JUNETEENTH | JUNE 19
Each year Juneteenth (June 19th) commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration takes place each year on June 19th, recognizing an event that took place in Texas in 1865. Read more…
FATHER’S DAY | THIRD SUNDAY IN JUNE
On the third Sunday in June, Father’s Day honors the role fathers play in the family structure and society. The day recognizes not just fathers, but the father figures in our lives. These are the men we look up to who set solid examples for us and guide us throughout our lives. Read more…
NATIONAL FreeBSD DAY | JUNE 19
National FreeBSD Day on June 19th commemorates the launch date of an innovative technology that many of us use every day. Read more…
NATIONAL WATCH DAY | JUNE 19
On June 19th, National Watch Day recognizes an industry that has been around for more than 500 years and is steadily evolving. Choosing a watch is very personal as the choices are vast and numerous. Even with the advent of smartphones and smartwatches, the classic wristwatch signals individual taste, culture, and a rich history that cannot be disputed. Read more…
NATIONAL GARFIELD THE CAT DAY | JUNE 19
Each year on June 19th, National Garfield the Cat Day celebrates the fictional cartoon character, Garfield. Jim Davis created the comic strip Garfield and the title’s protagonist, a tabby cat by the same name. The observance celebrates Garfield and the entertainment he brings us. Read more…
NATIONAL TURKEY LOVERS’ DAY
National Turkey Lovers’ Day on the third Sunday in June each year demands we make room for turkey on the menu this summer. Read more…
On Deck for June 20, 2022
- American Eagle Day
- International Nystagmus Day
- National Hike with a Geek Day
- National Ice Cream Soda Day
- National Kouign Amann Day
- National Vanilla Milkshake Day
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 tablespoon corn starch
1/4 cup cold water
1/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 green onion, diced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Heat oven to 375°F. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season both sides with salt. Bake chicken for 20 minutes or until cooked.
In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with cold water. Over medium heat, bring the starch mixture to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, rice wine vinegar. Simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
Mix in orange zest. Pour sauce over baked chicken and toss to coat. Serve over white rice. Garnish with onion and sesame seeds.
June 19th Celebrated History
The first modern baseball game is played between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine. Using an established set of rules to define the game, the Nine defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1.
Washington state celebrates the first Father’s Day in the United States.
The Communication Act of 1934 establishes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC replaced the Federal Radio Commission.
The Charlotte Speedway in North Carolina hosted the first NASCAR Strictly Stock race.
Convicted spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed by electrocution at the Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York.
Valentina Tereshkova returns to Earth aboard the Vostok 6. The first woman to travel in space spent 71 hours orbiting the Earth.
June 19th Celebrated Birthdays
Lou Gehrig – 1903
The American first baseman played 17 seasons with the New York Yankee. His superior batting ability gained him the nickname “The Iron Horse.”
Salman Rushdie – 1947
Born in India, the British author published his 18th book in 2019. Some of his works include The Jaguar Smile, The Satanic Verses, and Quichotte.
Phylicia Rashad – 1948
Best known for her roles as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show and Carol Clarke in This is Us. She is also the sister of actress Debbie Allen. Rashad joined her sister on the set of Grey’s Anatomy in 2021 for one episode.
Kathleen Turner – 1954
The American actress gained prominence in the 1980s with films such as Romancing the Stone and The War of the Roses.
Paula Abdul – 1962
The American singer, songwriter, choreographer, and actress rose to fame in the 1980s after a stint as a Laker Girl and the squad’s head choreographer. Her first hits included “Forever Your Girl” and “Head over Heels”. She also serves as a judge on American Idol as well as several other competition shows.
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