Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Today is Tuesday 23, 2010
2 Days till Thanksgiving
32 Days till Christmas
39 Days til 2011

National Espresso Day

The espresso coffee machine was invented in Italy in 1901 by Luigi Bezzera in order to decrease his employees' coffee break time and increase their productivity. Bezzera's machine used steam pressure to force hot water through the ground coffee filters. This allowed coffee to be prepared quickly by the cup on demand and the resulting brew of coffee was also stronger in flavor and body. Bezzera's patent was sold in 1903 to Desidero Pavoni who began commercially producing and distributing the espresso machines throughout Europe. 
Espresso has since become a worldwide, beloved drink of coffee enthusiasts. Between the frothy, smooth texture and pleasant aroma, a cup of espresso is certainly a divine experience.
Celebrate National Espresso Day by purchasing a cup of espresso at your favorite coffee shop or make your own using an espresso coffee machine like the one Luigi Bezzera invented!
Today is also Eat a Cranberry Day
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month & Family Literacy Month
This week is National Game & Puzzle Week
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On this day in History:

1835 - Henry Burden patented the horseshoe manufacturing machine.

1889 - The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.

1936 - The first edition of "Life" magazine was published.

1943 - During World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands.

1988 - Wayne Gretzky scored his 600th National Hockey League (NHL) goal.

Quote of the Day:
"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world."

--Sheila Graham

Friday, November 19, 2010

Today is Friday 19, 2010
6 Days till Thanksgiving
36 Days till Christmas
43 Days til 2011

International Men's Day

Today is International Men's Day! This holiday focuses on improving men's health, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.
The establishment of International Men's Day has been in the works since at least the 1960's. Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh of the University of West Indies realized the importance of male role models in society and he began promoting the event. He finally received written support from United Nations officials a little over a decade ago and it was observed for the first time on November 19, 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The date was originally chosen because it is the birthday of Dr. Teelucksingh's father, a major role model in his life. Since it's origin, many other countries have joined in its efforts including Jamaica, Australia, India, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. 
Celebrations of International Men's Day include marches, debates, panel discussions, public seminars, art displays, and much more. Each year typically has a theme associated with it. To learn more about this holiday and events going on in your area, check out the official website.
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is American Education Week
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On this day in History:

1794 - The U.S. and Britain signed the Jay Treaty. The treaty resolved the issues left over from the Revolutionary War.

1895 - The "paper pencil" was patented by Frederick E. Blaisdell.

1954 - Two automatic toll collectors were placed in service on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.

1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel on an official visit.

1985 - U.S. President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.

1990 - Milli Vanilli was stripped of their Grammy Award because other singers had lent their voices to the "Girl You Know It's True" album.

1998 - Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of the Artist Without Beard" sold at auction for more than $71 million.

Quote of the Day:
"Do not be interested in the quantity of people who respect and admire you, but in their quality. If bad people dislike you, so much the better."

--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today is Wednesday 17, 2010
8 Days till Thanksgiving
38 Days till Christmas
45 Days til 2011

Homemade Bread Day

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. In the early 1900s, women used to bake fresh bread every day as part of their daily routine. Some even made their own yeast! As time went on, if people needed bread they just went to their local bakeries rather than baking the bread themselves.
Today, homemade bread making is extremely rare without a breadmaker machine. This appliance was first released in Japan in 1986. Since then it's popularity has spread worldwide to Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some breadmakers can also be set to make other things such as pasta dough, jam, or Japanese style rice cakes.
To celebrate Homemade Bread Day, find a recipe for your favorite type of bread and try your hand at some old fashioned homemade bread baking!
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is American Education Week
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On this day in History:

1800 - The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.

1869 - The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.

1922 - Siberia voted for union with the U.S.S.R.

1962 - Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by U.S. President Kennedy.

1988 - Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years.

1998 - Garth Brooks released "Garth Brooks - Double Live."

Quote of the Day:
"Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think."

--Alexander Pope

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today is Monday Tuesday 16, 2010
19 Days till Thanksgiving
39 Days till Christmas
46 Days til 2011

National Fast Food Day

Fast food has become an American staple. There are over 300,000 fast food restaurants in the United States alone, making it nearly impossible to drive down the road without going by at least one fast food chain restaurant.
The concept of ready-cooked food for sale began in Ancient Roman cities that had street stands selling bread and wine. It was not until 1867 though that the first American fast food restaurant, Coney Island hot dog stand, opened in New York.
Since then, dozens of other fast food restaurants have opened and franchised throught the United States and the rest of the world. Their popularity soared because of their convenience and low prices.
Need more proof of the popularity of fast food? In 1970 U.S. consumers spent $6 billion on fast food. Thirty years later in 2000 U.S. consumers spent $110 billion! Take part in this American tradition and enjoy National Fast Food Day!
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is American Education Week
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On this day in History:

1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.

