NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARIAN DAY
On April 4th each year, National School Librarian Day recognizes the professionals who keep the school library in working order. School librarians spend long hours keeping the library organized. They are also dedicated to helping our children find the resources they need to keep learning. School librarians are the people who…Read more…
NATIONAL WALK AROUND THINGS DAY
National Walk Around Things Day on April 4th each year is a holiday open to interpretation. Very little information is available regarding this celebration, so we’ll give it our best to guide you through it. This day may be looked at both… Read more…
NATIONAL VITAMIN C DAY
National Vitamin C Day on April 4th each year shares all the ways vitamin C nurtures and benefits our health, inside and out! While Vitamin C is widely recognized for warding off colds, the vitamin is also… Read more…
JEEP 4X4 DAY
On 4/4, Jeep 4×4 Day launches us into adventure! Celebrate the excitement of discovery while venturing out in the open air. Fresh air and warmer temperatures lure us outdoors, and what better way to experience the thrill of an excursion than in…Read more…
NATIONAL HUG A NEWSPERSON DAY
National Hug a Newsperson Day (formerly National Hug a Newsman Day) on April 4th encourages appreciation for the people reporting the news. The Merriam-Webster dictionary tells us that the word “newsman” dates back to… Read more…
NATIONAL CHICKEN CORDON BLEU DAY
Each year on April 4th, National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day celebrates a blue ribbon dish that combines chicken, ham, and cheese. The French term Cordon Bleu translates to “Blue Ribbon.” This dish is a take on the popular… Read more…
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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 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President William Henry Harrison dies 31 days into office and becomes the first president to die in office. He was also the shortest service president. The 9th president’s death also ushered in the first vice president to succeed a president due to death – Harrison’s running mate John Tyler.
The people of Argonia, Kansas, elected Susanna Salter as their mayor. Her name was placed on the ballot as a prank against the opposition, but it backfired. Salter was the first woman elected as mayor in the United States and had more than just a little understanding of politics. She was also a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and set into practice her teetotaler ways. That same year, she also gave birth to a son.
The nutritionist Charles Glen King isolates vitamin C while conducting a study at the University of Pittsburgh. Though Hungarian biochemist Szent-Gyorgyi earned a Nobel Prize in 1937 for isolating the vitamin first, many believe King deserves recognition for his work.
The civil rights activist and clergyman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dies when assassin James Earl Ray murders him in Memphis, Tennessee. King has arrived to support other Southern Christian Leadership Conference leaders during a sanitation workers’ strike when Ray ended the nonviolent Civil Rights leader’s life.
April 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Dorthea Dix – 1802
Dorothea Dix advocated for improved conditions for the mentally ill and expanded public hospital care throughout her career. She also lobbied extensively for reform, taught and published several textbooks, fiction, and poetry.
Linus Yale – 1821
In 1868, the American mechanical engineer co-founded the Yale Lock Manufacturing Company in Stamford Connecticut with Henry R. Towne.
Mary Colter – 1869
During her career with the Fred Harvey Company, the American architect designed several landmark buildings for the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon. Since Colter drew much of her inspiration from the landscape, projects like the Hermits Rest and Desert View Watchtower compliment the area surrounding them.
Arthur Murray – 1895
The once shy teenager became a household name after opening a chain of dance schools. In 1925, Murray opened his first dance studio with his wife Kathryn. By 1938, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio franchise was soon teaching students of all ages.
Muddy Waters – 1915
Born McKinley Morganfield, the influential blues artist brought an electric sound to the music scene. Though slow to take off, when it did, Muddy Waters earned international recognition and numerous awards, including six Grammys during his lifetime.
Gil Hodges – 1924
Gil Hodges’ professional baseball career was interrupted by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the time he had signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. For the duration of the war, he served in the U.S. Navy. Afterward, he returned to the home of the Dodgers to take up first base and go on to be a major hitter for the team.
Maya Angelou – 1928
Poet laureate Maya Angelou is recognized for her poetry and her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She earned numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album. Among her many other talents, the best-selling author was also a screenwriter and civil rights activist.
Mildred Fay Jefferson – 1926
In 1951, Dr. Mildred Jefferson became the first African American to receive a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Despite at least 100 years of trying, women were not admitted to Harvard Medical School until 1947.
Robert Downey, Jr. – 1965
Considered part of the Brat Pack of the 1980s, the American actor returned to the film industry in the 2000s after facing addiction issues. The results have been blockbuster Marvel series and stellar performances in movies such as Soloist, Dr. Doolittle and Sherlock Holmes.
Thaddeus Stevens – 1792
Isaac Hathaway – 1874
Yamamoto Isoroku – 1884
Tris Speaker – 1888
Marguerite Duras – 1914
Heath Ledger – 1979
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