National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar

November 23, 2022 - National Espresso Day | National Jukebox Day

November 22, 2022

Welcome to November 23, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate speedy drinks rocking around the clock.

The Italian word espresso means ‘quick in time.’ In the coffee houses and cafes of the late 1800s this simply meant a coffee made expressly for the person ordering it with freshly roasted and ground coffee beans. Then in 1901 it all changed. Luigi Bezzera invented the modern espresso machine which brewed a smaller, more concentrated cup even faster than other methods. With it came an intoxicating layer of creamy foam on the top known as crema. For coffee drinkers this is the holy grail of flavor. It’s the secret behind delicious coffee creations from lattes to cappuccinos. It’s also preferred by bakers for the true coffee flavor it adds to cheesecakes, ice cream and tiramisu. On National Espresso Day, espresso your own love for coffee.

When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in the late 1800s, the machines were far too expensive for most people to own. So businesses opened listening parlors, where people could pay a nickel to listen to a song, hence the name nickelodeons. Each one was equipped with 4 listening horns, which meant you could listen with friends. Eventually, the machines were designed with amplifiers and were able to play multiple records. Jukebox music is still fun today as it gives you an excuse to hang out with friends who are home for the holidays. On National Jukebox Day, drop a few coins in the machine and dance the night away.

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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