NATIONAL SMARTIES® DAY | October 2
National Smarties Day on October 2 celebrates the sweet legacy of an iconic candy and the smarty-pants people who never stop learning. Read more…
NATIONAL CUSTODIAL WORKER’S RECOGNITION DAY | OCTOBER 2
On October 2nd, National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day encourages appreciation to the employees who keep our schools and workplaces across the nation running smoothly. Read more…
NATIONAL PRODUCE MISTING DAY | OCTOBER 2
National Produce Misting Day on October 2nd recognizes the innovation of keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. Misted fingertips rest assured that produce remains crisp, plump, hydrated, and nutrient-dense. Read more…
NATIONAL GOE DAY
National GOE Day – Growth. Overcome. Empower. The Sunday of the first full weekend in October encourages us to support safe spaces for healing and connection for those who have been victimized by abuse and trauma. The day focuses on healing, recovery and providing resources that support overcoming these overwhelming obstacles in life. Read more…
NATIONAL NAME YOUR CAR DAY | OCTOBER 2
National Name Your Car Day on October 2nd encourages a special commitment to your wheels. It’s time to give your trusty automobile what it really needs, a name. Read more…
NATIONAL FRIED SCALLOPS DAY | OCTOBER 2
Right at the beginning of National Seafood Month, National Fried Scallops Day serves up a seafood dish enjoyed across the country. October 2nd each year brings scallop fans together to celebrate their favorite dishes. Read more…
On Deck for October 3, 2022
- National Boyfriend Day
- National Techies Day
- National Child Health Day – First Monday in October
- National Consignment Day – First Monday in October
Recipe of the Day
Delicious Glazed Donuts
Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours
Servings: 18 donuts
1 packet active dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
5-5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
Shortening for frying
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3-5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. When bubbles begin to form in the yeast mixture, stir in the milk and eggs. Cut the butter into the mixture. Gradually add flour and salt, scraping sides as you stir. When a dough forms, turn the dough onto a floured surface. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour, but not too much or donuts will be tough. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth. Form a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover and place in a warm place to let the dough rise.
When the dough is double in size, turn out onto a floured surface and knead. Divide dough in half and cover. Allow to rest 10-15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients. Add enough milk to create a thin, pourable glaze.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Turn one half the dough onto a floured surface and roll the dough into about 1/2 inch thickness. Dust donut cutter with flour and cut out donuts. Place on baking sheet. Cover and allow the donuts to rise until doubled in size.
Set a cooling rack on a baking sheet. Heat cooking oil in a deep-fryer or large pot to 350-375°F.
Drop donuts into the hot oil, 1-2 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, remove doughnuts and place them on the cooling rack.
Drizzle glaze over the tops of the doughnuts while the donuts are warm but slightly cooled.
October 2nd Celebrated History
J. Osterhoudt receives patent No. 5,8554 for a method of opening tin cans with a key. His design includes a lip for a key to turn the lid back.
In the Jules Vern novel Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg sets out on his journey around the world.
Charles M. Schulz publishes the first Charlie Brown cartoon strip, Li’l Folks. It was later named Peanuts.
CBS debuts Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. The anthology series tells bizarre stories that often encompassed strange events with plot twists and moral lessons.
Thurgood Marshall takes the oath from Chief Justice Earl Warren. The attorney and civil rights activist was the first African American Supreme Court Justice. He served until 1991. One of Marshall’s career highlights was the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
Canadian Lennox Lewis takes gold in the super heavyweight bout at the Seoul Olympics. He TKOs American Riddick Bowe in the 2nd round.
October 2nd Celebrated Birthdays
Hannah Adams – 1755
Working professionally as a writer, Adams compiled early U.S. history and the study of religion. She was the first woman in the U.S. to earn a living as a writer.
Nat Turner – 1800
Born into slavery, Turner organized and launched a two-day campaign that ended with the deaths of whites and slaves alike. Turner was hanged after eluding militia for six weeks.
Mahatma Gandhi – 1869
The social activist became the leader of the nationalist movement in India. Known for his non-violent resistance, in 1894 his labors for his country began when the Natal Legislative Assembly began considering a bill that would remove the right to vote from Indians. Gandhi’s efforts would take years and in 1947 the Indian Independence Bill created two independent nations: India and Pakistan. Only a few months later, Nathuram Godse assassinated the peaceful social activist.
Groucho Marx – 1890
The witty comedian joined his brothers on stage, radio and television performing shtick comedy. Groucho became known for his hallmark style which included a painted-on mustache, cigar, bushy eyebrows and trench coat.
Ruth Cheney Streeter – 1895
The first director of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve also became the first woman to attain the rank of major in the Marine Corps. By the time she retired in 1945, she had achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Nicolai Poliakoff – 1900
As the creator of the CoCo the Clown, Poliakoff gained fame in the UK and later the US. After immigrating to the UK from Russia, Poliakoff perfected is auguste clowning style with the Bertram Mills Circus.
Ruby Stephens – 1924
The right-handed pitcher played six seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. During her baseball career, she traveled all over North and South America playing exhibition games. When her baseball career ended, Stephens worked for the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, IL.
Robert Henry Lawrence – 1935
The first African American astronaut served as an instructor with the Manned Orbiting Laboratory. However, Lawrence would perish during a training flight for the Space Shuttle program before ever being given the opportunity to fly in space.
Johnnie Cochran – 1937
During the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the attorney made the phrase “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” famous.
Annie Leibovitz – 1949
The photographer is best known for her stunning portraits of celebrities.
Paul Teutul Jr. – 1974
After co-founding Orange County Choppers with his father, Teutul Jr. co-starred in the reality show American Chopper on the Discovery Channel and TLC for 8 seasons.
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