NATIONAL HARD CANDY DAY
A favorite of young and old alike, National Hard Candy Day on December 19th, recognizes the sweet tooth in all of us. Read more…
NATIONAL OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY
Enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack on National Oatmeal Muffin Day. It’s an excellent way to celebrate on December 19th annually. Read more…
On Deck for December 20, 2022
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SOLIDARITY DAY
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 2+ hours
Total Prep: 10 minutes + chill time
1 750 mL bottle of sparkling Moscato
1 can pineapple rings (or 1 fresh, ripe pineapple)
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup orange juice
24 ounces grapefruit soda (Fresca)
1 Pink grapefruit
Slice half the pineapple into 1/4 inch pieces. Reserve the remaining rings for garnish.
Slice 2 limes and grapefruit in round slices.
Add the pineapple pieces and lime slices to a large pitcher. Pour juices and Moscato into the pitcher.
Chill for 2-3 hours.
Place grapefruit slices in each glass. Fill with ice. Pour sangria into glasses and garnish with pineapple slices.
December 19th Celebrated History
Chapman & Hall of London publishes the novella A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The holiday classic continues to be a perennial favorite.
Robert Ripley begins writing his “Believe It or Not” column for the New York Globe.
During his monologue on the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson jokes about shortages. “You know what else is disappearing from the supermarket shelves? Toilet paper! Ha, ha, ha! You can laugh now. There is an acute shortage of toilet paper in the good ol’ United States.” In the days preceding Carson’s monologue, Representative Harold Froehlich (R) of Wisconsin predicted a toilet paper shortage due to paper pulp shortages and pulp exports. But he also predicted shortages of all kinds of paper products. Shortages did materialize and shoppers faced empty shelves from coast to coast. Suppliers and purchasing agents were unable to fill orders.
Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, and Joe Pesci, is released nationally in the United States. Directed by Martin Scorsese the film follows the life of professional boxer Jake LaMotta who held the world middleweight boxing title from 1949-1951. The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Film Editing.
Twenty-three-year-old Wayne Gretzky, playing for the Edmonton Oilers, becomes the youngest and the 18th National Hockey League player to score 1000 points.
December 19th Celebrated Birthdays
Mary Livermore – 1820
Livermore took up her pen to further social reforms such as women’s suffrage and temperance following the Civil War. She also volunteered her time and led several organizations.
Carter G. Woodson -1850
The American historian and journalist was the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. As an author, he wrote several historical works including The Mis-Education of the Negro and A Century of Negro Migration. He also founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Rudolf Hell – 1901
The prolific German inventor revolutionized print technology. From scanning and printing to transmission, Hell’s inventions involved all areas of the print world.
William C. DeVries – 1943
In 1982, the American heart surgeon implanted the Jarvik-7, the first permanent artificial heart, into 61-year-old Barney Clark. Clark was terminally ill and survived for 112 days following the surgery.
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