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    Starting new thread for 2014. Originally penned by Dee. Joan has continued with this when has
    extra time to spare. Thought it was a good topic to bring into the new year!

    All taken from Associated Press.

    Today is Thursday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2014. There are 363 days left in the year!
    Today’s Highlights in History:
    On Jan. 2, 1974, President Richard Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 miles an hour as a way of conserving gasoline in the face of an OPEC oil embargo. (The 55 mph limit was effectively phased out in 1987; federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.) “Singing cowboy” star Tex Ritter died in Nashville at age 68.

    On this date:

    In 1492, Muhammad XII, the sultan of Granada, the last Arab stronghold in Spain, surrendered to Spanish forces.

    In 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

    In 1893, the U.S. Postal Service issued its first commemorative stamp to honor the World’s Columbian Expedition and the quadricentennial of Christopher Columbus’ voyage.

    In 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the “Open Door Policy” to facilitate trade with China.

    In 1921, the play that coined the term “robot,” ”R.U.R.” (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek, was first performed in Czechoslovakia.

    In 1935, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and executed.)

    In 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.

    In 1959, the Soviet Union launched its space probe Luna 1, the first manmade object to fly past the moon, its apparent intended target.

    In 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts launched his successful bid for the presidency.

    In 1971, 66 people were killed in a pileup of spectators leaving a soccer match at Ibrox (EYE’-brox) Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.

    In 1981, police in Sheffield, England, arrested Peter Sutcliffe, who confessed to being the “Yorkshire Ripper,” the serial killer of 13 women.

    In 2006, 12 miners died in a methane gas explosion at the Sago (SAY’-goh) Mine in West Virginia, but one miner, Randal McCloy Jr., was eventually rescued.

    Ten years ago: Insurgents shot down a U.S. helicopter west of Baghdad, killing one soldier. British flights to Washington and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were canceled as a security precaution. The NASA spacecraft Stardust flew through the halo of the distant comet Wild 2.

    Five years ago: President George W. Bush branded Hamas rocket attacks on Israel an “act of terror” and outlined his own condition for a cease-fire in Gaza. President-elect Barack Obama and his family arrived in Chicago after a holiday vacation in Hawaii. AirTran Airways apologized to nine Muslims kicked off a New Year’s Day flight to Florida. Actor John Travolta’s 16-year-old son, Jett, died at the family’s vacation home in the Bahamas. Peyton Manning won a record-tying third Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. No. 7 Utah finished a perfect season with a 31-17 upset of No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

    One year ago: The United Nations gave a grim new count of the human cost of Syria’s civil war, saying the death toll had exceeded 60,000 in 21 months. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left a New York hospital, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head. No. 22 Louisville toppled No. 4 Florida, 33-23, in the Sugar Bowl.

    Today’s Birthdays: Country musician Harold Bradley is 88. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is 72. TV host Jack Hanna is 67. Actress Wendy Phillips is 62. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 53. Movie director Todd Haynes is 53. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher David Cone is 51. Actress Tia Carrere is 47. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 46. Model Christy Turlington is 45. Actor Taye Diggs is 43. Rock musician Scott Underwood (Train) is 43. Rock singer Doug Robb (Hoobastank) is 39. Actor Dax Shepard is 39. Actress Paz Vega is 38. Country musician Chris Hartman is 36. Ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff (TV: “Dancing with the Stars”) is 36. Rock musician Jerry DePizzo Jr. (O.A.R.) is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 33. Actress Kate Bosworth is 31. Actor Peter Gadiot (TV: “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”) is 29. Jazz singer-musician Trombone Shorty is 28.

    Thought for Today: “It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, American author.



    Adding a couple more links to add to the fun this year!

    Food for this month:


    Holidays for January:



    Taken from the Daily Nibble:

    A whole new year of food holidays means more than 365 days of different food festivities. Each month has foods with entire dedicating feasting months, plus foods with special feasting weeks.
    •Bread Machine Baking Month
    •National Candy Month
    •National Egg Month
    •National Hot Tea Month
    •National Meat Month
    •National Oatmeal Month
    •National Soup Month
    •National Wheat Bread Month
    •Prune Breakfast Month
    Other exciting events: National Pizza Week the second week of the month, National Meat Week the fourth week, and National Irish Coffee Week, also the fourth week. And, if you didn’t have enough pale gold Champagne on December 31, start the New Year with something bright and colorful:
    •January 1: Bloody Mary Day
    •January 1: Apple Gifting Day
    •January 2: National Cream Puff Day
    •January 3: Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day
    •January 4: National Spaghetti Day
    •January 5: National Whipped Cream Day
    •January 6: Bean Day
    •January 6: Epiphany (make an Epiphany cake)
    •January 6: National Shortbread Day
    •January 7: National Tempura Day
    •January 8: English Toffee Day
    •January 9: National Apricot Day
    •January 10: Bittersweet Chocolate Day
    •January 11: Milk Day
    •January 11: Hot Toddy Day



    Great thread, JK – thank you for starting it! Dee has so many resources and she was good at keeping us all informed of, well, everything! But I will do my best to get the day’s history lesson posted and I do enjoy doing it.



