X. 1942 Friday: Russian troops, tanks, and artillery assault the German defenders in Stalingrad. As a Christmas gift to his Sixth Army, General Paulus gives permission for his troops to slaughter the remaining 400 pack forces for food seeing as there would be no breakout now. Food rations would be cut later in the week.



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U.S. Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford; U.S. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker; Canned Heat featuring Henry Vestine, Electric Flag featuring Barry Goldberg, Guns ‘n’ Roses featuring Josh Freese, James Brown, the Jimi Hendrix Experience featuring Noel Redding, Love featuring Bryan MacLean, and the Ohio Players featuring Robert Ward:

  1. 001 Monday: According to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguous, Christians celebrate the first Christmas.
  2. 336 Sunday: The first recorded celebration of Christmas on December 25, took place in Rome.
  3. 352 Saturday: Today is the first historical date of the celebration of Christmas by Christians throughout the Roman Empire.
  4. 498 Saturday: French King Clovis baptizes himself.
  5. 795 Saturday: Adrian I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
  6. 800 Saturday: Pope Leo III crowns Charlemagne (Charles the Great) Holy Roman Emperor.
  7. 1066 Tuesday: Nobles crowned William the Conqueror king of England.
  8. 1223 Tuesday: St. Francis of Assisi assembled one of the first Nativity scenes, in Greccio, Italy. 
  9. 1492 Wednesday: Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, docked at present-day Dominican Republic.
  10. 1776 Monday: General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey.
  11. 1818 Thursday: During the Christmas Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Nikolaus at Oberndorf, Austria, the choir performs “Silent Night” (Stille Nacht) for the first time. 
  12. 1831 Saturday: Louisiana and Arkansas are the first two states to declare Christmas to be a holiday.
  13. 1868 Thursday: Despite horrendous protests by members of his administration, President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all persons involved in the Southern Rebellion that resulted in the Civil War.
  14. 1887 Saturday: Conrad Hilton, founder of the hotel chain bearing his name, was born in San Antonio Territory of New Mexico.
  15. 1894 Monday: The University of Chicago became the first Midwestern football team to play on the West Coast by going to Palo Alto, California, and beating Stanford 24-4.
  16. 1896 Thursday: John Philip Sousa finally titled the melody “The Stars and Stripes Forever” on this date. 
  17. 1906 Tuesday: In Fort Scott, Kansas, future 6th U.S. Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford is born.  A Democrat, he would serve under President Lyndon Baines Johnson from 03-01-1968 to 01-20-1969. 
  18. 1914 Friday: Legendary and unofficial Christmas truce between British and German troops takes place during World War I.
  19. 1926 Saturday: Hirohito became emperor of Japan, succeeding his father, Emperor Yoshihito.
  20. 1930 Thursday: The Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, N.Y., opened to the public.  It was the first bobsled track of international specifications to open in the United States.
  21. 1931 Friday: New York’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast an entire live opera over radio for the first time: “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck.  Meanwhile, as radio came to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, Lawrence Tibbett was the featured vocalist in the debut show, “Hansel and Gretel,” heard on the NBC Radio Network.
  22. 1937 Saturday: The NBC Symphony Orchestra, led for the first time by conductor Arturo Toscanini, performed a Christmas concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Brahms.   Meanwhile, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the former 47th U.S. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker died at age 66.  A Democrat, he served under President Woodrow Wilson from 03-09-1916 to 03-04-1921.
  23. 1941 Thursday: During World War II, Japan announced the surrender of the British- Canadian garrison at Hong Kong.  Meanwhile, two of the Japanese aircraft carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor, the Akagi and the Kuru, return to Kure, Japan.   On the Eastern Front, the Red Army continues pushing the Axis troops back from Moscow and are on the way to liberating the cities and towns of Kalinin and Tula.  Still more ground would be regained as for the Red soldiers, it was better to continue moving forward and never backward as if they chose the latter course, Lavrentiy Beria’s NKVD was there to mow them down.
  24. 1942 Friday: Russian troops, tanks, and artillery assault the German defenders in Stalingrad.  As a Christmas gift to his Sixth Army, General Paulus gives permission for his troops to slaughter the remaining 400 pack forces for food seeing as there would be no breakout now.  Food rations would be cut later in the week.  Meanwhile, future keyboardist with the rock band, the Electric Flag[i]—Barry Goldberg—is born on this date.
  25. 1944 Monday: Henry “Sunflower” Vestine, future guitarist for the famed rock-and-blues band, Canned Heat[ii], is born.
  26. 1945 Tuesday: Noel Redding, future bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience[iii], Fat Mattress, Road, Mountain[iv], and the Noel Redding Band was born in Britain on this date.
  27. 1961 Monday: Pope John XXIII formally announced the upcoming convocation of the Second Vatican Council, which opened in October 1962.
  28. 1962 Tuesday: The movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from the Harper Lee novel and starring Gregory Peck, opened in Los Angeles, California.
  29. 1971 Saturday: The longest pro-football game to date finally ended when Garo Yepremian kicked a field goal in the second quarter of sudden death overtime.  The Miami Dolphins defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24.  The total game time was 82 minutes and 40 seconds.