1933 - The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations for the first time.

1973 - U.S. President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.

1978 - The movie version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" opened. The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Billy Preston made their acting debuts in the movie.

1982 - An agreement was announced on the 57th day of a strike by National Football League (NFL) players.

Quote of the Day:
"There is no such thing as 'best' in the world of individuals."

--Hosea Bellou

Monday, November 15, 2010

Today is Monday November 15, 2010
10 Days till Thanksgiving
40 Days till Christmas
47 Days til 2011

America Recycles Day

Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution?
These environmental benefits should be enough incentive for everyone to take part in the simple activity of recycling. Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire United States commercial fleet of airplanes every three months. By reusing Earth's natural resources, we reduce green house gas emissions and the need to build landfills. We also ensure that these natural resources will be around for future generations to use.
America Recycles Day celebrates all of the benefits associated with recycling and encourages people to do their part. Learn more about this holiday and what you can do to help!
Today is also National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is American Education Week
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On this day in History:

1777 - The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, precursor to the U.S. Constitution.

1889 - Brazil's monarchy was overthrown.

1901 - Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid.

1920 - The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.

1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

1990 - David Bowie opened on Broadway in the title role of "The Elephant Man."

Quote of the Day:
"The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life."

--Albert Einstein

Friday, November 12, 2010

Today is Friday November 12, 2010
13 Days till Thanksgiving
43 Days till Christmas
50 Days til 2011

National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day

Today is the official day to order your pizza with the works...everything except anchovies! Pizza has been part of the European diet since the Stone Age when it was baked beneath the stones of the fire. Though it was first created by the Greeks, it was the Italians who truly made it famous. Italian pizza chefs often season their flat bread pizzas with a variety of different toppings.
National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day celebrates all of the different toppings you can put on your pizza to suit your own tastes and preferences. And though having fish on pizza isn't the worst thing in the world, the strong salty flavor of anchovies masks all of the other delicious toppings on your pizza. So order your pizza today with all your favorite toppings, but keep it anchovy-free!
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is Pursuit of Happiness Week

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On this day in History:

1859 - The first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at Cirque Napoleon in Paris, France. He was also the designer of the garment that is named after him.

1931 - Maple Leaf Gardens opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was to be the new home of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL).

1940 - Walt Disney released "Fantasia."

1966 - Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" was released.

1970 - The Doors made their last appearance with Jim Morrison in New Orleans.

Quote of the Day:
"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known."

--Garrison Keillor

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today is Thursday November 11, 2010
14 Days till Thanksgiving
44 Days till Christmas
51 Days til 2011

National Sundae Day

Today's the perfect excuse to splurge on calories and enjoy a delicious ice cream sundae! There are three cities in the United States that all claim to be the birthplace of the sundae, but the true origin of this dessert is unknown.
There are hundreds of different variations of the original ice cream sundae, all with different ice cream flavors and toppings. Did you know that the most expensive sundae to be documented sold for $1,000? It had five scoops of rich vanilla ice cream, edible gold leafs, candied fruit, expensive chocolate, and was served in a crystal goblet with a golden spoon.
To celebrate National Sundae Day, throw an ice cream sundae party for you and your friends. Get a few gallons of your favorite ice cream flavors and toppings and enjoy!
Today is also Veterans Day & Remembrance Day
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month

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On this day in History:

1851 - The telescope was patented by Alvan Clark.

1918 - World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. This day became recognized as Veteran's Day in the United States.

1946 - Velvet Underground made its performance debut at a high school dance in Summit, NJ.

1976 - KISS released the album "Rock and Roll Over."

1987 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" was sold for a then record 53.9 million dollars in New York.

1991 - The U.S. stationed its first diplomat in Cambodia in 16 years to help the nation arrange democratic elections.

1992 - The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.

Quote of the Day:
If you want to know your past life,
look at your present condition,
if you want to know your future life,
look at your present actions.