    So much info JK – hope there isn’t a pop quiz LOL!

    Now if I combine National Oatmeal Month with Prune Breakfast Month I’ll be doing myself a great service ;-). Apple Gifting Day, would an apple shaped snowball count? And don’t think I can hold out until the 11th for my virtual Hot Toddy.

    BTW, never properly thanked you last yr for these lists. “Cause when I mentioned to a friend that it was “National Roof Over Your Head Day”, well it made us all just stop and think for a moment about things we don’t usually consider.



    Sounds like a plan Joan, thanks!

    Woo Hoo, it’s Cream Puff Day…Yummers:

    Cream Puff with strawberries

    Enjoy virtual treat as we continue with day 2 of 2014!



    I’ve been to Granada, the Alhambra is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. There is a place there, which is called “El ultimo suspiro del Moro – The moore’s last sigh”. It is named so to describe the moment when he loudly sighed while looking back and longing for his Granada palaces, and in particular the Alhambra, an act which moved his mother to whip him with the famous “Now you weep like a woman over what you could not defend as a man.”


    that doesnt look like enough….x 10 that creampuff serving and im gud.



    All info taken from:

    January 3: Chocolate Filled Cherry Day, Fruit Cake Toss Day, Sleep Day

    Jan. 3, 2014
    chocolate filled cherry drinkie poo

    Chocolate filled cherry day!
    Do we really need to eat these small cherries, surrounded by chocolate, filled with some sort of thick syrup, on January 3rd? No. I have a better idea. The three kings are still following the bright star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child (it does not matter if you believe this or not—just stay with me.) They won’t arrive until January 6th. Let’s toast them on their travels (it is the right thing to do) with a chocolate-covered cherry martini! I will show you how to make one.

    2 Ounces Chocolate Vodka
    1 Ounce Cherry Liqueur
    1/2 Ounce Cherry Syrup
    1/2 Ounce Creme de Cacao
    1 Ounce Half and Half
    1 Ounce Milk chocolate, melted (garnish)
    1 Tablespoon Milk or half and half (garnish)
    3 Whole Maraschino Cherries (garnish)


    To make chocolate covered cherries, melt milk chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave until it’s just melted.

    Pour chocolate over cherries, coating them well. Let them cool or stick them in the freezer for a few minutes to harden.

    Add ice and water to a large martini glass to chill it.

    In a cocktail shaker, mix together all other ingredients with ice.

    It’s also Fruitcake Toss Day/LOL:
    ?~ Fruit Cake Toss Day:

    Fruitcake toss day!
    For those of you who are still holding on to that fruitcake from National Fruitcake Day (12/27), you are now officially permitted to toss it, according to fruitcake etiquette. Just watch out where you pitch that thing; they have been known to do some damage.



    Year of the Horse fun with MUTTS

    LOL/year of Horse fun continues wit Mutts funnies!


    im with u! lovin da cherries….mmmm 3 wise men…3 cute arabs…im still with u lol




    Teddy RooseveltQuote of the Day
    The 26th president died on this date in 1919.
    “The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” — Theodore Roosevelt



    All taken from:

    Today January 7, 2014:
    Today’s Quote: If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it. ~ George Burns

    It’s Tempura Day:

    Old Rock Day, Tempura Day, Coldest Places


    Today in History, Jan. 7, 2014
    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)Published: January 7, 2014

    Today is Tuesday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2014. There are 358 days left in the year.

    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On Jan. 7, 1789, America held its first presidential election as voters chose electors who, a month later, selected George Washington to be the nation’s first chief executive.

    On this date:

    In 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter’s moons.

    In 1927, commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.

    In 1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began during World War II.

    In 1949, George C. Marshall resigned as U.S. Secretary of State; President Harry S. Truman chose Dean Acheson to succeed him.

    In 1953, President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union message to Congress that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.

    In 1973, sniper Mark Essex laid siege at a Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge in downtown New Orleans for about 10 hours, killing seven people before being slain by police sharpshooters.

    In 1979, Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government.

    In 1989, Emperor Hirohito of Japan died in Tokyo at age 87; he was succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Akihito.

    In 1999, for the second time in history, an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. President Bill Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; he was acquitted.