  30. 1972 Monday: An earthquake hit the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on this date, killing more than 10,000 people.  Meanwhile, future drummer with the hard rock band, Guns ‘n’ Roses[v]– Josh Freese- (1997-2000) is born in Orlando, Florida, on this date.
  31. 1973 Tuesday: “The Sting” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as a pair of 1930s grifters underwent release by Universal Pictures. 
  32. 1977 Sunday: Comedian Sir Charles Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88.
  33. 1979 Tuesday: In advance of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, the Red Air Force begins airlifting advance units in Kabul’s airport.
  34. 1987 Friday: Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, member of the horrific Manson Family and in prison for attempting to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford, is recaptured after two days being on the loose after managing to break out of federal prison.
  35. 1988 Sunday: Seven days into their journey, Richard Branson, Steve Fossett, and Per Lindstrand of Sweden gave up their attempt to make the first nonstop around-the-world balloon flight.  They ditched near Hawaii.
  36. 1989 Monday: Ousted Romanian President Nicolai Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising.  Elsewhere, former baseball player and manager Billy Martin died in a truck crash in Fenton, New York.  Finally, dissident playwright Vaclav Havel won election as the next president of Czechoslovakia.
  37. 1990 Tuesday: The World Wide Web, the system providing quick access to websites over the Internet, was born in Geneva, Switzerland, as computer scientists Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Caillou created the world’s first hyperlinked webpage.
  38. 1991 Wednesday: Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.
  39. 1995 Monday: Singer Dean Martin died at his Beverly Hills home at age 78.
  40. 1997 Thursday: For the first time in Hollywood history, movie receipts pass $6 billion for the first time.
  41. 1998 Friday: Brian MacLean—former guitarist/vocalist with the Los Angeles rock band, Love[vi]—died from a heart attack on this date while dining at an L.A. restaurant.
  42. 1999 Saturday: Space shuttle Discovery’s astronauts finished their repair job on the Hubble Space Telescope and released it back into orbit.
  43. 2003 Thursday: Mudslides killed 16 people as they swept over campgrounds in California’s San Bernardino Valley.  Meanwhile, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf survived a second assassination bid in 11 days, but 17 other people were killed.
  44. 2006 Monday: James Brown[vii]– the “Godfather of Soul”- died in Atlanta at age 73.
  45. 2008 Thursday: Robert Ward—longtime guitarist/vocalist with the Ohio Players[viii]—died on this date.
  46. 2009 Friday: Passengers aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 foiled an attempt to blow up the plane as it was landing in Detroit by seizing a man who tried to set off explosives in his underwear.
  47. 2012 Tuesday: At St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI delivers the annual Christmas message and holds traditional mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
  48. 2013 Wednesday: To stop the terrorist attacks raging inside their country, the Egyptian army announces that the Muslim Brotherhood is now a ‘terrorist organization’ as it was following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.
  49. 2014 Thursday: Sony Pictures releases the controversial comedy, “The Interview,” in 300 theaters nationwide despite the threats of North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un.  
  50. 2015 Friday: Sea World is falling on challenging times what with the death of an 18-year-old killer whale at a facility in San Antonio, Texas, and a malfunctioning ride called the Sky Tower at its Orlando, Florida, theme park.  Like circuses, people are reevaluating how animals are kept and treated and entities such as Sea World must change with the times or fall by the wayside.
  51. 2016 Sunday:  Pop singer George Michael dies of suspected heart failure; he was 53.  Meanwhile, Pope Francis pleads for ‘world peace’ in a mass at the Vatican.   Meanwhile, ever-embittered Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidential election to Donald Trump this past November gives her year-end remarks to her supporters and does not mention Trump’s name a single time.  Wow.
  52. 2017 Monday:  President Donald J. Trump signs the tax bill, one the left has ginned up many Americans to believe will ONLY benefit the wealthiest of Americans.  They claim he told his friends, ‘you all just got a lot richer,’ but even if this were the case, people with money employ people without money so WTF?  Stop lying about a law that will benefit all Americans.   Meanwhile, a dimwit named Robert Strong of Los Angeles, California, drunk the liberal Kool-Aid, filled a box with horse manure, wrapped it with Christmas paper, slapped a big bow on it, and hand-delivered it to the home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  What a guy.
  53. 2018 Tuesday: President Donald J. Trump warns that the government shutdown over his demand for funds to construct the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico could extend for a ‘long time.’  We need the money so we can protect our country from illegal alien thugs, Speaker Pelosi.  Do the right thing.   Speaking of the government shutdown, we learn that 800,000 federal employees are either on furlough or are working without wages.  What the Democrats won’t tell you is that when government reopens, they will get their back pay.[ix]
  54. 2019 Wednesday: Well-known RINO Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, expresses her concerns over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s coordination with the White House on the upcoming impeachment trial.  Senator- join the Democratic Party and take Susan Collins and Mitt Romney with you.  Please.  Meanwhile, the Intercept reports that 2020 Democratic Party hopeful for the nomination- former Mayor Michael Bloomberg- used prison inmates to make campaign calls on his behalf.  What a POS.   