--Buddhist Teaching

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today is Wednesday November 10, 2010
15 Days till Thanksgiving
45 Days till Christmas
52 Days til 2011

National Vanilla Cupcake Day

Vanilla cupcakes are a delightful treat that can be seen anywhere from children's birthday parties to weddings and everywhere in between. They can be decorated quite simply with store bought frosting or they can be made to look like a stunning work of art. No matter how the vanilla cupcakes are made to look, the result is always the same: a delicious dessert for people of all ages to enjoy!
Did you know that cupcakes are referred to in England as fairy cakes? The name came from the idea that their small size would be appropriate for a party of fairies to enjoy.
Celebrate National Vanilla Cupcake Day by baking cupcakes for your kids, friends, or coworkers. Don't forget to add the finishing touches like frosting and sprinkles!
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is Pursuit of Happiness Week

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On this day in History:

1775 - The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11, 1798.

1801 - The U.S. state of Tennessee outlawed the practice of dueling.

1928 - Michinomiya Hirohito was enthroned as Emperor of Japan.

1954 - The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, VA.

1969 - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry received a gold record. The song had been released 20 years earlier.

1969 - "Sesame Street" made its debut on PBS.

1997 - WorldCom Inc. acquired MCI Communication Corporation. It was the largest merger in U.S. history valued at $37 billion.

Quote of the Day:
"It is not how much you do but how much love you put into what you are doing."

--Mother Teresa 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Today is Tuesday November 9, 2010
16 Days till Thanksgiving
46 Days till Christmas
53 Days til 2011

National Scrapple Day

Did you know that scrapple is arguably the first pork food invented in America? It was first created more than 200 years ago by Dutch colonists who settled near Philadelphia. It is similar in both composition and taste to Ireland's white pudding and Hog's pudding of West Country in England.

Scrapple got its name because it is composed of "scraps" of pork combined with cornmeal and spices. The mixture is formed into a mostly solid loaf, and then it is sliced and panfried before serving. It is typically eaten for breakfast, topped with syrup or ketchup. Some regions of the United States like New England often mix scrapple in with scrambled eggs. Enjoy National Scrapple Day!
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is Pursuit of Happiness Week

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On this day in History:

1872 - A fire destroyed nearly a thousand buildings in Boston, MA.

1911 - George Claude of Paris, France, applied for a patent on neon advertising signs.

1938 - Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men in an event that became known as Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass."

1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 1922 ruling that major-league baseball did not come within the scope of federal antitrust laws.

1967 - The first issue of Rolling Stone was published in San Francisco. John Lennon was on the cover.

1984 - A bronze statue titled "Three Servicemen," by Frederick Hart, was unveiled at the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "Life is the constant approach of death; therefore, life can only be bliss when death does not seem to be an evil."

--Leo Tolstoy

Monday, November 8, 2010

Today is Monday November 8, 2010
17 Days till Thanksgiving
47 Days till Christmas
54 Days til 2011

National Harvey Wallbanger Day

Legend has it that the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer. While the inventor of the Harvey Wallbanger is not known for sure, it is true that little was known about this drink outside of California until 1970. Its popularity grew nationwide after it began being featured as a cocktail on TWA flights.

The popularity of the Harvey Wallbanger also grew because of a liquor company's marketing campaign. The campaign included an illustrated character, a funky name, and Harvey Wallbanger parties. A sales rep even purchased an airline ticket for the Harvey Wallbanger blow-up character who, just like everyone else, had his own seat, seat belt, meal, and beverage.

So what is a Harvey Wallbanger anyway? Three parts vodka, one part Galliano, and six parts orange juice. Garnish with an orange slice and serve one up for National Harvey Wallbanger Day. Cheers!
Today is also National Cappuccino Day
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month
This week is Pursuit of Happiness Week

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On this day in History:

1793 - The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time.

1887 - Doc Holliday died at the age of 35. The gun fighting dentist died from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in Glenwood Springs, CO.

1933 - The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the U.S.

1942 - During World War II, Operation Torch began as U.S. and British forces landed in French North Africa.

1956 - After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car the "Edsel," after Henry Ford's only son.

1964 - Judy Garland and her daughter, Liza Minnelli appeared together at the London Palladium.

1967 - John Lennon's "How I Won the War" opened in the U.S. It was the first solo movie by a Beatle.

1995 - Michael Jackson and Sony Corp. of America combined forces and created the world's third-largest music publishing company with more than 100,000 titles.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "When you were born, you cried, and the whole world rejoiced. Live such a life that when you die the world will cry and you will rejoice."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Today is Thursday November 4, 2010
21 Days till Thanksgiving
51 Days till Christmas
58 Days til 2011

National Candy Day

There are thousands of different type of candy, all with their unique flavors, taste, and history. For example, did you know that Tootsie Rolls were created by Leo Hirshfield of New York in 1896? He named them after his daughter's nickname, "Tootsie." 
Candy isn't just for kids either! Americans over the age of 18 consume approximately 65 percent of candy produced each year. Candy is also a favorite treat worldwide. Though the average American eats 25 pounds of candy each year, the average person in Denmark eats 36 pounds each year!
Whether you like chocolate candy, gummy candy, or super sweet and sugary candy, celebrate National Candy Day with your favorite types of candies!
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month

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On this day in History:

1880 - James and John Ritty patented the first cash register.

