DECEMBER 21, 2021 | YULE | WINTER SOLSTICE | ANNE & SAMANTHA DAY | HUMBUG DAY | CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY | NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY | NATIONAL FRENCH FRIED SHRIMP DAY | NATIONAL MAINE DAY | PHILEAS FOGG WIN A WAGER DAY | NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY
On the arrival of the Winter Solstice, we observe Yule. Also known as Jul, Yule predates the Christmas holiday by thousands of years. Linguists debate the origin of the word Yule. Some suggest the word is… Read more…
The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs annually between December 20th and December 23rd. The winter solstice is marked by the point at which the North Pole is at its farthest from the sun during… Read more…
ANNE AND SAMANTHA DAY
Celebrated bi-annually on the summer solstice and the winter solstice, Anne and Samantha Day honors Anne Frank and Samantha Smith. Read more…
Humbug Day on December 21st recognizes the Ebenezers, the Scrooges, grinches, and curmudgeons who suck the joy out of the holiday season. Sometimes, even the most joyous of us all get bitten by the hum-bug. Regardless, it’s essential to do our best to remember all… Read more…
CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY
Crossword Puzzle Day on December 21st commemorates the birth of a challenging word game enjoyed by millions worldwide. Printers published the first crossword puzzles in England in… Read more…
NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY
National Flashlight Day, on the same day as Winter Solstice, reminds us to turn on some lights during the shortest day of the year. Around 1899 the invention of the dry cell and miniature incandescent… Read more…
NATIONAL FRENCH FRIED SHRIMP DAY
On December 21st, seafood lovers celebrate National French Fried Shrimp Day. Enjoyed all year long, this delicious dish delights many across the country. The word prawn is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as… Read more…
NATIONAL MAINE DAY
On December 21st, National Maine Day recognizes the 23rd state to join the union and the most eastern one, too! Populated by Wabanaki tribes when European explorers first arrived, Maine would later… Read more…
PHILEAS FOGG WIN A WAGER DAY
Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day on December 21st commemorates a date in fictional history. In the classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days by French Novelist, Jules Verne, December 21st is the date illustrious main character Phileas Fogg must complete his challenge… Read more…
NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY
National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day on the first day of winter remembers those in the homeless community who have died the previous year. The day reminds us to honor them and remember the life they lived. Homelessness is a year-round concern for many. Winter increases… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Crispy Fried Chicken
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 50 minutes
Crispy Fried Chicken makes for perfect picnicking. It’s all delicious any time of the year! Serve macaroni and cheese, watermelon, or your favorite side dishes!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 cups beer or water
1-quart vegetable oil for frying
1 three pounds whole chicken, cut up
In a medium bowl, mix 3 cups flour, garlic salt, 1 tablespoon pepper, paprika, and poultry seasoning.
Using a separate bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups flour, salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, yolks, and beer or water. Thin the batter with additional beer if it is too thick.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees.
Dampen chicken with water, then coat with the dry mix. Tap off the excess and dip into the batter. Coat with dry ingredients once more.
Place chicken gently into the hot oil.
Fry 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the pieces. Remove fried chicken from the oil to drain on paper towels.
The New York World newspaper published the first crossword puzzle. Journalist Arthur Wynne of Liverpool, England created the word game they published that day.
Walt Disney released the first full length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Apollo 8 launches from Cape Kennedy off the coast of Florida with crew members Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders in the first mission to orbit the Moon.
SpaceX completes its first successful vertical ground landing with its Falcon-9 rocket.
Laurence M. Klauber – 1883
The former engineer and inventor’s interest in snakes led to a career as a herpetologist – a zoologist specializing in reptiles and amphibians. He contributed numerous specimens to the San Diego Natural History Museum, joined the board of the San Diego Zoo’s Zoological Society’s Board of Trustees, and wrote the authoritative Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind.
Josh Gibson – 1911
The power hitter of the Negro Baseball League, Gibson led the league in homers for 10 consecutive seasons. In 1972, the catcher was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Paul Winchell – 1922
As a ventriloquist and comedian, Winchell created a career by making voices. Some of his credits include Tigger in many of Disney’s animated Winnie-The-Pooh television series, Mr. Owl in the 1969 Tootsie Pop commercial, and Gargamel in the Smurfs.
Samuel L. Jackson – 1948
The incredible filmography of actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson spans three decades. From Pulp Fiction and the Avengers movies to Coach Carter and Shaft, Jackson has received both popular and critical acclaim around the world.
Chris Evert – 1954
The world champion tennis player won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.
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