NATIONAL NACHOS DAY
On November 6th, National Nachos Day recognizes the snack favored at sporting events across the country. In their purest form, nachos are tortilla chips covered in nacho cheese, queso or other melted cheese and served with salsa. Read more…
NATIONAL BISON DAY
National Bison Day, on the first Saturday in November, honors one of the most majestic beasts to roam the land. Read more…
NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY
National Saxophone Day commemorates the birth of the woodwind’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, on November 6th. The saxophone is one of the main instruments in jazz music. Read more…
NATIONAL PLAY OUTSIDE DAY
If it’s the first Saturday of the month, it’s National Play Outside Day. So, no matter what month it is, everyone put down your electronic devices and get outside! Read more…
November 6th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
The Illinois inventor, William C. Hooker, receives patent No. 528,671 for the spring-loaded mousetrap. Boardgames have never been the same.
U.S. Army colonel Jacob Schick was granted patent No. 1,690,133 for an electric razor. While others had invented electric razors before, Schick was the first to achieve commercial success.
The news program, Meet the Press, debuts on NBC TV. Still airing today, it is the longest-running television program on network television.
Two years after the black-footed ferret was thought to be extinct, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report the discovery of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming. A conservation effort is immediately set in motion.
The film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premieres in London. In the fourth installment of the books by J.K. Rowling, the students of Hogwarts are challenged to a wizarding competition.
New York elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the House of Representatives. At 29 years old, she’s the youngest person to ever serve in the House.
Recipe of the Day
Bacon Onion Potato Soup
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion (about 8 ounces), chopped
3 strips uncooked bacon
4 Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 celery rib, sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Over medium heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, drizzle olive oil and add onions. Cook until translucent. Add bacon and fry until crisp.
Add potatoes, celery, flour and chives. Pour in broth. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender.** Add cream and cheese, warming through. Serve hot.
**Note: You can freeze the soup before adding the cream and cheese. This makes an excellent make-ahead meal. Double the recipe and freeze half, add the cream and cheese for a meal tonight and one later in the month.
November 6th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Antoine-Joseph Sax – 1814
In the 1840s, Sax received a patent for his invention of the woodwind instrument, the saxophone.
Charles Henry Dow – 1851
Along with Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser, Dow founded Dow Jones & Company in 1882. He would also establish the Wall Street Journal.
James Naismith – 1861
In 1891, the physical education teacher developed a game for his students using two peach baskets and a soccer ball. Today, basketball is played around the world.
Yoshisuke Aikawa – 1880
In 1933, the business leader founded Nissan, paving the way for the Japanese auto industry.
Ida Barney – 1886
The professor of mathematics and Yale University Observatory astronomer recorded the measurements of 150,000 stars during her career.
Opal Kunz – 1894
As an aviation pioneer, Kunz became the first woman to compete against men. She also organized the Betsy Ross Air Corps, providing humanitarian service during World War II.
Wilma Briggs – 1930
Over her seven-year career in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, the outfield earned a reputation for bringing in the runs. Not only was she fast, but her career batting average was .256 with 301 RBIs.
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