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National Blueberry Pancake Day!

Today is we celebrate Blueberry Pancakes.  This is observed annually on January 28th.

Blueberry pancakes are not only delicious but also nutritious.  Pancakes are usually served at any time of the day with a variety of toppings or fillings but in America, they are typically considered a breakfast food.  They serve a similar function to waffles.

Pancakes are sometimes referred to as a hotcake, griddlecake, or flapjack but not to be confused with oat bars.  They are often flat, thin and round, prepared from a starch-based batter that may contain eggs, milk, and butter, cooked on a hot surface of a griddle or frying pan.

Pancake’s shape and structure vary worldwide.  In the Philippines where I am from, traditional dessert pancakes include a rice pancake called salukara which is made from glutinous rice, eggs, and coconut milk.  The batter is placed in a clay pot lined with banana leaves or greased with oil, and baked over hot coals. American style pancakes are also commonly offered in fast-food restaurants in the Philippines, and usually for breakfast in a local restaurant name Pancake House which is a restaurant similar to IHOP.

Pancakes are popular breakfast besides egg in the morning.  In a restaurant that serves breakfast usually serves a stack of two or three, topped with real or artificial maple syrup and butter.  The regular pancakes are plain but you can also make them with different flavor fixings like chocolate chips, or different types of berries like blueberries.

So, today, treat yourself with a delicious batch of blueberry pancakes for breakfast, and top with extra blueberries and a dusting of powdered sugar, serve with maple syrup and butter.  Share on social media some photos if you made some for breakfast using #BlueberryPancakeDay.

1986 The space shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger‘s launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa’s family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle broke up in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.

In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the world’s first reusable manned spacecraft, the Enterprise. Five years later, space flights of the shuttle began when Columbia traveled into space on a 54-hour mission. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/challenger-explodes)