1924 - Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected America's first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.

1967 - "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' was released.

1970 - Former King Peter II of Yugoslavia died in Denver, CO. He was the first European king or queen to die and to be buried in the U.S.

1974 - Elton John released his "Greatest Hits" LP

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to live it more and more."

--Jules Renard

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Today is Wednesday November 3, 2010
22 Days till Thanksgiving
52 Days till Christmas
59 Days til 2011

National Sandwich Day

Today is a celebration of one of America's favorite foods: the sandwich. It is no coincidence that November 3 is also the birthday of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. This 18th-century English noble wanted to eat his meal with one hand during a 24-hour gambling event, so he instructed his servants to serve him his lunch meat between two slices of bread. In celebration of this occasion, November 3 is now celebrated as National Sandwich Day!
What's the most popular sandwich in America? Why, the hamburger, of course! Chicken sandwiches are a close second. Whether you make yours at home or at a restaurant, sandwiches are great because you can make them as healthy or unhealthy as you want! Celebrate National Sandwich Day by enjoying your favorite type of sandwich.
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month

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On this day in History:

1507 - Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.

1839 - The first Opium War between China and Britain erupted.

1903 - Panama proclaimed its independence from Columbia.

1953 - The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly. The rule had not been used since 1939.

1957 - Sun Records released "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis.

1988 - The U2 concert movie "Rattle And Hum" opened.

1997 - John Denver's last recording, "The Unplugged Collection," was released in the UK.

1998 - Minnesota elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that is the stuff life is made of."

--Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Today is Tuesday November 2, 2010
23 Days till Thanksgiving
53 Days till Christmas
60 Days til 2011

National Deviled Egg Day

Did you know that another name for deviled eggs is eggs mimosa? This delectable dish is a favorite tradition in both American and French cultures. Deviled eggs are composed of eggs, mayonnaise, and mustard and can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or a main course.
While deviled eggs originated in ancient Rome, the term "deviled" didn't appear until the 18th century when it was used to describe highly seasoned, fried, or boiled dishes. By the 19th century, the word deviled was used to describe hot seasonings in general. Today, deviled eggs are not always particularly spicy, but they can be with the addition of cayenne pepper or hot mustard.
Deviled eggs are a common holiday or party food, so what better reason to throw a party than National Deviled Egg Day!

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On this day in History:

1783 - U.S. Gen. George Washington gave his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton, NJ.

1920 - The first radio station in the U.S., KDKA of Pittsburgh, PA, began regular broadcasting.

1930 - The DuPont Company announced the first synthetic rubber. It was named DuPrene.

1948 - Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN."

1960 - In London, the novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover," was found not guilty of obscenity.

1962 - The Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" premiered.

1963 - The Beach Boys' "Be True To Your School" was released.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 1, 2010

Today is Monday November 1, 2010
24 Days till Thanksgiving
54 Days till Christmas
61 Days til 2011

All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day is a day of celebration in Western Christianity that honors all saints, known and unknown.
There are various traditions that take place on this day throughout the world. In Spain, the play Don Juan Tenorio is typically performed, while in other European countries, people bring flowers to the graves of deceased relatives. In Mexico, All Saints' Day coincides with Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, which honors deceased children and infants.
Christians have been honoring their saints and martyrs since at least the second century AD. All Saints' Day was named an official holiday in 835 AD by the Roman Catholic Church.
Did you know that All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are know collectively as Hallowtide? Today, we honor and commemorate all of the saints and souls who have died throughout the ages.
Today is also National Deep Fried Clams Day
November is National Pomegranate Month & Peanut Butter Lover's Month

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On this day in History:

1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.

1765 - The Stamp Act went into effect in the American colonies.

1856 - The first photography magazine, "Daguerreian Journal," was published in New York City, NY.

1894 - "Billboard Advertising" was published for the first time. It later became known as "Billboard."

1950 - Charles Cooper became the first black man to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1959 - Jacques Plante (Montreal Canadiens) became the first goalie in the NHL to wear a mask.

1964 - The Dave Clark Five appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1969 - Elvis Presley recorded "Suspicious Minds." The song would be his last hit.

Quote of the Day:
Reflections on Life "Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better."

--John Updike