On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 20, 2020!

APRIL 20, 2020

Today is:


National Cheddar Fries Day — Take those taters and drown them in cheesy love — whether it be melted shreds or the plastic lava — put cheese on em!

National Look Alike Day — It doesn’t need to be an identical twin!  Today you might be able to find your doppelganger somewhere in the world.

National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day — It’s sweet, it’s sugary, it’s pineapple-y — better yet, it’s upside down!  Load up the baking pan and have a slice!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

HAROLD LLOYD (1893-1971) — American silent film comedian.
TITO PUENTE (1923-2000) — American drummer and songwriter. Best known for his mambo and Latin jazz compositions.
GEORGE TAKEI  (1937) — American actor, author, and activist.  Best known as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek.
ANDY SERKIS (1964) — English actor and director.  Best known  for his action capture roles of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Snoke in Star Wars.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1657 – The freedom to practice their religion openly is given to Jews in New Amsterdam, later New York City.
1898 – President McKinley signs the formal declaration of war from Congress, beginning the Spanish-American War.
1912 – Baseball is played for the first time  at Fenway Park, still home to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox beat the NY Highlanders (now Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings..
1916 – The first National League baseball game is played at Chicago’s Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field).  The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.  The defunct Federal League played there from 1914-15.
1946 – The League of Nations  (formed after WWI) officially dissolves, yielding most of its power to the new United Nations.
1972 – The Apollo 16 lunar module lands on the surface of the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 7, 2020!

APRIL 7, 2020

Today is:


International Beaver Day — Take a few minutes to recognize the importance of our dam building friends!

National Coffee Cake Day — Who wouldn’t like to take a break with this crumb-topped delicacy?

National No Housework Day — I’m not sure this means the boss would be too happy if we slacked today…but e can let the vacuuming slide for now.

World Health Day — Now more than ever take a little time to reflect on your own health and the health of others around the world.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH  (1770-1850) — English Romantic poet
WALTER WINCHELL  (1897-1972) — American journalist and radio personality, known for his celebrity gossip stories.
BILLIE HOLIDAY  (1915-1959) — American jazz singer and actress.  Known as one of the seminal voices of jazz music.
JACKIE CHAN  (1954) — Hong Kong marital artist, actor, & director.   (Police Story, Rush Hour, Drunken Master)  Famously does all his own stunts, including outtakes during film credits.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1788 – Settlers establish an outpost at present day Marietta, Ohio — the first settlement in the Northwest Territory.
1862 – Union Armies of the Ohio and Tennessee defeat the Confederate Army of the Mississippi after two days of fighting at the Battle of Shiloh (TN) , one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War.
1927 – The first long distance television broadcast (between Washington, DC and New York City) is made, showing an image of then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover..
1940Booker T. Washington becomes the first African-American depicted on a US postage stamp.
2001 – The Mars Odyssey spacecraft is launched.  As of posting, it is still active in polar orbit around Mars with enough energy to function until 2025.
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20 Bizarre Foods From Around the World — Infographic

Bizarre World Eats

Some people are adventurous eaters — or they claim to be, but have they tried any of these delicacies from around the world?  From oysters that really aren’t, unique (to say the least) fish preparations, eggs cooked in pee, and just plain bugs, TasteAtlas put together this list of foods that rank up there as some of the most unusual, bizarre, and sometimes plain gross (to a non-local) foods from around the world. [VIA]

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