NATIONAL RUBBER DUCKY DAY
According to a 1973 Sesame Street calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is January 13th so around the country it’s National Rubber Ducky Day! A friend of Ernie and Big Bird, Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode. The rubber ducky (also spelled duckie) has come a long way from his first… Read more…
NATIONAL STICKER DAY
National Sticker Day on January 13th recognizes all the ways stickers brighten up a page or send a special message. The day celebrates all things stickers, from the custom printing of them to sharing stickers. Every sticker has a story. Historians credit the European merchants… Read more…
NATIONAL PEACH MELBA DAY
Another dessert brought to us by an internationally famous chef, National Peach Melba Day offers a refreshing celebration on January 13th each year. French chef Auguste Escoffier invented the … Read more…
KOREAN AMERICAN DAY
Korean American Day on January 13th commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903. The day also honors the Korean American’s immense contributions to every aspect of society. In 1882, the United States and Korea signed… Read more…
STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY
Stephen Foster Memorial Day on January 13th commemorates the music of the man who composed hundreds of America’s first popular songs. Born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1826, Stephen Foster became… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Name: Beer Bread
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
3 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 can beer
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking oil.
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Recipe credit: Michele S. – North Dakota
January 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Decades of invention and experiments from contributors around the globe culminated into a single moment at the Metropolitan Opera House. Inventor Lee Deforest powered up the transmitter and antenna and began the world’s first public radio broadcast, a performance of Enrico Caruso. While the audience was small, it demonstrated the potential of public broadcasting.
German test pilot Helmut Schenk successfully deploys the first ejection seat while being towed aloft in his HE280 by two Bf 110C tugs. During heavy snow, the jet iced up and Schenk found he had no control of the plane. He jettisoned the towline and ejected from the plane.
President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He appoints Robert C. Weaver as the secretary of the new department, the first African American to hold a Cabinet position.
Barbara Sonntag of Colorado set the American speed crocheting record of 4,412 stitches in 30 minutes. That comes to roughly 147 stitches every minute.
January 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Horatio Alger – 1832
One of the most popular American authors in the decades following the Civil War, his stories followed the familiar rags to riches theme.
Alfred C. Fuller – 1885
In 1906, Alfred Fuller founded the Fuller Brush Company and grew it into a household name for cleaning supplies.
Sabine Zlatin – 1907
During World War II, Zlatin and her husband rescued children from intern camps and eventually established a home for refugees. However, in 1944, Klaus Barbie and Nazi soldiers captured all 44 children and adults who lived and worked there except Zlatin and killed them. During a war crimes trial in 1987, Zlatin testified against Barbie.
Shonda Rhimes – 1970
The American screenwriter and producer is best known for the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Her other notable works include Scandal, Private Practice, and The Princess Diaries.
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