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National Peanut Brittle Day

January 26 is National Peanut Brittle Day!

Peanut brittle was one of the first types of candy ever made. Although the exact origin is unknown, it is widely believed that the Irish would indulge in sugar coated peanuts for dessert. They later added a type of syrup to the mixture, thus making an early version of peanut brittle.

Celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day by heading over to your favorite confections store to pick some up, or learn how to make your own peanut brittle.

Sources: Punchbowl, Squidoo

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Alicia Keys’ Birthday

January 25 is Alicia Keys’ Birthday!

Singer-songwriter and R&B sensation Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook in New York, New York on January 25, 1981. At the age of seven, Alicia began playing piano, an instrument that her mother insisted she pursue. Upon her graduation from the Professional Performing Arts School, Alicia signed with producer Clive Davis at J Records.

In 2001, Keys released her debut album Songs in A Minor, which received rave reviews; the album went platinum five times over and earned her five Grammy Awards. The singer’s smooth mixture of pop, gospel, R&B, and soul has gained her worldwide recognition.

Supplementary to her music career, Keys has directed and acted in multiple films, including: Smokin’ Aces, The Nanny Diaries, and The Secret Life of Bees. In July 2010, Alicia married producer Swizz Beatz, and they welcomed their first child in October 2010. She recently released her 5th studio album, Girl on Fire, and will embark on a North American tour beginning in March.

Happy 32nd Birthday, Alicia!

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography.com

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National Beer Can Appreciation Day

January 24 is National Beer Can Appreciation Day!


National Beer Can Appreciation Day celebrates the first day beer was ever sold in cans in 1935. On that day, The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company canned and sold Krueger’s Finest Beer to the masses. Ever since then, we’ve been able to enjoy ice cold brews in portable and convenient cans.

Celebrate National Beer Can Appreciation Day by having a toast with your buds, making a recipe that involves beer cans as one of its ingredients, or recycling your beer cans in creative ways. Enjoy! 

Sources: Examiner, Greenmon.com

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National Handwriting Day

January 23 is National Handwriting Day!

In the digital age that we live in where almost everything is done electronically, National Handwriting Day asks us to go back to our roots and put pen to paper. The holiday was introduced by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977 in an effort to encourage the use of pens and pencils.

January 23 is also the birth date of John Hancock, who is identified as the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. His flamboyant autograph is so famous, that John Hancock has become synonymous with the word ‘signature’.

Celebrate National Handwriting Day by practicing your own John Hancock or writing out a letter to a friend or family member. Emails and text messages can’t compare with the personal touch of a handwritten note!

Enter Pentel’s National Handwriting Day Contest.

Sources: Altius Directory

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LBJ Dies at 64

Lyndon Baines Johnson (also known as LBJ) was the 36th President of the United States, serving from 1963-1969. He died of a heart attack at his ranch on January 22, 1973 at the age of 64.

LBJ was born in Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908. He began his political career as a representative of the state ofTexasand worked his way up to President of theUnited States. Johnson is one of only four politicians to have served in all four elected federal offices: US Representative, Senator, Vice President, and President.

In the 1960 election, John F. Kennedy selected LBJ as his running mate. When JFK was assassinated in 1963, Johnson assumed the position of President, finishing JFK’s term. He was then reelected as President in 1964.

LBJ is most known for his “Great Society” legislation that supported the civil rights movement, Medicare and Medicaid, environmental protection, and the War on Poverty. He also heightened the presence of American troops in Vietnam, which caused major anti-war protests across the nation.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography.com

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Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 21 is also Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove introduced this day in 2001. Hargrove chose a day in the middle of winter because of the lack of food for squirrels around this time of year.

There are over 280 different types of squirrels, which vary in size, from the 5-inch African Pygmy squirrel to the 3-foot Indian Giant Squirrel. Since the winter months leave squirrels without much to forage, help a squirrel out today by putting out some extra food for them to nibble on. They of course love to eat nuts and assorted seeds as well as various fruits and vegetables.

Sources: Washington Post, Huffington Post

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Inauguration Day

Happy Inauguration Day!

Inauguration Day is when the commencement of a new term of the President of the United States begins, following an oath. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the last president to be sworn in on March 4 in 1933, before the date of inauguration was changed to January 20. Every four years, the President is sworn in to office on January 20, except when that date falls on a Sunday.

If January 20 happens to be a Sunday, there will be a private swearing-in on the 20 and the public ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21. This dates back to President Monroe’s inauguration in 1821, where he decided to hold the ceremony on a Monday because most public offices were closed on Sundays.

Only 6 times in history has Inauguration Day fallen on a Sunday, and January 20, 2013 will be the seventh. Barack Obama will begin his second term as President and be sworn in by the Chief Justice in a private ceremony on Sunday, January 20 then a public ceremony the next day. January 21, 2013 will mark the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Take a look at the Inauguration Luncheon Menu that will be served on Monday, and don’t forget to check out our Barack Obama 2013 calendar!

Sources: Wikipedia, Senate.gov

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48 Hours Premiers

True crime documentary television show 48 Hours premiered for the first time on January 19, 1988. Since then, the series has aired Saturday nights at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central time. The show’s format and name were inspired by a CBS News documentary that aired in 1986 called 48 Hours on Crack Street.
48 Hours looks into shocking real life cases in a two day time span. The show has won multiple awards, including: three Peabody Awards, 18 Emmy Awards, five RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards, and one Alfred DuPont-Columbia Award.

Sources: Wikipedia, CBS

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Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

January 17 is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday!

Benjamin Franklin has a lengthy list of accomplishments, but he is most identified as an inventor, political leader, scientist and writer. Born in 1706, Benjamin Franklin went on to be a Founding Father of the United States, and helped to draft the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution of the United States. Franklin’s position was integral to the shaping of our nation as a whole; he was the voice behind many of the principles we uphold as Americans and was responsible for establishing many of the systems we use today.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with founding many universities and libraries, introducing the post office, shaping America’s foreign policy, publishing newspapers, taking major strides for the science community, as well as inventing the Franklin stove, bifocals, and electricity. He died at his home at the age of 84 in 1790, but his legacy lives on through his many contributions to American society and the world as a whole.

Sources: Biography.com, Wikipedia

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Glen Bell Dies at 86

American entrepreneur and Taco Bell founder, Glen Bell died on January 16, 2010. Bell played an instrumental role in the development of the fast food industry inCalifornia. After opening and selling a variety of food stands and drive-thrus, Bell introduced Taco Bell to the public in 1962. The business became a franchise in 1964, and has since grown intoAmerica’s leading Mexican fast-food chain.

Bell sold his 868 Taco Bell restaurants to PepsiCo in 1978 for $125 Million. The business has expanded to 5,600 restaurants, 350 franchises, and 150,000 employees. Today, we celebrate the life of a man who was an innovator, an entrepreneur, and a family man, Glen Bell.

Sources: Biography.com, Orange County Register

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