1940 – The first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government


Little did Ida May Fuller know she would find a piece of history inside her mailbox when she opened it on a February day in 1940. When the 65-year-old retiree and lifelong Republican lifted the lid of the mailbox outside the front door of her Ludlow, Vermont, house, she found a check for $22.54 from the U.S. government.

That check dated January 31, 1940, was the first payout from the Social Security program that had been enacted five years earlier by the federal government during the Great Depression.

Social Security Checks
A 1935 government poster introducing social security checks.GraphicaArtis/Getty Image

The Social Security program is one of the most enduring legacies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The measure provided for compensation to the unemployed and payments to retirees over the age of 65 who contributed payroll tax deductions during their working years. “The civilization of the past hundred years, with its startling industrial changes, has tended more and more to make life insecure. Young people have come to wonder what would be their lot when they came to old age,” Roosevelt said when he signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935.

A descendant of Mayflower passengers, Fuller was born in 1874 on a farm outside Ludlow. After working as a school teacher for a dozen years, she attended business school and then worked as a legal secretary at a Ludlow law firm for 24 years before her retirement in November 1939.

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On 1/31 ~ The House passes the 13th Amendment

Amendments 13-15 are called the Reconstruction Amendments both because they were the first enacted right after the Civil War and because all addressed questions related to the legal and political status of the African Americans.

On 1/31 in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

When the Civil War began, President Abraham Lincoln’s professed goal was the restoration of the Union. But early in the war, the Union began keeping escaped slaves rather than returning them to their owners, so slavery essentially ended wherever the Union army was victorious.

In September 1862, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in areas that were still in rebellion against the Union. This measure opened the issue of what to do about slavery in border states that had not seceded or in areas that had been captured by the Union before the proclamation.

In 1864, an amendment abolishing slavery passed the U.S. Senate but died in the House as Democrats rallied in the name of states’ rights. The election of 1864 brought Lincoln back to the White House along with significant Republican majorities in both houses, so it appeared the amendment was headed for passage when the new Congress convened in March 1865. Lincoln preferred that the amendment receive bipartisan support–some Democrats indicated support for the measure, but many still resisted.

The amendment passed 119 to 56, seven votes above the necessary two-thirds majority. Several Democrats abstained, but the 13th Amendment was sent to the states for ratification, which came in December 1865. With the passage of the amendment, the institution that had indelibly shaped American history was eradicated

Amendments 13-15 are called the Reconstruction Amendments both because they were the first enacted right after the Civil War and because all addressed questions related to the legal and political status of the African Americans.


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Pennsylvania D’s need to be prepared for the February 7th elections

Georgia State Senate District 11Dean Burke (R)December 30, 2022N/AJanuary 31, 2023
Georgia House District 172Sam Watson (R)December 30, 2022N/AJanuary 31, 2023
Georgia House District 119Danny Rampey (R)January 5, 2023N/AJanuary 31, 2023
Pennsylvania State Senate District 27John Gordner (R)December 12, 2022N/AJanuary 31, 2023
Pennsylvania House District 32Anthony DeLuca (D)December 19, 2022N/AFebruary 7, 2023
Pennsylvania House District 34Summer Lee (D)December 19, 2022N/AFebruary 7, 2023
Pennsylvania House District 35Austin Davis (D)December 19, 2022N/AFebruary 7, 2023
Kentucky State Senate District 19Morgan McGarvey (D)TBAN/AFebruary 21, 2023
New Hampshire House District Strafford 8Donna Ellis (D)N/A[2]N/AFebruary 21, 2023
Connecticut House of Representatives District 6Edwin Vargas (D)January 23, 2023
February 14, 2023 (write-in)
N/AFebruary 28, 2023
Connecticut House of Representatives District 100Quentin Williams (D)January 23, 2023
February 14, 2023 (write-in)
N/AFebruary 28, 2023
Connecticut House of Representatives District 148Dan Fox (D)January 23, 2023
February 14, 2023 (write-in)
N/AFebruary 28, 2023
Tennessee House District 86Barbara Cooper (D)December 15, 2022January 24, 2023March 14, 2023
Georgia House District 75Mike Glanton (D)February 3, 2023N/AMarch 21, 2023
Louisiana House District 93Royce Duplessis (D)January 13, 2023February 18, 2023March 25, 2023
Wisconsin State Senate District 8Alberta Darling (R)January 3, 2023February 21, 2023April 4, 2023
Florida House District 24Joe Harding (R)January 10, 2023March 7, 2023May 16, 2023
Kentucky State Senate District 28Ralph Alvarado (R)TBAN/AMay 16, 2023

USDA January 2023 Safety Alerts Previous Month & last day of prior month updates

** El USDA amplía la elegibilidad y mejora los beneficios de los principales programas por desastre

01/10/2023 01:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON, 10 de enero de 2023 – El Departamento de Agricultura de Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés) realizó actualizaciones a varios programas de asistencia por desastre de conservación, ganadería y cultivos para dar a más agricultores, ganaderos y tribus la oportunidad de solicitar y acceder a programas que apoyan la recuperación después de desastres naturales.