  55. 2020 Friday: In the early morning hours in Nashville, Tennessee, what appears to be a car bomb explodes in the downtown area.  At least three people suffered injuries and 20 buildings were damaged.  Local authorities are investigating the scene along with agents from both the FBI and the ATF.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress sends the Chinese Virus relief bill to the desk of President Donald J. Trump for his signature.  Meanwhile, Roger Stone, recently pardoned by the president, announces a $25 million lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice.
  56. 2020 Friday A: In California, One America News reports that property values and the tax base is shrinking due to the oppressive lockdowns and restrictions imposed on the state’s citizens.  San Francisco alone, a city where Governor Gavin Newsom was once the mayor, has seen a decline in tax revenues by 43-percent.  Shocking.  Meanwhile, the drive to gather more signatures to recall the Smiler are approaching the halfway point.  We could be free of this POS- Nancy Pelosi’s nephew- as early as March 2021. 
  57. 2020 Friday B: In the state of Georgia, more than one-quarter of all registered voters have already cast their votes in the run-off elections scheduled for the first week of January 2021.  Meanwhile, supporters of President Donald J. Trump are seeking to obtain a permit with which, they can hold a massive rally in Washington, D.C., on January 06, 2021, the day the electors certify the fraudulent 2020 Presidential Election.
  58. 2020 Friday C: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the U.S. will open a consulate in Western Sahara.  This was part of the deal for normalized relations with the Israelis- recognition of Morocco’s possession of the disputed territory.  Currently, there will be a virtual consulate with a brick and mortar facility to follow.  Meanwhile, the secretary blasts reports in the Fake News media that he and his wife, Susan- who recently had a positive COVID-19 test- attender parties before going into quarantine.  Secretary Pompeo said it was a load of hooey.
  59. 2020 Friday D: A federal judge blocks the execution of the only woman on federal death row, Lisa Montgomery.  Elsewhere, fund-raising statistics for the two Democrats seeking the U.S. Senate seats in the Peach State- Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff- two communists- show that each candidate raised $100 million apiece over the past two months.  Just think if that money was put to better use somewhere else- like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital instead of giving it to two Marxist candidates.  Wow. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education opens a probe into ties between the University of Alabama and the lab in Wuhan, China, from whence came the Xi Jinping Bat Flu- WTF? 
  60. 2020 Friday E: As the U.S. housing boom continues, developers have become fearful they may run out of land on which, to build the new communities.  Perhaps if we deported the illegal aliens in the country, we would have more available housing and land for development.  Just saying.  Meanwhile, “Pro-China Joe” and Dr. Jill Biden send Christmas greetings to the American people while the Pope at the Vatican urges every nation with vaccines for the Wuhan Virus Crisis not to forget the poor nations of the world who have no vaccines.  God bless you, Pontiff!   Elsewhere, the Washington Post says Microsoft Cloud customers have been hit hard by the Russian hacks. 
  61. 2020 Friday F: Russia opens a criminal investigation into an ally of Kremlin critic and the man the FSB tried to poison, Alexei Navalny.  Meanwhile, Gordon Chang says there is NO way the Chi-Coms and the U.S. can cooperate in space like the U.S. and Russia does.  We tend to agree.
  62. 2020 Friday G: Speaking of the Chi-Coms, here are the numbers for the Xi Jinping Bat Flu- Pelosi Pox:  Here are the statistics for the planet as a whole: 79,579,540 confirmed cases, +875,106, 1,745,861, confirmed deaths, +15,198, and 44,877,810 confirmed recoveries, +554,709.  Next, here are the stats for the United States, the intended target of the Chinese-engineered Wuhan Virus pandemic: 18,846,059 confirmed cases, up 212,265 from yesterday’s reporting, 332,283 confirmed deaths, UP 2,792, and 8,280,764 confirmed recoveries, UP 47,857.
  63. 2020 Friday H: Next, in the three states in which, the world-famous American Institute of Culinary Politics-the Elemental News of the Day employs chef-bloggers- California, Hawaii, and Washington- here are the stats, California first: 2,047,919 confirmed cases, 23,944 confirmed deaths, and NO MENTION of confirmed recoveries.  Next here are the numbers for Hawaii: 20,749 confirmed cases, 288 confirmed deaths, and NO MENTION of confirmed recoveries.  Finally, here are the stats for leftist-Marxist-socialist hellhole of Washington: 237,269 confirmed cases, 3,268 confirmed deaths, and NO MENTION of confirmed recoveries.  Let us look at one other state: North Carolina where they have a moron for a governor: currently, they have 498,005 confirmed cases, 6,420 confirmed deaths, but NO mention of confirmed recoveries.  Now that Mo has relocated to Israel, let’s look at the statistics there: 389,678 confirmed cases, 3,171 confirmed deaths, and 354,674 confirmed recoveries.
  64. 2020 Friday I: Stick around for today’s NFL game, Thursday Night Football on Friday afternoon: (1) Minnesota Vikings, 33 (6-9) @ New Orleans Saints, 52 (11-4) Christmas Day 1:30 P.M. Here are the numbers for tonight’s Mega-Millions Draw #1619 with a massive jackpot of $352,000,000 up for grabs: 17, 23, 36, 69, 70, and Mega 19.  Out of 113,259 winning tickets, the highest winners were FOUR people who had FOUR plus the Mega for a prize of $7,525 apiece.
  65. 2020 Friday J:  Welcome to Christmas Day readers of the AICPENDBLOG.COM.  We encourage everyone to join us throughout the day as we update current events as well as monitor actions by the Chi-Coms, their foreign allies, and their Democratic putzes in the United States.  You don’t want to miss it. .


