DECEMBER 13, 2022 | NATIONAL COCOA DAY | NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY | NATIONAL DAY OF THE HORSE | NATIONAL GUARD BIRTHDAY | PICK A PATHOLOGIST DAY

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DECEMBER 13, 2022 | NATIONAL COCOA DAY | NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY | NATIONAL DAY OF THE HORSE | NATIONAL GUARD BIRTHDAY | PICK A PATHOLOGIST DAY

National Cocoa Day | December 13

NATIONAL COCOA DAY

December 13th ushers in a celebration worthy of the winter holidays with National Cocoa Day. What better way to warm up after a cold day outside? Read more…

National Violin Day | December 13

NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY

Honoring an instrument also known as the fiddle, National Violin Day on December 13th celebrates the bow-stringed instrument loved around the world. Read more…

National Day of the Horse | December 13

NATIONAL DAY OF THE HORSE

National Day of the Horse on December 13th encourages people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States. Read more…

National Guard Birthday | December 13

NATIONAL GUARD BIRTHDAY

December 13th commemorates the National Guard Birthday. On December 13th, 1636, the Massachusetts General Court established an official militia for the first time in the American Colonies. Read more…

Pick a Pathologist Pal Day | December 13

PICK A PATHOLOGIST PAL DAY

Pick a Pathologist Pal Day on December 13th encourages us to make friends with a pathologist or coroner because we never know what tomorrow holds.  Read more…

On Deck for December 14, 2022

National Days

MONKEY DAY
NATIONAL BOUILLABAISSE DAY
NATIONAL ALABAMA DAY

International Days

MARTYRED INTELLECTUALS DAY

Recipe of the Day

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients

4 lobster tails
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 celery ribs, diced
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups lobster stock
2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter

Instructions

Bring a large stockpot filled with about two inches of water to a boil. Add lobster tails and until shells are bright red – about 8-10 minutes.

Remove the tails from the water and allow them to cool slightly. Once cool, remove shells and veins. Chop lobster meat into 1-inch pieces.

Place the shells back into the boiling water. Boil for an additional 10 minutes. Strain and reserve 2 cups of the lobster stock.

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Lower the heat to medium or medium-low. Sprinkle flour into the pan and stir until thick.

Add the wine slowly and stir in the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, paprika, and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in tomato paste and lobster stock. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.

In a blender, puree the mixture. Return to the stockpot and add the cream and butter. Salt to taste. Add lobster and simmer an additional 5-10 minutes.

Serve with a slice of crusty bread.

December 13th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

1913

The Associated Automobile Clubs of New Jersey and the Newark Motor Clubs renamed the first section of Lincoln Highway between Jersey City and Newark, NJ. The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway for automobiles in the United States, and it was promoted and supported by automobile clubs across the United States. This first section was named Essex-Hudson Lincoln Highway.

1950

Thanks to an invitation by a friend, James Dean appeared in his first acting gig in a Pepsi commercial.

1989

The Warner Bros. film Driving Miss Daisy is given a limited theatrical release following its December 11th premiere. Starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd, the film was directed by Bruce Beresford. It won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress.

2001

A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, and Jennifer Connelly premieres in Beverly Hills, CA. Directed by Ron Howard, the film follows the life of mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Director.

December 13th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Mary Todd Lincoln – 1818

The 17th First Lady was a force to be reckoned with. Often in the public eye, Mrs. Lincoln was known for her quick wit, interest in politics, and frequent presence at the military hospitals. While sometimes a controversial figure, she is one of the White House’s most recognizable First Ladies.

Jane Edna Hunter – 1882

In 1911, the pioneering social worker founded the Working Girls Home Association in Cleveland, OH. The organization provided shelter, assistance, and vocational education to women and was an alternative for Black women in the area. It was later renamed the Phillis Wheatley Association of Cleveland.

Alvin C York – 1887

The one-time conscientious objector was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War I. As part of the 82nd Infantry Division, Corporal York took part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. His actions helped to eliminate German machine guns and capture more than 130 prisoners. Following the war, he was awarded several medals including the Distinguished Service Cross and Medal of Honor.

Ella Baker – 1903

The civil rights activist helped establish several organizations that supported the advancement of equal rights including the right to vote, peaceful assembly, the elimination of segregation. Some of those organizations include In Friendship, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Jamie Foxx – 1967

Born Eric Marlon Bishop, the multi-talented actor, singer, and comedian has earned both popular and critical acclaim across the industry. For his role as Ray Charles in the film Ray, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also earned a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo.

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