    Today’s Birthdays: Author William Peter Blatty is 86. Pop musician Paul Revere is 76. Magazine publisher Jann Wenner is 68. Singer Kenny Loggins is 66. Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman is 65. Actor David Caruso is 58. Talk show host Katie Couric is 57. Country singer David Lee Murphy is 55. Rock musician Kathy Valentine is 55. Actor David Marciano is 54. Actor Nicolas Cage is 50. Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) is 49. Actor Doug E. Doug is 44. Actor Kevin Rahm is 43. Actor Jeremy Renner is 43. Country singer-musician John Rich is 40. Actor Dustin Diamond is 37. Actress Lauren Cohan is 32. Actress Lyndsy Fonseca is 27.


    mmmmm tempura yummmm


    ahhh teddy is keepin it rather fuzzy i see :p



    I must remember to read this thread more often this year. Only 1 week in and at 2 pages already. This is going to be an interesting thread.



    Hi MS, happy you are enjoying this thread!
    Today is January 8th!
    •January 8: English Toffee DayEnglish Toffee



    8th day of 2014 with 357 to follow.
    Holidays for Today:
    *Bubble Bath Day
    *Male Watcher’s Day/LOL
    *English Toffee Day/Yum
    *National Bath Safety Month – See more at:
    Today’s wit from Milton Berle:
    If opportunity knocks than build a door!

    Another Link to help us celebrate thru this year of 2014:
    cat Bubble Bath/LOL
    January 8 – Bubble Bath Day
    Ladies, take some time to pamper yourself and enjoy this day 🙂 Here is a site with a few great tips to make your bubble bath the best possible.



    *gets bubble bath ready*

    Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2014. There are 357 days left in the year.

    Highlight in History

    On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union address, declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.”

    On this date

    In 1790, President George Washington delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress in New York.

    In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans — the closing engagement of the War of 1812.

    In 1912, the African National Congress was founded in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

    In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.

    In 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.

    In 1959, Charles de Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France’s Fifth Republic.

    In 1973, the Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed.

    In 1982, American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.

    In 1989, 47 people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126 people crashed in central England.

    In 1994, Tonya Harding won the ladies’ U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of the clubbing attack that had injured her right knee. (The U.S. Figure Skating Association later stripped Harding of the title.)

    In 2003, a commuter plane crashed after takeoff from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, killing all 21 people on board. A Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people (five passengers survived).

    In 2011, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson; six other people were killed, 12 others also injured. (Gunman Jared Lee Loughner (LAWF’-nur) was sentenced in Nov. 2012 to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after pleading guilty to 19 federal charges in the case.)

    Ten years ago

    A U.S. Black Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, killing all nine soldiers aboard. Libya agreed to compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.

    Five years ago

    President-elect Barack Obama urged lawmakers to work with him “day and night, on weekends if necessary” to approve the largest taxpayer-funded stimulus ever. Obama named Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine the next Democratic National Committee chairman. The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza by a 14-0 vote, with the United States abstaining. No. 1 Florida beat No. 2 Oklahoma 24-14 for the BCS national title. Cornelia Wallace, former wife of Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died in Sebring, Fla. at age 69.

    One year ago

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence as her Arizona hometown paused to mark the second anniversary of the deadly shooting rampage.



    Today’s celebrity birthdays, January 8:

    Actor-comedian Larry Storch (“F Troop”), 91

    David Bowie, 67

    Actor Ron Moody, 90

    “Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood, 81

    Singer Shirley Bassey, 77

    Game-show host Bob Eubanks (“The Newlywed Game”), 76

    Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane, 74

    Singer Anthony Gourdine of Little Anthony and the Imperials, 73

    Actress Yvette Mimieux, 72

    Guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors, 68

    Actress Michelle Forbes (“True Blood,” “Homicide,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), 49

    Singer R. Kelly, 46

    Bassist Jeff Abercrombie of Fuel, 45

    Reggae singer Sean Paul, 41

    Singer Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, 38

    Actress Gaby Hoffman (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “Field of Dreams”), 32

    Guitarist Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo of Gym Class Heroes, 31

    – See more at:



    Today is the anniversary of hubby’s dad’s b-day. Ironically, us ‘kids’ are getting together later to discuss a surprise b-day party for their mom. 🙂



    Wow, Gabby Giffords is planning to sky dive in honor of 3rd anniversary survival celebration.
    Will be celebrated on Thurs. Today Show!
    Taken from article:
    “I had planned to spend my 40s continuing my public service and starting a family. I thought that by fighting for the people I cared about and loving those close to me, I could leave the world a better place. And that would be enough,” she wrote. “Instead, I’ve spent the past three years learning how to talk again, how to walk again.”
    Still, Giffords says she will not give up.
    “We’re not daunted. We know that the gun lobby, which makes money by preventing sensible change, relies on dramatic disappointments to wound us, reduce our power, push us back on our heels,” Giffords wrote. “Our fight is a lot more like my rehab. Every day, we must wake up resolved and determined.”

