NATIONAL WINNIE THE POOH DAY
National Winnie the Pooh Day on January 18th commemorates author A.A. Milne’s birthday in 1882. He brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories, which also featured his son, Christopher Robin. Read more…
NATIONAL THESAURUS DAY
National Thesaurus Day, on January 18th, honors Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, who was born on this day in 1779. In 1840, Roget retired from a successful career in medicine and spent the rest of his… Read more…
NATIONAL PEKING DUCK DAY
National Peking Duck Day, on January 18th, recognizes the national dish of China. This dish is considered a delicacy due to its elaborate preparation and intense… Read more…
NATIONAL MICHIGAN DAY
On January 18, National Michigan Day recognizes the Great Lake State. Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has more shoreline than any of the contiguous 48 states. Of the 50 states, only Alaska has more. Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Grilled Ginger Garlic Chicken
Prep: 10 minutes
Marinate: 1 hour
Grill: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour 45 minutes
1 (3 to 4 pound) chicken, cut into 8 parts (2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs, 2 wings), excluding the back, skin on
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons grated ginger
3 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons sriracha
2 tablespoons brown sugar
In a sealable container or plastic bag, mix soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic, sriracha, and brown sugar.
Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade.
Place chicken in the container and coat thoroughly with the marinade. Marinate for 1 hour or overnight.
Heat grill to 375F and season grates with olive oil to prevent sticking. Grill chicken skin side down 2-3 minutes. Flip pieces and baste with reserved marinade. Grill for 25-35 minutes, basting every 10 minutes.
Remove and let the chicken rest before serving. Serve with Apple Salad and Sweet Potato Fries.
January 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Thomas Jefferson asks Congress to appropriate funds that would support the Corps of Discovery. At the time, Jefferson made the request secretly. Led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark, the expedition departed on May 14, 1804.
The first landing of an aircraft on the deck of a ship took place in San Francisco Harbor. Pilot Lt. Eugene B. Ely successfully landed his Curtiss pusher biplane safely on a 119-ft landing platform placed on the deck of the U.S.S. Pennsylvania.
The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe’s gold medals after more than seventy years. In 1912, the phenomenal athlete won gold in the decathlon and pentathlon events at the Stockholm Olympics in Sweden. Six months later, the Olympic Committee stripped him of his medals because he had been paid to play baseball in 1909 and 1910. However, an Olympic rule in effect in 1912 required the committee to contest the athlete’s amateur status within 30 days.
January 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Peter Roget – 1779
The retired physician pursued his love of words and completed Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.
Daniel Hale Williams – 1856
A physician of many firsts, Dr. Williams is credited with the first successful heart surgery on July 10, 1893.
A.A. Milne – 1882
The children’s author is best known for creating the Hundred Acre Woods and the characters who live there, including Winnie the Pooh.
Cary Grant – 1904
One of the classic Hollywood legends, Grant shined in comedy and action roles. He saw both critical and commercial success throughout his career and yet, Grant never won an Academy Award for any of them, though he was nominated twice.
Shelby Hearon – 1931
The American novelist published her first story Armadillo in the Grass in 1968. She earned the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award for her novel Owning Jolene.
Curt Flood – 1938
The centerfielder played professional baseball for 15 seasons in major league baseball. During his career, Flood played for the Cincinnati Redlegs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Senators. The three-time All-Star also earned seven Gold Gloves and ended his career with a .293 batting average.
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