** Daniele International LLC Recalls Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Daniele International LLC, a Mapleville, R.I., establishment, is recalling approximately 52,914 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sausage products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

** On November 2, 2022, Emergent sent customers an Urgent Recall Notification letter about this issue. The company recommended the following actions:

  • Quarantine product from the identified batch (23005060)
  • Hold product—cease distribution or use of the affected batches.
  • Complete the response form and return as soon as possible.
  • Identify and notify any customers who may have received further distribution of this product.

The company also noted that follow up communications will provide additional detail about how to manage product from the impacted batch.

Contact Information

Customers with questions about this recall should contact Emergent’s RSDL Customer Service at 1-888-773-3266 or CustomerService@ebsi.com.

** the FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Recalled Product

  • Product Name: Emergent RSDL (Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion) Kits
  • Product Batch Number: 23005060
  • Distribution Dates: October 4, 2022 to October 14, 2022
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 3,500
  • Date Initiated by Firm: November 24, 2022

Device Use

The RSDL (Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion) kit is an easy-to-open packet containing a sponge soaked with lotion. The RSDL kit is carried by members of the military and is intended to remove and/or neutralize chemical warfare agents and T-2 Toxin from the skin.

Reason for Recall

Emergent is recalling RSDL (Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion) kits from a specific batch after customers noted that some packets were leaking. Product in leaking packets may not perform as effectively as intended. The leak in the package could cause the lotion-bearing sponge to dry out or lose lotion content. This may reduce the effectiveness of the kit. Users also may be unnecessarily exposed to the lotion if the package is leaking.

In a situation of exposure to chemical warfare agents or T-2 toxin requiring immediate decontamination with RSDL, the potential for reduced or absent device effectiveness could make the exposed individual vulnerable to health hazards from the chemical agent exposure. Additionally, unnecessary exposure to the non-opened packets that have been contaminated by the lotion from the leaked packets could result in unintentional prolonged skin, eyes, and mucous membrane exposure to the military personnel as well as unsuspecting handlers of the subject RSDL kits.

Use of the affected kits may lead to serious injury and/or death.

There have been 3 complaints and no reports of injuries or deaths related to this issue.

** Almondy is Initiating a Recall of a Limited Quantity of Almondy Chocolate Cake with Daim 14.1oz

Almondy is initiating a recall of a limited quantity Almondy Chocolate cake with Daim 14.1oz as a metal object has been found in a cake. The products are being recalled as a precautionary measure.

The recall is isolated to Almondy Chocolate cake with Daim 14.1oz, purchased at IKEA stores, with batch code L2140, Best Before Date: NOV.18.2023. These products were only distributed to IKEA stores. Almondy urges consumers who may have purchased the product to either return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund, or to contact Almondy atwww.almondy.com.

** Snack Innovations Inc. of Piscataway, NJ is issuing a voluntary recall on several batches of Drizzilicious branded mini rice cake bites, and drizzled popcorn products with the lot numbers listed below due to an undeclared peanut residue. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The Drizzilicious products listed below were distributed nationwide through retail stores, and online ecommerce sites like Amazon.

Product sizeFlavor Lot CodeBest byUPC
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsBirthday CakeN3-11BHNV355221SEP20234oz – 857900005402
.74oz –
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsBirthday CakeN3-11BHNV346212SEP2023
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsBirthday CakeN3-21BHNV009309OCT2023
Drizzilicious drizzled Popcorn 3.6oz BagsBirthday Cake PopcornN3-11BHNV332228JUL2023857900005525
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsCinnamon SwirlN3-11BHNV356222SEP20234oz – 857900005167
.74oz –
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsCinnamon SwirlN4-11BHNV016316OCT2023
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsCinnamon SwirlN3-11BHNV005305OCT2023
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsCookies & CreamN4-11BHNV018318OCT20234oz -857900005167 .74oz –
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsCookies & CreamN3-11BHNV009309OCT2023
Drizzilicious mini rice cake bites 4oz and/or .74oz BagsSalted CaramelN3-11BHNV008308OCT20234oz – 857900005167
.74oz –
Drizzilicious mini rice cakes 32-ct Variety boxVariety (3-Flavors)N4-11BHNV35629/22/2023853762002993
Drizzilicious mini rice cakes 32-ct Variety boxVariety (3-Flavors)N4-21BHNV35329/19/2023

