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NATIONAL BAGEL AND LOX DAY - February 9

NATIONAL BAGEL And LOX DAY – February 9

NATIONAL BAGEL AND LOX DAY DAY

National Bagel and Lox Day recognizes one of America’s favorite bagel combinations on February 9th.

Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. This creates a soft inside while keeping a crisp outside. Bagels originated in Poland in the early 17th century and now sell over a billion dollars worth each year in the United States.

Scandinavians perfected the technique for preparing lox by curing salmon in a salt brine for several months. Using the fatty belly of the salmon results in a buttery, silky texture that pairs well with cream cheese and bagels.

Over the years, many flavors and varieties of bagels have sprung up across the USA. Cream cheese is a favorite topping on bagels. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BagelAndLoxDay

  • Enjoy a Bagel and Lox!
  • Mix it up and add other toppings.
  • Visit your favorite bagel shop and be sure to give them a shout-out!
  • Invite friends to join you for bagels and lox.
  • Try these recipes:
  • Use #NationalBagelLoxDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BAGEL AND LOX DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this tasty food holiday. 

Bagel and Lox FAQ

Q. Are there other bagel days on the calendar?
A. Yes. National Bagel Day is on January 16th and National Bagelfest Day is on July 26th.

Q. Can anyone celebrate National Bagel and Lox Day?
A. Yes. Anyone can celebrate the day. However, if you’re not a fan of bagels or lox, you can celebrate any of the other celebrations on February 9th.

Q. Can I make bagels at home?
A. Yes. With enough patience and practice, anyone can make bagels at home. Additionally, they don’t require any special tools to make them.

 

February 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1825

When the 1825 election came to the Electoral College, no candidate held a majority vote. The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams who came in second in the popular vote after Andrew Jackson.

1870

President Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau under the Secretary of War.

1895

William George Morgan of Lockport, New York, invents a game called Mintonette based on the game of badminton. The name would later be changed to volleyball.

1971

National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York elects Satchel Paige as the first Negro League player to be honored.

February 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Thomas Paine – 1737

The American Founding Father authored influential essays including Common Sense and The American Crisis which helped sway Colonial support for independence. However, by the end of his life, Paine had lost much of the respect of his peers.

William Henry Harrison – 1773

In 1841, the 9th President of the United States became the oldest person to be elected to the highest office in the country. Thirty-two days later, he died of pneumonia, serving the shortest term in presidential history.

Amy Lowell – 1874

The award-winning American poet published several collections of poems. Her collections include A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass and Sword Blades and Poppy Seed.

Carole King – 1942

Since the 1960s, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has produced a number of hit songs for artists such as Bobby Vee, The Drifters, and Aretha Franklin.

Mia Farrow – 1945

For nearly 6 decades, the award-winning American actress has wowed audiences on stage and screen with her performances. Her most notable films include Rosemary’s Baby, The Great Gatsby, and Hannah and Her Sisters

Honorable Mentions

Gypsy Rose Lee – 1914
Judith Light – 1949
Terry McAuliffe – 1957