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National Food Day | October 24


National Food Day focuses on healthy and nutritious food and takes place annually on October 24th. Read more…

National Bologna Day | October 24


Each year on October 24th, people across the nation make a sandwich to participate in National Bologna Day.  This would be a good day to have a bologna sandwich for lunch. Read more…

United Nations Day | October 24


United Nations Day recognizes the founding of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The celebration is observed annually on October 24th. Read more…

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Recipe of the Day

Asian Honey Tea Grilled Shrimp
 15 minutes
Chill: 30 minutes
Cook: 4 to 6 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6 servings


1 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined salt
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup strong-brewed orange spice tea, cooled
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Make a marinade by combining the tea, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, and pepper in a plastic bag. Remove 1/2 cup of the marinade and set aside.  Add the shrimp to the plastic bag, coating each piece. Seal the bag and chill for 30 minutes or up to a maximum of 12 hours in the refrigerator.

Remove shrimp from the bag and discard the marinade. Divide the shrimp between 8 skewers. Grill over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and are just firm to the touch. Turn once during grilling.

Season the shrimp with salt to taste.

Prepare reserve marinade to use as a dipping sauce. Place in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 3-5 minutes until the sauce reduces slightly. Add green onions.

October 24th Celebrated History


The first transcontinental telegraph line in the United States began operation. Only 17 months before, the Pony Express had been the fastest means of delivering a message on the frontier. With the telegraph now connecting the country from coast to coast, the iconic and short-lived era of the Pony Express came to an end.


With the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the 40-hour workweek went into effect in the United States.


Harry Houdini took the stage for his final performance. However, neither he nor his audience at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit know that Houdini was falling ill. He died a few days later on October 31st from a ruptured appendix.


Winning the World Series in 6 games, the Toronto Blue Jays become the first team outside the United States to win the championship. They defeated the Atlanta Braves 4 games to 2.

October 24th Celebrated Birthdays

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood – 1830

As an attorney, Lockwood lobbied for equal rights for women including suffrage, property, guardianship, and pay. In 1874, Lockwood drafted a bill that would allow her to be admitted to the Supreme Court bar. It took five years to pass both the House and Senate and on February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the bill into law. In March, Lockwood became the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court bar. The following year, she became the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

Marjorie Joyner – 1896

The cosmetologist was a woman of many firsts. She was the first African American to graduate from the A.B. Molar Beauty School. As a teacher for Madam C.J. Walker, she invented and patented the first permanent-wave machine. Seeing the need for students and educators to network, Joyner founded the Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority and Fraternity for beauty students and United Beauty School Owners and Teachers Association.

Melvin Purvis – 1903

Working for the Justice Department under J. Edgar Hoover, Purvis was charged with capturing the gangster and bank robber, John Dillinger. After several near misses, on July 22, 1934, Purvis and his agents received a tip that led them to Dillinger. Outside the Biograph Theater, a shootout between Dillinger and Purvis’s agents resulted in the gangster’s death.

Nathaniel Wyeth – 1911

The mechanical engineer’s development of a type of polyethylene terephthalate made it possible to bottle carbonated beverages in plastic containers.

Bob Kane – 1915

The comic book writer created, along with Milton Finger, the DC Comics character Batman.

Marie Foster – 1917

The Civil Rights activist helped thousands of African-Americans to register to vote and overcome voter suppression.

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