NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY
Each year on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day grows in popularity. It is celebrated by individuals, groups, and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. Read more…
NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY
National Cabbage Day on February 17th recognizes a delightful garden staple that provides some of the best recipes for the Celtic holidays coming up next month. It’s an excellent day to test your corned beef and cabbage skills alongside other delicious seasonal dishes. Read more…
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Recipe of the Day
Easy Corn Beef & Cabbage
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: All Day
1 4-5 lb. corned beef
5 or 6 medium potatoes
1 medium head of cabbage
6 to 7 medium carrots
1 large yellow onion
Slice potatoes into quarters.
Cut carrots into thirds.
Cut onion in half and chop each half into eight pieces.
Slice/chop cabbage down to pieces about 1 inch long.
Pour 1/2 cup of water into crockpot and place corn beef into the middle.
Surround the beef with the vegetables.
Find the meat packaging for the seasoning packet supplied with the corned beef. Pour the seasoning over the meat and vegetables.
Cover crockpot with lid, turn onto medium, and let cook.
February 17th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 4,669X to Chester Stone of Middlebury, New Haven County, Connecticut for the invention of a washing machine. The record of the patent was destroyed in the 1836 Patent Office fire at the Blodget’s Hotel. However, 61 years after Stone invented the washing machine, his son Marvin would invent the revolutionary drinking straw.
Jean-Henry Dunant, Gustave Moynier, Théodore Maunoir, Guillaume-Henri Dufour and Louis Appia organize the humanitarian organization known as the International Red Cross.
The Suez Canal officially opens and the first ship passes through, L’Aigle, the imperial yacht of French Empress Eugenie.
Newsweek publishes its first issue. Samuel T. Williamson served as the weekly periodical’s first editor-in-chief.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Human chess master, Garry Kasparov defeats IBM’s chess-playing computer, Deep Blue, 4 to 2.
On the grounds of the North Dakota Capitol, 8,962 people set a record by making simultaneous snow angels.
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February 17th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Raphaelle Peale – 1774
The artist is considered the first professional still-life artist in the United States. According to the National Gallery of Art, no more than 50 of his still-life pieces remain, though he also painted portraits, as did his father Charles.
Hilda Hewlett – 1864
Between 1910 and 1912, Hewlett founded a flying school, became the first British woman to earn a pilot’s license, and started building planes.
Mary Carson Breckinridge – 1881
In 1925, the American nurse-midwife founded the Frontier Nursing Service, providing rural health services. Her efforts brought much-needed training to remote areas of the Kentucky hills and the results were successful in numerous ways.
Hal Holbrook – 1925
The critically acclaimed American actor earned recognition on stage and screen. Known for bringing author Mark Twain to life on Broadway in Mark Twain Tonight!, and the films Into the Wild, All the President’s Men, Lincoln and Water for Elephants.
Lou Diamond Phillips – 1962
The Filipino-American actor is best known for his roles in the films La Bamba, Young Guns, and Stand and Deliver. He’s also known for the television series Longmire and Prodigal Son.
Michael Jordan – 1963
Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. During his career, he won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. Following his NBA career, Jordan has accomplished a successful business career.
Aaron Montgomery Ward -1843
Thomas J. Watson – 1874
Daniel Whitney – 1963