National Disc Jockey Day / National Cheese Lovers Day

National Disc Jockey Day

January 20

In 1935, American radio commentator Walter Winchell coined the term “disc jockey” (the combination of disc, referring to disc-shaped phonograph records, and jockey, which is an operator of a machine) to describe radio announcer Martin Block, the first radio announcer to gain widespread fame for playing popular recorded music over the air. Audio and Video Mixers where developed, bringing the MTV world of the 80s and 90s to the world of DJ personality of the 2000s. New technologies concentrated in analog sound brought another high tech digital era, sound mixers made a whole new culture of DJ integration. DJs were more virtual than ever. Mixtapes flooded the online world. DJs began to merge and network with classic DJs. The proliferation of Internet technologies have also created a culture of disc jockey enthusiast groups who proliferated social and mass media groups, however, the DJ culture has kept its underground essence in most metropolitan cities.

National Cheese Lovers Day

January 20

Today is a day to celebrate one of the most loved food products in the world. Some interesting facts about cheese are: Cheese has been around for more than 4,000 years. On average, it takes about 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese. More than one-quarter of all cheese manufactured in the U.S. comes from Wisconsin. Philadelphia cream cheese is named after a village in upstate New York, not the famous Pennsylvania city.  Gouda accounts for over half of the world’s cheese consumption. Cheese experts estimate the total number of different French cheeses is around 1000. Kraft Singles cannot be called cheese because less than 51% of it is actually cheese. Pule cheese is the world’s most expensive cheese and it comes from the milk of Balkan donkeys from Serbia. It’s valued at $600 per pound.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Buzz Aldrin – born in Montclair, New Jersey

George Burns – Comedian & Actor – born in New York City, New York


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