NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY
National Technology Day on January 6th recognizes how technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. Each year, from the wheel to smartphones, the day honors technological achievements that impact our daily lives. Imagine the world without technology. In our daily lives, we… Read more…
NATIONAL CUDDLE UP DAY
Each year on January 6th, National Cuddle Up Day encourages us to snuggle up with someone for the health benefits and more! January typically has some of the coldest days of the year, so what better… Read more…
NATIONAL BEAN DAY
Green, red, kidney, lima, or soy are just a few of the different kinds of beans recognized on National Bean Day on January 6th. This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes, and colors. We’ve been cultivating beans (legumes)… Read more…
NATIONAL SHORTBREAD DAY
National Shortbread Day on January 6th recognizes a classic Scottish treat enjoyed around the world. Shortbread is a traditional Scottish dessert typically made with… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Fresh Black Bean Dip
Prep: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (removing seeds is optional)
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
½ cup of red onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of cilantro
½ garlic clove, finely chopped
½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (1 teaspoon for additional heat)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of light zesty Italian dressing
In a small mixing bowl, add dressing, cayenne pepper and garlic together and mix well. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the peppers, onion, jalapeno, corn tomatoes and black beans. stir gently until combined.
Drizzle Italian dressing mixture over ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Stir until all ingredients is thoroughly combined.
Chill for 1 hour to allow ingredients to absorb flavor.
Serve with tortilla chips.
Recipe credit: Amy LaVallie, National Day Calendar
January 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
In the first public demonstration of the telegraph, Samuel Morse transmits an encoded message to a waiting receiver at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey. The message read, “A patient waiter is no loser.” However, it would be five more years before Congress includes funding in the budget to lay the first telegraph line from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore.
The educator, advocate, and activist, Dr. Maria Montessori opens Casa Dei Bambini (Children’s House) in Rome, Italy. Her first school and daycare center for working-class children focused on student-led education. Her methods soon spread, opening Montessori schools around the world.
The Pacific Clipper completes the first commercial around the world flight. Owned and operated by Pan American, the plane and its crew faced an unexpected obstacle on its return flight from Aukland, New Zealand to San Francisco, United States when on December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor. Captain Robert Ford and his crew’s return were not only delayed, but their return route would take them around the world in the opposite direction in an unplanned circumnavigation of the world.
January 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier – 1799
Along with his brother Joseph-Michel, Jacques-Etienne launched the first hot-air balloon into the sky in 1783.
John Hanks Alexander – 1864
John Alexander Hanks was best-known as the 1st African American officer to hold a regular command position and the 2nd to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Carl Sandburg – 1878
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is one of America’s best-loved poets of the 20th century.
John DeLorean – 1925
The American engineer rose up through the ranks of General Motors. Then in 1975, he founded the DeLorean Motor Company. By 1982, the company filed for bankruptcy.
Fred Turner – 1933
The founder of McDonald’s Hamburger University began his career with the franchise making burgers. Before that, Turner served his country in the U.S. Army.
Doris Troy – 1937
The R&B singer-songwriter is best known for her hit song “Just One Look.”
Howie Long – 1960
The defensive end played 13 seasons in the National Football League with the Raiders. He followed his athletic career as an analyst and actor.
Eddie Redmayne – 1982
The critically and popularly successful actor earned an Academy Award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
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