NATIONAL TELEPHONE DAY
On April 25th, we observe National Telephone Day. Around the world, there are 9.82 billion mobile phones. And while some predicted the landline to be obsolete by 2020, there are still about 931 million landlines around the world.
NATIONAL DNA DAY
On April 25th, people across the nation recognize National DNA Day. On this day in 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick formally announced their discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in a short letter published in the science journal, Nature. Read more…
NATIONAL EAST MEETS WEST DAY
National East Meets West Day on April 25th commemorates the day the Eastern Front of the Allied forces met the Western front on the River Elbe. Also known as Elbe Day, this day marked an important step toward ending World War II. Read more…
NATIONAL HUG A PLUMBER DAY
National Hug A Plumber Day on April 25th recognizes those who come to our rescue when pipes leak or drains are clogged. Read more…
NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY
Each year on April 25th each year, National Zucchini Bread Day encourages bakers to make this delicious bread. Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Braised Chicken and Celery
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep: 50 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon coconut oil
8 celery stalks
4 medium new potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup white wine
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Coat chicken in flour. Shake off excess.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to high heat.
Add the chicken pieces to the pan and cook for approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
Place chicken in a bowl and cover.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the celery.
Separate the pale, tender leaves and set aside for a garnish.
Cut celery stalks into 3-inch pieces.
After removing the chicken, reduce heat to medium and add celery and potatoes.
Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
Pour in the wine and stir, deglazing the bottom of the pan.
When most of the liquid has evaporated, add the broth and mustard and stir well.
Add the chicken to the pan and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender – about 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan to a serving dish, leaving the sauce and drippings.
Over medium heat, cook the sauce for an additional 5 to 6 minutes until thickened.
Stir in yogurt and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour over chicken. Garnish with celery leaves and serve hot.
U.S. military from the East and Soviet military from the West met on the banks of the Elbe River marking an important turning point of World War II.
The U.S. Patent Office issued patent no. 2,981,877 to Robert N Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor.
In 1957, Noyce and 7 other engineers founded Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. There he developed one of the first integrated circuits. In 1968, he co-founded Intel Corporation and the company released the first microprocessor in 1971.
Samantha Smith, a student from Manchester, Maine, receives a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov. Learn more about Samantha Smith and Andropov’s response here.1990
NASA astronauts deploy the Hubble Telescope from the space shuttle Discovery.
April 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
John Frank Stevens – 1853
The American civil engineer contributed to improved transportation by building the Great Northern Railway and in his role as chief engineer on the Panama Canal.
Guglielmo Marconi – 1892
While many inventors contributed to the success of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi was the first to bring a commercially viable product to market. In 1901, the inventor made history when he broadcast the first radio signal across the Atlantic.
Edward R. Murrow -1908
Noted radio and television news broadcast pioneer, Edward R. Murrow brought the world into people’s living rooms by allowing them to hear the action as it happened. Murrow was respected for his integrity in journalism. The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded journalists in the field with the Edward R. Murrow Award since 1971.
Ella Fitzgerald – 1917
The ever-elegant “First Lady of Song” and “Queen of Jazz” earned 13 Grammys during her 60-year career.
Al Pacino – 1940
The award-winning actor of stage and screen earned critical acclaim in his Tony-winning performance of Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie. Three years later Pacino was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Godfather.
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