BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY | October 21
On October 21 we are traveling back in time to catch a ride on the DeLorean to celebrate Back to the Future Day. Read more…
NATIONAL PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE DAY
Each year on October 21st, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day ushers in the flavors of fall. Cheesecake is one of America’s favorite desserts and by adding pumpkin, we celebrate the essential flavoring of the season. Read more…
NATIONAL REPTILE AWARENESS DAY
Each year on October 21st, people across the nation observe National Reptile Awareness Day. Created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing. Read more…
NATIONAL WITCH HAZEL DAY | October 21
On October 21, discover one of America’s first skin treatments and favorite skincare ingredients when you celebrate National Witch Hazel Day. Read more…
NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY
Every year on the third Friday in October, National Mammography Day joins in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Read more…
On Deck for October 22, 2022
- National Color Day
- National Make a Dog’s Day
- National Nut Day
- National Make A Difference Day – Fourth Saturday in October
Recipe of the Day
New York Cheesecake
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total Prep: 70 minutes
1 – 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
First Prepare Crust:
Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
Press into a well greased, 9-inch springform pan.
Spread up the side and along the bottom of the pan.
Place in freezer and chill for 5 to 10 minutes.
Next prepare filling:
Heat oven to 400°.
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth.
Add eggs, vanilla, and cornstarch and mix well.
Stir in 1 cup sour cream.
Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and bake for 45 minutes.
Turn off the oven and let cool 3 hours with the door slightly ajar.
Prepare topping (before serving):
Combine 1 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup sugar.
Pour over chilled cheesecake before serving.
October 21st Celebrated History
In his Menlo Park, NJ laboratory, Thomas Edison demonstrates the first lasting electric lightbulb. After 1,200 unsuccessful experiments that did not hold up or were short-lived, led Edison to a bulb that burned 40 hours. By the end of the year, Edison would demonstrate the durable bulb to the public.
Ernest Hemmingway publishes the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. Considered one of the best war novels ever written, the story follows a young American soldier attached to a guerilla unit during the Spanish Civil War.
The Trimline phone designed by Henry Dreyfuss was installed in a home for the first time. The phone’s design offered a freedom that hadn’t been possible on previous phones, though the phone was still corded. With the dial on the handset instead of the base unit, users could dial and disconnect without being near the base unit.
Trevor Hunt carved 109 pumpkins in one hour, setting a world record. The record-breaking display took place during the filming of The Meredith Vieira Show in New York City.
October 21st Celebrated Birthdays
Alfred Nobel – 1833
The Swedish chemist and engineer invented dynamite using nitroglycerine. Upon his death, Nobel’s will instructed that a bulk of his massive fortune be used to recognize those who “…conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.” Today, the world regards the Nobel Prize as the pinnacle of achievement.
Mary Blair – 1911
The American artist and animator’s influences and style can be seen in Disney films such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella.
William A. Mitchell – 1911
As a food chemist, Mitchell developed some of the most iconic convenience foods and snacks we enjoy today. Pop Rocks candy began as an idea for an instantly self-carbonating drink mix. Every Pie Day, millions of Americans celebrate with a dollop of Cool Whip. Yep. He made that, too. His products have even been to space. Tang anyone?
Samuel W. Alderson – 1914
The physicist and engineer developed the first crash-test dummy designed for automobiles. As more people hit the roads after the advent of the automobile, the country came to realize the need for safety measures. In 1966, Congress passed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act which defined safety standards on vehicles, highway design, and more. Enter Samuel Alderson. Before creating crash-test dummies for the automotive industry (aka anthropomorphic test devices), Alderson developed them for the U.S. military and NASA.
Dizzy Gillespie – 1917
The daring jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader was one of the pioneers of bebop. He’s known for his sense of humor, puffed cheeks, and playing a bent trumpet. Some of his notable songs include “Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee,” “Blue ‘N’ Boogie,” and “Salt Peanuts.” In 1995, Gillespie was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Ursula LeGuin – 1929
The prolific science fiction author is the author of the Earthsea series which follows a young wizard named Ged Sparrowhawk and his adventures at a wizarding school. Publishing began on the 6 book series in 1968 with A Wizard of Earthsea.
Judith Sheindlin – 1942
The former Manhattan family court judge began presiding on the reality television show Judge Judy in 1996. For 25 seasons, she listened to the stories provided by the defendant and the plaintiff, espoused her wisdom, and made rulings.
Ronald McNair – 1950
In 1978, the physicist joined NASA as one of three men selected as the first African American astronaut. His first space flight was aboard the space shuttle Challenger mission STS-41B on February 3, 1984. His next mission aboard Challenger was STS-51L. Due to O-ring issues, the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launch killing all 7 astronauts on board.
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