This artwork is #0323 a 40” x 60” original oil painting by Beverly Carrick, which, she entitled, “Magic Glow.”  It is among her more beautiful works and is available for sale.  You can see much more of her work at her Website, found at beverlycarrick.com, or at the blog’s Facebook page.  At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, “Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick.”  Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and known around the world for both the beauty and timelessness of her artworks.  Hanging in private and public galleries and followed by many fans encircling the globe—her works instill awe because of her artistic brilliance and personal beauty.  We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work.  It is possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor!  You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY!  Thank you, the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day!

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The next best-of package released by the J. Geils Band, “Flamethrower,” came out on November 09, 1986 and is available only on cassette tape.  This collection features nine classic JGB tunes culled from their later efforts but all classic hard-rocking tunes.  We encourage everyone who is a fan of the band and of the 1970s and 1980s rock music to seek this one out wherever you can find it which in this case is either at Discogs or eBay.  We think you will enjoy it so please, seek it out and get it a great price.  You will be glad you did.

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[i] We look forward to presenting the music of Electric Flag sometime within the next 15-20 years.

[ii] We began promoting the music of Canned Heat on Sunday, 05-June-2011 through Sunday, 17-July-2011.  We hope you will seek them out and add them to your collection.

[iii] We promoted the music of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and of Jimi Hendrix, beginning on Sunday, 22-December-2013 through Thursday, 16-January-2014.  Look for them and add them to your collection.

[iv] We promoted the music of Mountain beginning on Thursday, 13-December-2012 through Sunday, 20-January-2013.  Check them out and enjoy.

[v] Not sure when Guns ‘n’ Roses is coming but we hope we will still be alive and will get around to sharing them with the world. 

[vi] We shared the music of the famed Los Angeles, California, psychedelic rock band, Love, beginning on Wednesday, 24-October-2012 through Friday, 16-November-2012.  We hope you will check them out as they deserve to be heard.

[vii] We look forward to sharing the music of the great James Brown one day with the readership.  Please, remain vigilant for the day we do.

[viii] We look forward to doing the music of this famed funk-rock band.  The Ohio Players are amazing. 

[ix] Here is what the AICPENDBLOG.COM believes- when government is shutdown or a pandemic shuts down everything, EVERY government employee furloughed or deemed non-essential, whether school teachers of members of elective offices should not receive paychecks until everything returns to normal.  WTF should school teachers be sitting home, watching daytime TV, eating bonbons, and drinking booze be paid?  They are NOT working.  You want a f**king paycheck, take your worthless asses back to work.

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Author: Working Chef V. Vicky Mazarotti, ACF CWC, CPC, IACP

My career commenced as a young chef back in the 1970's when I was working at a hotel in San Francisco. I had the opportunity to work in many various parts of the country and worked my way up the culinary ladder to become a top chef. I am both a Certified Working Chef and a Certified Pastry Chef and am a member of the American Culinary Federation, the world's top authority on everything connected to cooking. The picture you see here of me is one that talented Bakersfield, California, up-and-coming street artist, the famed Simone, did of me for the blog. Given how the world now is, we do our best to secure our identities due to increasing left-wing lunacy. I hope you understand.

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