like each are still unique in their… Read more…
NATIONAL BANANA DAY
On the third Wednesday in April, take a bite of the fruit that also makes an excellent prop for jokes on National Banana Day! The day focuses on the nutrition of the fruit as well as the… Read more…
NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE DAY
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day on April 20th celebrates a sweet cake that contains pineapples and cherries. Americans have been enjoying this springtime cake since the early 1900s when many cakes were made in cast iron skillets. To make a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, line the bottom of a… Read more…
NATIONAL CHEDDAR FRIES DAY
Grab your toppings on April 20th to celebrate National Cheddar Fries Day! What better way to enjoy your fries than with an indulgent dollop of cheddar cheese? Of course, several other ingredients go well with fries and cheddar cheese. Who can resist crispy, golden French fries topped with their favorite… Read more…
NATIONAL LIMA BEAN RESPECT DAY
National Lima Bean Respect Day on April 20th gives the humble lima bean its due. When cooked, fresh lima beans have a creamy texture. However, dried lima beans once cooked serve up a bad reputation due to their graininess. There are ways to achieve smooth, buttery lima beans… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total Prep: 22 minutes
2 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl until light yellow and they increase in volume. Whisk in cornstarch and 1 cup of milk. When the mixture is smooth, set aside.
In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, cocoa, salt, remaining 1 cup of milk just to a simmer over medium-high heat while whisking.
Remove from the heat.
Add small amounts of the cocoa mixture to the egg mixture while whisking constantly.
Once both mixtures have been combined, pour back into the saucepan and heat over medium-high while whisking constantly.
Bring to a full boil.
Reduce to a simmer and continue to whisk until the pudding thickens.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allowing it to come into complete contact with the pudding’s surface.
Chill for one to two hours.
April 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Graham’s Magazine published Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” a short store that is considered one of the first detective stories.
Both Boston’s Fenway Park and Detroit’s Navin Field open. The Red Sox win over the New York Highlanders 7-6 and the Tigers defeat the Cleveland Naps 6-5. Both games stretched into 11 innings.
The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (later renamed Wrigley Field). After three hours and 11 innings, the Cubs brought home a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Joe Carlucci set a world record when he tossed about 20 ounces of pizza dough 21 feet 5 inches into the air. He set the record at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Check out these other pizza world records.
April 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Mary Abigail Kawena Pukui – 1895
Author of numerous scholarly books, Kawena Pukui, translated chants, folktales, and the Hawaiian culture for anthropologists. Her expertise provided a wealth of valuable information and preserved Hawaiian history and knowledge.
Tito Puente – 1923
The bandleader is known for popularizing Latin jazz music in the United States. During his career, he won 6 Grammy Awards and recorded over 100 albums. He also earned several nicknames including “The King of Latin Music.”
George Takei – 1937
The American author and actor is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the television and movie series Star Trek.
Jessica Lange – 1949
Jessica Lange has earned multiple Academy and Emmy Awards and a Tony Award in a career spanning four decades on both stage and screen. As a result, she is one of only 13 actresses to accomplish the Triple Crown of acting.
Luther Vandross – 1951
The legendary eight-time Grammy Award-winning performer came to prominence in the 1980s with songs like “Never Too Much” and “The Night I Fell In Love.”
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