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Hot-Buttered Rum Day!

Today we celebrate Hot-Buttered Rum Day.  This day is observed annually on January 17th.

Hot-Buttered Rum is a type of drink that is made of warm alcoholic beverage flavored with butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves, mixed into a batter and mixed with dark rum.  This drink is just perfect for the cold weather or any holiday season.

In the United States, the drink has a great deal of respect in history that dates back during the colonial days.  During that time many families had their own individual recipes, and early Americans believed that rum is nutritious and has the quality of strengthening the body.

There are different variations and recipes of Hot Buttered Rum.  Some versions call for vanilla ice cream as a substitute or complement to the butter for added creaminess.  New versions that some believe to be healthier contains organic coconut oil instead of butter.

Hot-Buttered Rum is a classic hot cocktail that will warm the cockles of your heart.  So, today, celebrate this cold weather by whipping up some warm drink made of rum and don’t forget the butter.  Share on social media some photos if you have a special recipe using #HotButteredRumDay.

1966 H-bomb lost in Spain

B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 jet tanker over Spain’s Mediterranean coast, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and one in the sea. It was not the first or last accident involving American nuclear bombs.

As a means of maintaining the first-strike capability during the Cold War, U.S. bombers laden with nuclear weapons circled the earth ceaselessly for decades. In a military operation of this magnitude, it was inevitable that accidents would occur. The Pentagon admits to more than three-dozen accidents in which bombers either crashed or caught fire on the runway, resulting in nuclear contamination from a damaged or destroyed bomb and/or the loss of a nuclear weapon. One of the only “Broken Arrows” to receive widespread publicity occurred on January 17, 1966, when a B-52 bomber crashed into a KC-135 jet tanker over Spain.

The bomber was returning to its North Carolina base following a routine airborne alert mission along the southern route of the Strategic Air Command when it attempted to refuel with a jet tanker. The B-52 collided with the fueling boom of the tanker, ripping the bomber open and igniting the fuel. The KC-135 exploded, killing all four of its crew members, but four members of the seven-man B-52 crew managed to parachute to safety. None of the bombs were armed, but explosive material in two of the bombs that fell to earth exploded upon impact, forming craters and scattering radioactive plutonium over the fields of Palomares. A third bomb landed in a dry riverbed and was recovered relatively intact. The fourth bomb fell into the sea at an unknown location.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/h-bomb-lost-in-spain)