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Sylvester Stallone’s Birthday

American film actor, screenwriter, and director Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in New York, New York. His big break came in 1976 when he wrote and starred in the now iconic boxing movie, Rocky. The film was such a success, it received ten Oscar nods and Stallone walked away with Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Film Editing.

Sylvester Stallone’s portrayal of Rocky Balboa, as well as John Rambo in First Blood, caused him to become one of the most popular Hollywood action film stars ever. He continues to write, act in, and direct movies, mostly within the action genre.

Happy Birthday Sylvester Stallone!

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Frida Kahlo’s Birthday

I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

- Frida Kahlo, quoted in Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion by Andrea Kettenmann

July 6, 2012 celebrates Frida Kahlo’s 105th birthday. Though her paintings display the fantasy and dream-like quality of surrealism, Khalo, a Mexican painter well known for her self-portraits, never considered herself a surrealist, asserting that she didn’t paint her dreams but her reality. Khalo’s work reflects the physical and psychological pain she endured through out her life – from the 32 surgeries, long periods of isolation and recovery, miscarriages, and lifetime of pain that resulted from a traffic accident in 1925 to her volatile marriage to Mexican artist Diego Rivera. In a biography of Kahlo published in Oxford University Press’s Grove Art Online, Hayden Herrera described Khalo’s self-portraits as “a kind of exorcism by which she projected her anguish on to another Frida, in order to separate herself from pain and at the same time confirm her hold on reality.”

Though undoubtedly unwanted, Kahlo’s suffering led to beautiful works of art, literally – Khalo began her painting career while immobilized and isolated for three months after her accident. Constantly examining herself through her self-portraits, Khalo was not afraid of being vulnerable and openly displaying her physical and emotional wounds. Khalo’s personal subject matter combined with bright colors, surreal and primitive style, and the influence of Mexican culture resulted in close to 200 striking and powerful paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits.

Frida Kahlo’s 2013 calendars are for sale at Calendars.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, Modern Museum of Art, The Guardian

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National Fried Chicken Day

July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day!

We all know that fried chicken isn’t the healthiest food, but everyone gets a free pass to indulge in its crispy, juicy goodness on National Fried Chicken Day.  Tonight, serve your family the traditional American meal of fried chicken, complete with your choice of rice, corn, biscuits, mashed potatoes,  coleslaw, green beans or potato salad.

New to frying? Learn how to make the perfect fried chickenHome-Made-Fried-Chicken-Wings-2008 – tender and juicy on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside – at Allrecipes.com. Once you’re a master fryer, try out one of these fried chicken recipes:

Southern Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Tenders

Chicken Fried Chicken

Japanese-Style Deep Fried Chicken

Did You Know…fried chicken originated in Europe? The idea of fried chicken came from Scottish immigrants, who deep-fried chicken in fat. However, African slaves who worked as cooks enhanced the flavor of the Scots’ deep-fried chicken with seasonings and spices, creating the southern-style fried chicken that remains a staple meal in America, particularly in the south.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, theultimateholidaysite.com, wikipedia.com
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