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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Alcatraz Prison ~ Cheesy Stuffed Herb Chicken ~ Aaron Maxwell ~ Jackson Follen ~ National Tax Day

 

Good 30º clear morning. 
 
Yesterday we topped at 75º.
 
 
Picture of the Day ... this street is in South Africa
 

 
 
Interesting
 

On  3-21-1963, Alcatraz Prison closed down and transferred out its last prisoners. Alcatraz remains an icon of American prisons for its harsh conditions and record for being inescapable.
 
Alcatraz Island, nickname The Rock, rocky island in San Francisco BayCalifornia, U.S. The island occupies an area of 22 acres and is located 1.5 miles offshore.
 

Here are 5 things you didn't know about Alcatraz...

Al Capone Played Banjo in The Inmate BandThe notorious gangster and mob boss was among the first prisoners to occupy the new Alcatraz federal prison in August 1934. Capone had bribed guards to receive preferential treatment while serving his tax-evasion sentence in Atlanta, but that changed after his transfer to the island prison. The conditions at Alcatraz broke Capone. “It looks like Alcatraz has got me licked,” he reportedly told his warden. In fact, Capone  became so cooperative that he was permitted to play banjo in the Alcatraz prison band, the Rock Islanders, which gave regular Sunday concerts for other inmates.
 
In Spite of His Nickname, The “Birdman of Alcatraz” Had No Birds in The PrisonWhile Robert Stroud was serving a manslaughter sentence for killing a bartender in a brawl, he fatally stabbed a guard at Leavenworth Prison in 1916. After President Woodrow Wilson commuted his death sentence to a life of permanent solitary confinement, Stroud began to study ornithological diseases, wrote and illustrated two books, and raised birds in his Leavenworth cell. He was ordered to give up his birds in 1931, and he was banned from having any avian cellmates during his 17 years inside Alcatraz, which began in 1942. The 1962 movie “Birdman of Alcatraz,” for which Burt Lancaster received an Academy Award nomination just weeks before “The Rock” closed, was largely fictitious.
 
Prisoners Requested to Be Transferred to AlcatrazDespite the harsh conditions of Alcatraz — which were tough even for Al Capone to handle — the prison became an attractive option for prisoners because of the one-inmate-per-cell policy. Such an arrangement made prisoners less susceptible to attacks by other inmates. As such, prisoners from other jails requested to be sent to Alcatraz. Further, the prison was known for serving good food, which prison wardens believed helped cut back on prison riots. Plus, inmates were free to get second helpings. Inmates displaying good behavior had access to privileges including monthly movies and a library with 15,000 books and 75 popular magazine subscriptions.
 
The Odds Of Escaping Alcatraz Were SlimThe location of the prison in San Francisco Bay surrounded by frigid waters made escaping extremely difficult. In fact, it's assumed that anyone who ever tried to escape never made it. They were either killed by prison guards, recaptured, or drowned. However, three inmates were never found after attempting to escape in 1962 by making a raft out of raincoats. That said, it's assumed that they didn't make it to dry land alive, as the chances of making it given the water conditions and the distance from the island to the mainland were slim.
 
Prison Guards Lived on the Island With Their FamiliesConsidering the location of Alcatraz on an island in San Francisco Bay, it would have been difficult for prison guards to commute to and from the prison from the mainland. Instead, they lived on the island, along with their families, in separate housing that used to be Civil War barracks. Families often took weekend boat trips to nearby Marin to stock up on groceries and other essentials. While they were forbidden to make contact with inmates, a few made a spectator sport of watching new arrivals come in wearing shackles.
 
 
 
 
 
From Mr. Food
 

Love stuffed chicken breast recipes? So do we! It's a way to take that boring old chicken dinner and put a creative spin on it. Like our Cheesy Stuffed Herb Chicken! After butterflying the breasts, we stuff them full of cheese and spinach for a flavor-packed dinner the whole family will love!

 

  • 10 butter-flavored crackers
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt for sprinkling
  • Black pepper for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated garlic-herb cheese spread
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 8 slices Muenster cheese

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a resealable plastic bag, crush crackers; add butter, then mix and set aside.
  3. Place chicken breasts on a cutting board and butterfly it. To do so, place your hand on top. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut horizontally three-quarters of the way through each breast, so it opens like a book. Lightly sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.  


  1. Evenly spread 1 tablespoon garlic-herb cheese on one side of each breast. Top the cheese with spinach. Fold over top half of each chicken breast, and place on baking sheet.
  2. Bake 15 minutes, then top each chicken breast with 2 slices Muenster cheese and cracker topping. Bake 10 more minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

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Two special birthdays today....
My step-son Aaron Maxwell is celebrating #52. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARONOSKI!!! xoxo (Aaron with his baby girl Maddie...a couple of years ago)
 

 

Also my grandson Jackson Follen is celebrating being 22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!!! xoxo
 

 
Having a birthday on this date is funny. 415 is a radio code from our LASD for "disturbance"!!! LOL.
 
 
Historically this date.....
1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth.


1892 – The General Electric Company is formed.


1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survived.


1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.


1955 – McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois


1969 – The EC-121 shootdown incidentNorth Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
 


And births this date include....
1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath (d. 1519)
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1933 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995)
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1938 – Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born Italian actress
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1951 – Heloise, American columnist
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Thursday. Ciao
xo Sue Mom Bobo

 
April 15th of each year is National Tax Day. In the United States, the term “tax day” refers to the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. The day may also refer to April 15th for state tax returns.
The Federal income tax filing deadline is midnight on April 15th of every year, with extensions occurring when the 15th lands on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday. In those circumstances, the returns are due the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday.
These dates can differ depending on the residence as well.  Some years, due to extenuating circumstances such as natural disasters, more significant extensions have been granted by the Federal Government.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Complete and file your taxes. Whether you prepare your taxes yourself or have a professional prepare them for you, only a couple of things are certain in life – death, and taxes. Or so Benjamin Franklin once said.

NATIONAL TAX DAY HISTORY

Income tax was first collected in The United States in 1862 to fund the Civil War.  It was deemed unconstitutional due to not being apportioned with conformity across the states. The United States once again enacted income tax with the 16th Amendment in 1913. At that time, the filing deadline was March 1. In 1918 the deadline was changed to March 15, and then in 1955, for the most recent change, the filing deadline was moved to April 15th.  The day has come to be known as Tax Day.