FEBRUARY 2, 2023 | NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY | NATIONAL HEAVENLY HASH DAY | OPTIMIST DAY | NATIONAL TATER TOT DAY
NATIONAL GROUNDHOG DAY
National Groundhog Day on February 2nd each year asks one question. Will he see his shadow? Ok, well, maybe it asks another question. Will there be six more weeks of winter? The day is celebrated each year in the United States and Canada. Read more…
NATIONAL HEAVENLY HASH DAY
National Heavenly Hash Day on February 2nd recognizes a family favorite that covers a variety of desserts with a common ingredient. Read more…
OPTIMIST DAY | First Thursday in February
Confident people look to the future with hope, and on Optimist Day we celebrate the volunteers who share their enthusiasm, skills, and talent to make that tomorrow a vibrant and peaceful one. On the first Thursday in February, recognize an optimist whose endeavors have made a difference in your community. Read more…
NATIONAL TATER TOT DAY
On February 2nd, National Tater Tot Day recognizes a kitchen staple. In the United States, we consume approximately 3.5 billion of these nuggets of potato goodness per year. Read more…
On Deck for February 3, 2023
National Carrot Cake Day
National Missing Persons Day
National The Day The Music Died Day
National Women Physicians Day
Four Chaplains Day
National Wear Red Day – First Friday in February
Bubble Gum Day – First Friday in February
Recipe of the Day
Ultimate Baked Sweet Potatoes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 5 minutes
4 Medium-sized sweet potatoes
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup mini marshmallows
4 slices crumbled Applewood bacon (optional)
Heat oven to 425°F.
Line baking sheet with parchment. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Combine butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl.
Slice potatoes open lengthwise. Pour butter mixture over potatoes and mix into the flesh of the sweet potato with a fork. Top with marshmallows.
Broil for 2-3 minutes or until marshmallows brown.
Top with crumbled bacon.
February 2nd Celebrated History
The United States and Mexico sign the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty defined the boundary between the two countries as the Rio Grande River.
Using Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope, William K.L. Dickson filmed Fred Ott as he sneezed at Edison’s Black Maria Studio. Named “Record of a Sneeze,” it consisted of 45 frames and is the first film recorded in the studio. It is registered as a photograph but not as a film because the category did not exist at the time.
Considered one of the film world’s first stuntmen, Frederick R. Law parachuted from the torch of the Statue of Liberty and landed 30 feet from the bay. This wasn’t his first parachute jump nor would it be his last.
Sylvia Beach publishes the complete novel Ulysses by James Joyce.
After a week of mushing 625 miles of brutal conditions, 20 drivers and their dogs safely relay a delivery of 300,000 doses of Diptheria serum to Nome, Alaska.
February 2nd Celebrated History
Sarah Hackett Stevenson – 1841
In 1876 Stevenson became the first woman to join the American Medical Association.
Solomon R. Guggenheim – 1861
In 1937, the American businessman established the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Two years later, the museum by the same name was built.
James Joyce – 1882
The Irish novelist and poet is best known for his novel Ulysses which at the time created controversy for its content.
Ayn Rand – 1905
The Russian-born novelist developed the philosophical system Objectivism. Her best-known novels include The Fountain Head and Atlas Shrugged.
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