NATIONAL BIRD DAY
Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds. Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as… Read more…
NATIONAL WHIPPED CREAM DAY
On January 5th, add a little extra something special to desserts to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day. Add whipped cream! Not only does it add creaminess and a bit of pizzaz, but it also makes the difference between the ho-hum or a celebration kind of… Read more…
NATIONAL KETO DAY
National Keto Day hits January 5th with an approach to transforming our health. Recent research suggests the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet offers a number of benefits. Read more…
NATIONAL SCREENWRITERS DAY
On January 5, when the credits roll on your favorite show or movie, admire the writers on National Screenwriters Day! You’ve probably heard of Steven Spielberg, the great director, who is known for Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of The Lost Arc, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But do you know that Spielberg…Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Beans ‘n Franks
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total Prep: 2 hours, 15 minutes
1 teaspoon butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 slices bacon
16 ounce can of pork and beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon of Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
16 ounce package frankfurters
Cut bacon into squares and fry in a large skillet.
Add onion and saute’ until translucent.
Remove from heat. Drain excess fat.
Mix beans, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and hot sauce in a 2-quart casserole dish.
Add bacon and onion and mix well.
Slice frankfurters and stir into beans.
Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
January 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The U.S. Patent Office issues patent No. 19063 is issued to Ezra J. Warner of Waterbury, Connecticut for a can opener. While it never became popular for home use, it wouldn’t be long before another can opener was invented.
Ford Motor Company establishes an eight-hour workday and sets a daily minimum wage of $5.
Nellie Tayloe Ross takes the oath of office, becoming Wyoming’s 14th Governor and the first woman to serve as governor of any U.S. state. Wyoming has not elected another woman since.
George Washington Carver dies at the Tuskegee Institute where the agricultural scientist spent years developing many uses for sweet potatoes, peanuts, and soybeans. While he would receive a couple of patents, the first in 1925, Carver was most noted for his 1916 publication How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption.
January 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
King C. Gillette – 1855
After inventing a disposable safety razor made from stamped steel, Gillette founded the American Safety Razor Company in 1901.
Elizabeth Cotten – 1893
The folksinger is best known for her song “Freight Train.” Using right-handed instruments, Cotten played them up-side-down to accommodate her left-handed playing. In 1984, she received the Grammy Award for the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording.
Jeannette Piccard – 1895
The high-altitude balloonist was the first woman licensed to pilot a balloon in the United States. On October 23, 1934, she became the first woman to reach the stratosphere when Piccard piloted a hydrogen balloon to an altitude of 57, 979 feet. Her husband, Dr. Jean Piccard accompanied her on the voyage.
Kemmons Wilson – 1913
In 1952, the businessman founded the first Holiday Inn in Memphis, Tennessee.
Aaron Bunny Lapin – 1914
In 1948, Lapin collaborated with Aaron Block to develop a way to dispense real whipped cream from a can. Their invention? Reddi-Wip.
Sam Phillips – 1923
The record producer opened a recording studio in 1950 and in 1952 founded the Sun Record Company. Phillips produced recordings at the studio for notable artists including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Roy Orbison.
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