APRIL 29, 2022 | NATIONAL HISTORIC MARKER DAY | NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY | NATIONAL ARBOR DAY | NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY | NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY | NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY
NATIONAL HISTORIC MARKER DAY
Historic markers all across the nation provide a glimpse into the past and preserve history for future generations. On the last Friday in April each year, National Historic Marker Day invites volunteers and communities to come together to maintain their markers. Unfortunately, weather and time take their toll on these small monuments to history. By working together, we not only ensure these markers tell the stories to future generations, but we also take the opportunity to celebrate the history and culture they preserve. Read more…
NATIONAL ZIPPER DAY
National Zipper Day commemorates April 29, 1913, when the patent for the modern zipper was issued. The day celebrates something we often do not think about and may automatically take for granted. Read more…
NATIONAL ARBOR DAY
Trees afford us many pleasures. In the spring, their buds let us know warmer weather is on the way. Their summer leaves provide ample shade on a hot day. Have you ever joyfully jumped into a pile of crisp colorful leaves in the fall? And in the winter, tree branches offer shelter to wildlife for our viewing pleasure. Each year in April, National Arbor Day encourages us to celebrate and plant trees. The observance takes place each year on the last Friday in April. Read more…
NATIONAL PEACE ROSE DAY
Each year on April 29th, National Peace Rose Day honors a well-known and fruitful garden rose. Read more…
NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY
Cat lovers have all been there. That onerous sound their cat makes when a hairball is on the rise. On the last Friday in April, National Hairball Awareness Day draws attention to a problem many cat lovers face. Read more…
NATIONAL POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY
During National Poetry Month in April, National Poem in Your Pocket Day shares the way poetry brings joy by simply carrying one in your pocket. When you share the poem, you’ll bring joy to others. Read more…
NATIONAL SHRIMP SCAMPI DAY
National Shrimp Scampi Day on April 29th gives us a tasty way to celebrate. On this day, we honor the delicious dish of shrimp cooked with butter, garlic, lemon juice, and white wine. Read more…
- National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
- National Bubble Tea Day
- National Bugs Bunny Day
- National Hairstylist Appreciation Day
- National Honesty Day
- National Military Brats Day
- National Oatmeal Cookie Day
- National PrepareAthon! Day
- National Raisin Day
- National Sarcoidosis Day
- National First Ladies Day * – Last Saturday in April
- National Kiss of Hope Day – Last Saturday in April
- National Pool Opening Day – Last Saturday in April
- National Rebuilding Day – Last Saturday in April
- National Sense of Smell Day – Last Saturday in April
Recipe of the Day
Spiced Raisin Bars
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 35 minutes
Servings: 80 servings
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon rum extract
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 – 1/2 cups golden raisins
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons rum
2 teaspoons water
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Prepare a 15x10x1 jelly roll pan by greasing bottom the bottom and sides.
Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Sift all ingredients together twice.
Cream together shortening and sugar.
Add molasses, egg, rum extract, water, and vinegar.
Pour batter into baking pan evenly.
Bake 17-20 minutes until bars turn light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Turn the pan onto a cooling rack to cool for an additional 10 minutes.
Place on a cutting board.
Combine confectioners’ sugar, rum, and water in a small bowl.
Brush glaze over the bars and allow to harden.
Cut bars into desired serving sizes.
April 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Peter Roget publishes Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases. The work was the result of decades of collecting lists of words and categorizing them, much like a scientist would collect specimens. The thesaurus was more than a book of synonyms – it was a complete categorization and organization of each word by meaning.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences elects the first woman, Dr. Florence Rena Sabin to the academy. Dr. Sabin of Baltimore, Maryland was a pioneer in histology and also held the first full professorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Roger Clemens strikes out twenty batters in a 9-inning game. He’s the first Major League pitcher to accomplish this milestone. The right-hander achieved the record in a 3-1 win for the Red Sox over the Seattle Mariners. Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals held the previous record of 19 strikeouts set in 1969.
April 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
William Randolph Hearst – 1863
Known for heading up the rivalry between two New York papers that created yellow journalism, William Randolph Hearst’s drive for sensational headlines carried beyond the ink. He also owned newsreel and movie production companies. Much to Hearst’s displeasure, in 1941, Orson Welles released Citizen Kane, a fictionalized biography of Hearst’s life.
Duke Ellington – 1899
The award-winning composer is known as one of the best jazz pianists of the 20th century. His career spanned more than six decades while leading jazz orchestras, playing in big bands, and earning 13 Grammy Awards.
Willie Nelson – 1933
Willie Nelson’s music spans more than five decades. From “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” to well-received acting performances, Nelson had a reputation as an outlaw country musician while raising money for Farm Aid and other charitable causes.
Andre Agassi – 1970
Andre Agassi put the tennis world in the headlines during the 1990s. Winning Wimbledon and several Grand Slams, Agassi would take gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.
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