NATIONAL NOTHING DAY
Each year on January 16th, people across the nation recognize National Nothing Day. Read more…
NATIONAL WITHOUT A SCALPEL DAY
Each year on National Without a Scalpel Day January 16th recognizes the opportunities to treat disease without a scalpel. On this day in 1964, pioneering physician Charles Dotter performed the first angioplasty. The ground-breaking procedure to open a blocked blood vessel took place… Read more…
NATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY
Each year, National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the day the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was signed on January 16, 1786. Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, January 16th is declared Religious Freedom Day. Thomas Jefferson’s landmark statute became the basis for… Read more…
NATIONAL FIG NEWTON DAY
National Fig Newton Day on January 16th annually recognizes a tasty pastry enjoyed across the country. A Nabisco’s trademarked version of the fig roll, Newtons are a pastry filled… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Name: Home Fries
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total Prep: 35 minutes
Whether you serve this with breakfast or dinner, this Home Fries recipe will fill you up! Drizzle with your favorite sauce or check out ours!
3 Medium Yukon Gold potatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 425F.
Cube potatoes into 1-inch pieces and spread in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
Sprinkle garlic, onion, paprika, salt, and pepper over potatoes and toss to coat evenly.
Bake for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Halfway through baking, toss potatoes once more. Serve hot.
Michele S. – North Dakota
January 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President Chester Arthur signed the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, creating the U.S. civil service system. The act established a merit basis for federal jobs and promotions and made it illegal to fire or demote government employees for political reasons.
The states ratify the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution. A year later, the amendment goes into effect on January 17th. It prohibited “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors…” In between, Congress passed the Volstead Act providing the means to enforce the 18th Amendment. The “noble experiment” ended on December 5, 1933, when the states ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition.
On October 15, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Department of Transportation. A few months later, on January 16, 1968, Johnson appointed the first Secretary of Transportation, Alan Boyd.
The Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first docking mission while in orbit above the Earth. Each spacecraft were crewed by two cosmonauts, and while docked, they performed a spacewalk and switched spacecraft for the return flight home.
January 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Sarah Rosetta Wakeman – 1843
During the American Civil War, Sarah Wakeman disguised herself as a man to earn more money. Using either the name Lyons or Edwin Wakeman to find work, she eventually enlisted in the Union Army under the name Lyons. She served until 1864 when she died of dysentery. Only Wakeman’s letters home revealed her true identity.
André Michelin – 1853
The French industrialist and his brother Édouard Michelin transformed their grandfather’s business in 1888, renaming it Michelin and Company. A year later, their detachable-pneumatic tires would revolutionize transportation.
Ethel Merman – 1909
The comedic actress and singer rose to stardom on the Broadway stage in shows like Hello, Dolly, Girl Crazy, and Gypsy. Her talent translated to the silver screen, earning her a Golden Globe for 1954’s Call Me Madam.
Dian Fossey – 1932
It only took one experience with mountain gorillas to convince the American zoologist to return and establish the Karisoke Research Centre. From then on, Fossey dedicated and gave her life to studying gorillas and developing conservation efforts. Her efforts drew unwanted attention from smugglers and poachers in Rwanda. On December 26, 1985, Fossey was murdered in her bed, and the crime has never been solved.
Ronnie Milsap – 1944
One of country music’s most popular performers rose to the top of the charts during the 1970s. Some of the Grammy-winning singer and pianist’s best-known songs include “Stranger in My House,” “Any Day Now,” and “She Keeps the Home Fires Burning.”
Debbie Allen – 1950
The talented performer’s long career of successful television shows includes Fame and Grey’s Anatomy. She also appeared in one episode of The Cosby Show with her real-life sister Phylicia Rashad.
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