National Glazed Doughnut Day / National Pharmacist Day

National Glazed Doughnut Day

January 12

The origin of the name “doughnut” is unclear. Some researchers suggest the name refers to the nuts that were placed inside the ball of dough to compensate for the uncooked center. Other researchers claim it refers to “dough knots,” which was the shape for early doughnuts. The origin of the doughnut is unknown, though different nationalities have had their own version of the treat throughout history. A type of doughnut is even mentioned in the Bible. Specifically, Chapter 7 and verse 12 of Leviticus says that a thanksgiving to God should be made of “cakes” mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried. Over 10 billion doughnuts are made in the U.S. each year.

National Pharmacist Day

January 12

After the Durham-Humphrey Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938, pharmacists require a physician’s prescription to dispense most of the medications. Until then, they were able to dispense all drugs except narcotics (products such as opium and its derivatives codeine, morphine, and heroin). The popular carbonated soft drink Coca-Cola was actually a patented medication which was invented in the late 19th century by a pharmacist, John Pemberton, and originally contained traces of cocaine, which was legal to use in small doses. The first licensed pharmacist set up shop in the French Quarter. Louis Dufilho Jr. of New Orleans became American’s first licensed pharmacist in the early 1800s. Prior to then, you did not need a license to become a pharmacist. January 11th is set aside to recognize the large part pharmacists play in our lives.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Rush Limbaugh – Radio Personality – 68 – born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Howard Stern – Radio Personality – 65 – born in New York City, New York

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