NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY
National Science Fiction Day promotes the celebration of science fiction as a genre, its creators, history, and various media, too. On January 2nd annually, millions of science fiction fans across the United States read and watch their favorites in science fiction. The date of the celebration commemorates the birth of famed science fiction… Read more…
NATIONAL CREAM PUFF DAY
Enjoy a cream-filled pastry on National Cream Puff Day! Dessert and pastry lovers alike get to celebrate this delicious French creation on January 2nd. Originating in France, cream puffs are also known as… Read more…
NATIONAL BUFFET DAY
On January 2nd, National Buffet Day recognizes a popular dining destination for Americans. The buffet restaurant offers a variety of selections, making it possible for every member of the family to find what they want to eat. A buffet system serves several food choices in a central location. Patrons easily… Read more…
NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINER AWARENESS DAY
National Personal Trainer Awareness Day kick starts the year on January 2nd with a day to appreciate the professionals who help us to keep our resolutions, one step at a time. With getting in shape as one of the biggest resolutions each new year, personal trainers know… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
8 cups popped popcorn
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Prepare popcorn according to instructions. Add chopped walnuts.
Place popcorn in two large, shallow baking dishes or jelly roll pans.
Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, melt butter.
Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
Stirring constantly, bringing to a boil.
Allow to boil without stirring for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.
Pour caramel over popcorn and mix until evenly coated.
Place in oven and stir every 15 minutes.
Bake for 1 hour.
Toss warm caramel corn with dried cranberries.
Store in an air-tight container.
January 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Louis Daguerre captures the first photo of the Moon
President William Henry Harrison appoints the first woman to the role of presidential secretary. Alice Sanger’s impeccable qualifications as a skilled stenographer and typist gained her an introduction to Harrison two years prior.
The Soviet Union launches Luna 1, the first spacecraft to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull. Intended to impact the Moon, the unmanned rocket overshot the Moon and entered orbit around the Sun.
The first African American woman elected mayor of a major city and the first Mayor of the District of Columbia is sworn into office. Sharon Pratt Kelly ran for the office on the Democratic ticket against Maurice T. Turner, Jr.
January 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Oscar Micheaux – 1884
In 1919, Micheaux became the first African American filmmaker. During his career, he produced more than 44 films including The Homesteader, Within Our Gates, and The Betrayal.
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander – 1898
A woman of many degrees, Mossell Alexander was also a woman of many firsts. Some of her achievements include becoming the first African American in the United States to earn a PhD. in economics, the first African American woman to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and the first woman to serve as secretary of the National Bar Association.
Isaac Asimov – 1920
The prolific science fiction writer is best known for his Foundation series. Asimov’s works have been developed into films such as I, Robot and The Bicentennial Man.
Jack Hanna – 1947
The zoologist is known for hosting several wildlife-themed television shows including Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. His expertise transformed the Columbus Zoo in Ohio in the 1980s into a zoological park.
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