WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY
By Presidential Proclamation, December 17th is Wright Brothers Day. Each year, a proclamation invites the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Read more…
NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY
Get the flapjacks ready for National Maple Syrup Day. December 17th calls for orders of pancakes, french toast, or biscuits topped off with butter and delicious maple syrup. Read more…
NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY
National Wreaths Across America Day is the culmination of a yearlong mission to Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve and Teach the next generation the value of freedom. This mission is in part carried out each December with the placement of sponsored veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of those who have served our country. The observance is designated annually on a Saturday in December by Congress. Read more…
On Deck for December 18, 2022
Recipe of the Day
Yankee Pot Roast
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 40 minutes
Total: 3 hours
1 4-lb pot roast
1 table vegetable oil
2 large yellow onions, diced
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups sliced celery
2 14.5-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
1 3/4 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 medium russet potatoes, cubed
In a large Dutch oven, brown the pot roast in vegetable oil on all sides over medium-high heat. Remove roast and add onion, carrots, celery, stewed tomatoes, broth, thyme, rosemary, and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Return roast to the pot, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Add potatoes and cook for an additional 40 minutes.
December 17th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
Arthur Baldwin Turnure published the first edition of the society and fashion journal titled Vogue. It recorded the “ceremonial side of life” in the world of debutants and the upper class.
Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully complete the first powered and controlled flight.
The NFL host their first Championship Game. The New York Giants battled against the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field in Chicago before a crowd of 30,000 fans. In a thrilling comeback, the Bears defeated the Giants, 23-21.
The Air Force terminates Project Blue Book. Started in 1947, the project investigated reports of Unidentified Flying Objects.
The animated television show The Simpsons debuts on Fox. Created by Matt Groening, the show featured the Simpson family, including husband and wife Homer and Marge, their children Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Homer’s father, Grandpa Simpson.
On the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ powered flight, pilot Brian Binnie achieved supersonic flight in SpaceShipOne. Designed by Burt Rutan, it was the first time the privately built spacecraft had reached such speeds.
December 17th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Deborah Sampson – 1760
During the Revolutionary War, Sampson disguised herself as a man using the name Robert Shurtliff and enlisted in the Continental Army. She is one of a handful of women who also received a military pension at that time.
Mary Cartwright – 1900
The British mathematician was a leading contributor to chaos theory. In 1947, Cartwright was elected to the Royal Society. She was also the first woman to serve on its council. In 1964, she also became the first woman to receive the society’s Sylvester Medal.
Mary Kenneth Keller – 1913
After taking her vows from the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1940, Sister Mary Kenneth attended DePaul University in Chicago. She studied mathematics and further pursued an education in computer science. On June 7, 1965, she became the first woman in the United States to receive a Ph.D. in computer science.
Burt Baskin – 1917
One half of the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream business duo, Burt Baskin joined his brother-in-law Irv Robbins in 1948.
Eddie Kendricks – 1939
In 1960, Kendricks founded the American vocal group The Temptations. Their original line-up included Kendricks, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, David Ruffin, and Paul Williams. Kendricks’ falsetto voice complemented several hits by The Temptations, including “My Girl,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” and “Hey Girl.”
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