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National Date Nut Bread Day on December 22nd delivers a baker’s delight to celebrate. Incidentally, some sources also suggest the day is celebrated on September 8th, too. Believed to have originated around Iraq, dates have been a staple food of the… Read more

FOREFATHERS’ DAY – December 22 (Unless on Sunday, Then Following Monday)


Each year, Forefathers’ Day commemorates the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620. The Old Colony Club of Plymouth, Massachusetts, introduced the observance in 1769. The town observes the holiday on… Read more…

On Deck for December 23, 2021

National Days

Recipe of the Day

Name: Old Fashioned Date Nut Bread
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf


1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup boiling water
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour


Mix dates, nuts, soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add shortening and boiling water. Stir until shortening melts. Let stand 20 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add sugar and flour gradually. Stir until well incorporated.

Bake in a 350°F oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Let stand, wrapped for 24 hours or longer before slicing.

December 22nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Long before Clark Griswold connected 250 strands of lights to decorate his house for Christmas, he must thank Edward H. Johnson. Thomas Edison hired Johnson in 1871 and by the time he founded the Edison Electric Light Company, Johnson was named as vice president. One of Johnson’s favorite holidays was Christmas and in 1882, he put his electrical ingenuity to work. He hand-wired a string of 80 red, white, and blue bulbs the size of walnuts to his Christmas tree. Additional lights decorated his ceiling.


The Mummy starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, and David Manners premieres. Directed by Karl Freund, the film is the first horror movie to feature a mummy.


“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” written by Ross Bagdasarian (also known as David Seville) and performed by the animated characters, The Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore reach #1 on the music charts. Released only weeks before, it would become a holiday favorite for generations.


During a New Orleans Saints versus Tennessee Titans game, Saint wide receiver Michael Thomas set an NFL record for most catches in a season. He made his 144th catch and the Saints went on to win 38-28. The previous record was held by Marvin Harrison set in 2002.

December 22nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Katharina “Käthe” Paulus – 1868

The German aeronaut achieved great heights when she invented the first collapsible parachute. During her career, she also invented a drag ‘chute or a small parachute to help drag the main parachute out of the bag.

Arthur W. Mitchell – 1883

In 1935, Mitchell became the first African American elected to Congress on the Democratic ticket. He served in the House of Representatives for Illinois over four terms.

St. Elmo Brady – 1884

In 1916, Brady became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States. Following his studies, he proceeded to establish curricula for undergraduate and graduate programs at Tuskegee, Howard University, Fisk University, and Tougaloo College.

Claudia Alta Taylor – 1912

The 38th First Lady of the United States is better known as Lady Bird Johnson. However, she began her role in Washington as the Second Lady to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. On November 22, 1963, Mrs. Johnson and the Vice President were in the car behind President Kennedy and the First Lady when the shots were fired. That day, Mrs. Johnson’s life also changed.

Barbara Billingsley – 1915

The actress is best known for her role as June Cleaver on the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver.

Jerry Pinkney – 1939

Throughout his career, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated some of the most beloved children’s classics. His work has been recognized by numerous awards including five Caldecott Honor Medals and five Coretta Scott King Awards.

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