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January 31st honors everything backward with National Backward Day. The day provides an opportunity to reverse our ways, our direction or simply our shirt. Dessert for breakfast, perhaps? There are many ways to celebrate this fun day, so just let your imagination… Read more…
NATIONAL HOT CHOCOLATE DAY
Each year on January 31st, National Hot Chocolate Day warms up people across the country by celebrating the timeless cold-weather beverage. Hot chocolate is a warm beverage made with ground… Read more…
INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY
Always observed on January 31st, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day encourages us to ponder how art affects our hearts. Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons. Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that… Read more…
NATIONAL BUBBLE WRAP DAY
National Bubble Wrap Day (also known as National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day) on the last Monday in January recognizes a fascinating piece of invention. Today, bubble wrap’s primary purpose is to protect fragile items either in shipping or storage. Of course, people also take… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Jalapeno Popper Soup
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, diced
3-4 jalapenos, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
14 ounce can diced tomatoes
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup frozen corn
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup cream or half & half
1 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (reserve 1/4 cup)
In a stockpot over medium-high heat, melt butter and add jalapeno and onions. Cook until onions are translucent and tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in bacon and cook through. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, cilantro, paprika, chili powder, and cumin. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium. Add cream cheese and stir until melted and well incorporated. Slowly add cream and 1 cup cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and garnish with remaining cheddar cheese and sweet corn, bacon crumbles, fresh cilantro, or chives.
January 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The Social Security Administration issues the first Social Security check in the amount of $22.54 to Ida May Fuller.
Chicago’s NBC affiliate WNBQ begins broadcasting the first television soap opera. These Are My Children aired for 15 minutes a day, five days a week until March 4,1949.
NASA launches Mercury 2 on a suborbital mission with a chimpanzee on board. The chimp, named Ham, survives the 16-minute 39-second flight.
The Misfits directed by John Huston and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift premiers in Reno, Nevada. The intense love story was the last completed film for both Gable and Monroe.
Don Williams became the first African American to start and win a Super Bowl. Playing for the Washington Redskins, he led Washington to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.
January 31st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Zane Grey – 1872
The popular author wrote about the American frontier and was one of the first widely-read western novelists. He wrote over 80 books, but some of his most popular were Riders of the Purple Sage, The Last Trail and The Lone Star Ranger.
Ella Cara Deloria – 1889
The Dakota Sioux educator dedicated much of her career to recording and translating the dialects, texts, myths, and ethnography of the Sioux culture and languages. She also wrote several books including Iron Hawk, Speaking of Indians, and Waterlily which was published posthumously.
Don Hutson – 1913
The professional football player played 11 years as a receiver with the Green Bay Packers.
Jackie Robinson -1919
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played 10 seasons with the MLB.
Norman Mailer – 1923
The prolific award-winning writer was known for his novels, plays, and films. He won two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award.
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