    From The Detroit News:

    Sssh, woo hoo on b’day party fun Joan!



    Hey everyone,

    Isn’t every day *Male Watcher’s Day??? Depending on the Males and the venue that is. ROTFL. 🙂



    Ha ha KJ! Hey Joan, luved F troop, thanks for link!

    January 9, 2014
    “Appreciate every little beautiful moment in every day of your life. Give it a try and you’ll see the world from another perspective.” ? Thea Kristine May
    TODAY – JANUARY 9th – THURSDAY 9th day of 2014 with 356 to follow.
    Holidays for Today:
    *National Apricot Day
    apricot almond cake
    Yummers with recipe:
    *Play God Day
    *National Oatmeal Month –
    See more at:
    Per Amy/Mollycat it’s also:
    Happy Dance Day…Enjoy!
    Happy Dance Day



    *Making sure I do the happy dance. Keep on saying, “I believe in myself.”*

    Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2014. There are 356 days left in the year.

    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On Jan. 9, 1914, the County of Los Angeles opened the country’s first public defender’s office, headed by Walton J. Wood.

    On this date:

    In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

    In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.

    In 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union, the same day the Star of the West, a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements and supplies to Federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., retreated because of artillery fire.

    In 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, Calif.

    In 1914, the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

    In 1931, Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper broke an endurance record for female aviators as they returned to Mines Field in Los Angeles after flying a Curtiss Robin monoplane continuously for 122 hours and 50 minutes.

    In 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.

    In 1951, the United Nations headquarters in New York officially opened.

    In 1964, anti-U.S. rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and four U.S. soldiers.

    In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported autobiography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.

    In 1987, the White House released a Jan. 1986 memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.

    In 1997, a Comair commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all 29 people on board.

    Ten years ago: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the nation’s threat level had been lowered from orange (“high”) to yellow (“elevated”). Officials said Pentagon lawyers determined that former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein had been a prisoner of war since his capture. An Ohio woman who’d claimed to have lost a lottery ticket worth $162 million was charged with filing a false police report. (Elecia Battle was later convicted of the misdemeanor and put on one year’s probation.)

    Five years ago: The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich), who defiantly insisted again that he had committed no crime. (The Illinois Senate unanimously voted to remove Blagojevich from office 20 days later.) President-elect Barack Obama announced he had picked retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be the national intelligence director and Leon Panetta to head the CIA. A Saudi supertanker, the Sirius Star, and its crew of 25 were released at the end of a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden after pirates were reportedly paid $3 million in ransom. (Five pirates were said to have drowned with their share of the money when their boat overturned.)

    One year ago: Vice President Joe Biden heard personal stories of gun violence from representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations at the White House as he undertook to draft the Obama administration’s response to the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The Seastreak Wall Street, a commuter ferry, made a hard landing into a Manhattan pier, injuring 85 people. No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; for the second time in four decades, baseball writers failed to give any player the 75 percent required for induction to Cooperstown.

    Today’s Birthdays: Author Judith Krantz is 86. Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 80. Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 79. Actress K. Callan is 78. Folk singer Joan Baez is 73. Rockabilly singer Roy Head is 73. Rock musician Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is 70. Singer David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) is 64. Singer Crystal Gayle is 63. Actor J.K. Simmons is 59. Actress Imelda Staunton is 58. Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberto Menchu is 55. Rock musician Eric Erlandson is 51. Actress Joely Richardson is 49. Rock musician Carl Bell (Fuel) is 47. Rock singer Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) is 47. Rock singer-musician Dave Matthews is 47. Actress-director Joey Lauren Adams is 46. Roots singer-songwriter Hayes Carll is 38. Singer A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) is 36. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is 32. Pop-rock musician Drew Brown (OneRepublic) is 30. Rock-soul singer Paolo Nutini is 27. Actress Nina Dobrev is 25. Actor Tyree Brown is 10.

    Thought for Today: “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” — Agnes de Mille, American dancer-choreographer (1905-1993).

    (Above Advance for Use Thursday, Jan. 9)

    Copyright 2014, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.



    Sending purrs your way Joan as cheer up with…Ellies/the other purring creatureEllies on Parade
    Ellies on parade as pm cheery fun.
    BTW thanks for the AdeMille Quote with history lesson of the day!



    Wow, I’ve never seen ellies like that, how cool! Along the east coast there are various painted horses, very prevalent down in the outer banks of North Carolina, but there is one right here in the valley in NJ.



    TGIF as -1-10-14
    Check today’s link
    It’s Bittersweet Chocolate Day!
    bittersweet chocolate brownies

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