Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28: More Daylight and Blueberry Pancakes

Is your birthday today?

If you were born on January 28th, your birthstone is the deep red 
garnet (though garnets can be found in many other colors than deep red) and you were born under the sign of Aquarius.  Oh, and have a Happy Birthday!

A few more minutes of daylight!

It was sunny yesterday and it seemed as though the sun didn't set forEVER.  Well, that's an exaggeration.  The sun continues to set a bit later every day.  

How many hours of daylight now?

The sun rose this morning at 7:06 a.m. local Chicago time and it will set at 5:00 p.m., one minute later than it set yesterday.  We have two minutes and ten seconds more daylight than we had yesterday.  (Other cities?  Continue below.)

We have 
9 hours, 53 minutes, and 52 seconds of daylight today, so we've added back 45 minutes and 56 seconds of daylight since the Winter Solstice on December 21st. 

Countdown to Daylight Savings Time

Countdown to Daylight Savings Time as of 4 p.m. January 28, 2018. 

One of my friends has been counting down the days until we return to Daylight Savings Time and get back an hour of evening light.  I can't say that I blame her at all.  That will happen on

Sunday, March 11, 2018, meaning we have 42 days of these early evenings until sunset in Chicago, today at 5:00 p.m., jumps to 6:52 p.m.  We will then have 1 hour and about 50 minutes more daylight in total than we have now-- and 2 hours and 36 minutes more daylight than we had on the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2017.

(Did you know that the earliest sunset of the year is NOT on the winter solstice?  In 2017 in Chicago, the earliest sunset of the year happened on December 8th, almost two weeks before the solstice on December 21st!  HERE's an explanation.)

Charleston, South Carolina?  Paris, France?  New York City?  Other Cities?

Paris, France, is farther north than Chicago.  Whereas Chicago has almost 10 hours of sunlight today (9 hours and 54 minutes), Paris only has 9 hours and 15 minutes of sunlight today.  (The sun doesn't rise until 8:26 a.m. Paris time.)

New York City, slightly south of Chicago, has 9 hours and 59 minutes of daylight, about 6 more minutes of daylight than we have in Chicago.  Charleston, South Carolina, where people were astounded earlier in the month by inches of SNOW, is fairly far south.  Charleston has 10 hours and 31 minutes of daylight today, about 37 more minutes of daylight than Chicago.

What about MY city?

You can search for your city HERE at the sunset/sunrise lookup of the TimeAndDate site.

How Many Days Until...

  • Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 14? 17 days    
  • Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 13?  16 days
  • The Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4?  7 days
  • Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 14?  17 days
  • Easter on Sunday, April 1? 63 days
  • St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 17?  48 days

Famous people who were born today

  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Henry Morton Stanley (of Stanley and Livingstone, African explorers, fame.. or infamy)
  • Colette (best known as the author of Gigi, but her other works and her life are fascinating)
  • The twins, August and Jean Piccard, Swiss scientists and explorers  (Recognize the name?  The brother Jean also died on this day on his 79th birthday.) 
  • Artist Jackson Pollard
  • Sculptor Claes Oldenburg
  • Carlos Slim, at one time the world's richest man
  • Many others listed HERE

Famous people who died today

The space shuttle Challenger blew up on this date in 1986, taking seven astronauts, including the first "teacher in space", Christa McAuliffe, to their deaths.  I remember the day very well.  I was working when co-workers came in with the news.  We watched and speculated all day as to what might have happened.  The shock was extreme; we were used to space shots as routine by that time and never expected any kind of tragedy.

Other January 28th deaths listed HERE.

Historical events that occurred on January 28:

  • 1547 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as King of England.
  • 1754 Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word "serendipity".
  • 1813: Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice anonymously.
  • 1820: Continent of Antarctica is discovered.
  • 1958:  Lego brick is patented.
  • 1973:  Vietnam War cease fire goes into effect.
  • 1986:  Challenger blows up.  (see above)
  • 1990: Romanians take to the street to protest the government of Iliescu.

Anything to Celebrate?

Assuming that you aren't a Jane Austen fan and therefore won't celebrate the publishing of Pride and Prejudice with a Jane Austen party, you may wish to check out the following events from the National Day Calendar.

The National Day Calendar lists many interesting (and some weird) "celebrations" for each day.  For January 28th, they list National Fun At Work Day (since it is Sunday, that "fun at work" may mean that you AREN'T at work and therefore can do something fun!),  Data Privacy Day,  National Kazoo Day (!), and, perhaps most important, National Blueberry Pancake Day!

National Blueberry Pancake Day
Here's a hint:  Add the blueberries either immediately AFTER you've poured the batter onto the hot griddle, or immediately BEFORE you pour the batter onto the hot griddle.  This will prevent your pancakes from turning blue.  And remember that blueberries are really good for you!  Here's a great blueberry pancake recipe from someone named Todd. 
Blueberry Pancakes (and another recipe) found at Culinary Covers

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