December 22nd is...
First Christmas lights
- The American custom of using electric lights began in 1882 when Edward Johnson an associate of Thomas Edison, hand-wired 80 red, white and blue bulbs and wound them around a rotating evergreen tree.
National Date Nut Bread Day
- honors date nut bread with it's delicious flavors that are perfect for the fall season - Date nut bread is perfect spread with butter and toasted. Serve it for breakfast with a nice hot cup of coffee and your off to a good start celebrating date nut bread day. Or add a drizzle of icing and serve it as a dessert.
First Day of Winter
- In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the winter season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the Winter Solstice.
California Kiwifruit Day
- Not only does today mark the first day of winter, but it is also California Kiwifruit Day and the official start of the California kiwifruit season - a timely arrival for those looking to increase their vitamin C consumption to stave off winter colds.
Thermometer Was Invented
- The first thermometers were called thermoscopes and while several inventors invented a version of the thermoscope at the same time, Italian inventor Santorio Santorio was the first inventor to put a numerical scale on the instrument. Galileo Galilei invented a rudimentary water thermometer in 1593 which, for the first time, allowed temperature variations to be measured. In 1714, Gabriel Fahrenheit invented the first mercury thermometer, the modern thermometer.
First Gorilla Born in Captivity
- “Colo” was born at the Columbus, OH, zoo in 1956, weighing in at 3¼ pounds, the first gorilla born in captivity.