FEBRUARY 20, 2023 | NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY | PRESIDENTS DAY | NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DAY | NATIONAL COMFY DAY | NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY | NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY
NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY
On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. This holiday focuses on giving extra attention to our pets. The day encourages pampering our pets and focusing on the special relationship pets hold in our lives. Read more…
On the third Monday in February, the United States celebrates the federal holiday known as Presidents Day. The day takes place during the birth month of the country’s two most prominent presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While the day once only honored President George Washington on his birthday, February 22nd, the day now never lands on a single president’s birthday. Read more…
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DAY
National Leadership Day is set aside to acknowledge the power of leadership. Every year, on February 20th, we recognize the impact that leaders make in people’s lives as they seek to develop themselves and others. Read more…
NATIONAL COMFY DAY
On National Comfy Day, February 20th, allow yourself to get comfortable and relax! It’s time to get cozy in your favorite place and take a break from the daily grind. Read more…
NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY
On February 20th, National Muffin Day serves up a delicious celebration packed with flavor and options, too! Read more…
NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY
Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie! Read more…
On DEck for February 21, 2023
National Grain-Free Day
National Sticky Bun Day
Fastnacht Day – Changes annually
Fat Tuesday – Changes annually
Paczki Day – Changes annually
National Pancake Day – IHOP – Changes Annually
Recipe of the Day
Delicious Glazed Donuts
Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours
Servings: 18 donuts
1 packet active dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
5-5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
Shortening for frying
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3-5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. When bubbles begin to form in the yeast mixture, stir in the milk and eggs. Cut the butter into the mixture. Gradually add flour and salt, scraping sides as you stir. When a dough forms, turn the dough onto a floured surface. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour, but not too much or donuts will be tough. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth. Form a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover and place in a warm place to let the dough rise.
When the dough is double in size, turn out onto a floured surface and knead. Divide dough in half and cover. Allow to rest 10-15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients. Add enough milk to create a thin, pourable glaze.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Turn one half the dough onto a floured surface and roll the dough into about 1/2 inch thickness. Dust donut cutter with flour and cut out donuts. Place on baking sheet. Cover and allow the donuts to rise until doubled in size.
Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet. Heat cooking oil in a deep-fryer or large pot to 350-375°F.
Drop donuts into the hot oil, 1-2 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, remove doughnuts and place them on the cooling rack.
Drizzle glaze over the tops of the doughnuts while the donuts are warm but slightly cooled.
February 20th Celebrated History
President George Washington signs the Postal Service Act formally creating the United States Postal Service. Before the 1792 act, temporary measures created by the Continental Congress established a postal service and postmaster general to oversee the system. The first person appointed to the role in 1775 was Benjamin Franklin.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened to the public. Founded by Eastman Johnson, John Taylor Johnston, Howard Potter, and George Palmer Putnam, the museum is the largest art museum in the United States.
Chicago Cubs owner, Philip Wrigley, his attorney Paul V. Harper and Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey established the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Racine Belles, South Bend Blue Sox, Kenosha Comets, and Rockford Peaches competed during the 1943 season.
Aboard the Friendship7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth
February 20th Celebrated Birthdays
Enzo Ferrari – 1898
In 1929, Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari, racing division. He would also be known for the Ferrari automobile marque.
Ansel Adams – 1902
The American landscape photographer and environmentalist became immensely influential in the preservation of the western American wilderness. He also made extensive contributions to the world of landscape photography that are still felt today.
Ruthe Deskin – 1916
The one-time president of the Las Vegas Press Club, Ruthe Deskin’s journalism career included radio and print. She also founded local youth programs.
Carl Stotz – 1920
In 1939, Stotz established Little League Baseball and invited the community of Williamsport, PA, to support the organization with managers, uniforms, and places for the young players to compete.
Robert Altman – 1925
The award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer is best-known for films such as M*A*S*H, Gosford Park, Popeye, and Prairie Home Companion.
Sidney Poitier – 1927
In 1964, Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field, becoming the first African American to win the award. The dramatic actor is also known for the films A Raisin in the Sun, In the Heat of the Night, and To Sir, With Love, just to name a few.
Buffy Sainte Marie – 1941
In 1983, the singer-songwriter and activist won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Up Where We Belong” from the film An Officer and a Gentleman.
Charles Barkley – 1963
During his 16 years in the National Basketball Association, the power forward played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. Following his athletic career, Sir Charles became an NBA analyst.
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