National Pie Day / National Handwriting Day

National Pie Day

January 23

According to the American Pie Council, “Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies were sometimes made in “reeds” which were used for the sole purpose of holding the filling and not for eating with the filling. The first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie.  Pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffins” like the crust in England. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but simply designed to hold the filling during baking.”

National Handwriting Day

January 23

National Handwriting Day, held on the birthday of John Hancock the famous signer of the Declaration of Independence, was initiated by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association to highlight the use of pens, pencils and other writing tools. For over 1000 years the quill was a popular writing instrument, with the first being used circa 700 A.D. The first ballpoint pen was invented in 1938 and on average, today’s ballpoint pens can write 45,000 words.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

John Handcock – Statesman – born in Braintree, Massachusetts

Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger – Pilot – born in Denison, Texas


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