The products are packaged in Drizzilicious branded pillow bags and/or stand-up zip pouches and must have one of the lot codes listed above printed on the back of the bag.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

This voluntary recall was initiated as of the result of a recall that was initiated by one of our ingredient suppliers. Our supplier notified us that they discovered undeclared peanut residue in one of the sub-ingredients used in the process of making our products.

Consumers who have a peanut allergy should not eat any remaining product and are advised to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you are not allergic to Peanuts the products are safe for consumption. 

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-445-5122 or visit our website at https://www.drizzilicious.com/recall/food-safetyExternal Link Disclaimer

** Fullei Fresh Issues Correction on Alfalfa Sprout Recall Because of Possible Health Risk

MIAMI, FL –Fullei Fresh is voluntarily recalling Alfalfa Sprouts due to the detection of Shiga toxin producing E.coli (STEC.) Shiga toxin producing E.coli is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The illness primarily impacts elderly individuals, children, and people with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill. STEC is a bacterial strain that is not part of our routine microbial testing conducted in compliance with the FDAs Produce Safety Rule Subpart M on every lot we produce. It was detected upon sampling of finished product by the FDA.


** 044-2022Mountain View Packaging, LLC, Recalls Frozen Ready-To-Eat Crispy Chicken with Almonds Entrée Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen (Dec 15, 2022)

** Morasch Meats Inc. Recalls Raw Frozen Diced Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Morasch Meats Inc., a Portland, Ore. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,930 pounds of raw frozen diced beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

** Spectrum Laboratory Products, Inc. Issues Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Epinephrine (L-Adrenaline) USP Bulk Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Due to Discoloration of Product

Spectrum Laboratory Products, Inc. is voluntarily recalling three lots of Epinephrine (L-Adrenaline) USP, a bulk active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used to manufacture or compound prescription products, to the user level. Customer complaints have found the product to be discolored.

Risk Statement: Epinephrine is a critical medication used during life-threatening conditions which can affect any age and any person. The use of a finished dose product manufactured or compounded with this recalled product could result in less-effective product, and incomplete treatment of life-threatening conditions including, low blood pressure, heart failure, anaphylaxis, irregular heartbeat, and heart attack. Treatment with a less-effective product, essentially underdosing epinephrine, could result in death. Spectrum Laboratory Products, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall. Epinephrine (L-Adrenaline) USP bulk API Powder, is used in manufacturing and compounding of finished dose epinephrine prescription products which can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions including anaphylaxis and other severe immediate hypersensitivity reactions, asthma, bronchospasm, airway edema, nasal congestion, dilation during intraocular surgery, vasoconstrictor with local anesthetics, hypotension or shock, heart failure, bradycardia or atrioventricular block, and sudden cardiac arrest.

** East Hartford, Connecticut December 30th, 2022. Garden of Light (dba Bakery On Main is voluntarily recalling one lot of Organic Oat and Honey Granola for possible Tree nut (Almond)contamination. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Product is sold at retailers nationally under the brands:

  • Topco/Full circle Organic Oat & Honey Granola with UPC code of 036800420397
  • SEG stores under the “Naturally Better” Organic Oats & Honey Granola with UPC code of 07880201130.

The product was produced with a “Best Before Date” (BBD) of 10/10/23. The best before date and UPC code can be found on the back of the film package.

No other lot codes or products are impacted by this voluntary recall.

The company manufactured 14,304 pounds of product which was distributed by Total Granola in Topco and SEG retail stores throughout the United States. The product recall was voluntarily initiated after it was discovered that product potentially containing Almonds was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of Almonds. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date.

Customers with product with the 10/10/22 BBD in their possession should dispose of it immediately. If consumers have any questions, they can contact Garden of Light (dba as Bakery On Main) at info@bakeryonmain.com or 860-895-6622. Responses will be provided Monday- Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST.

** Hospira, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall For One Lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride Injection, USP 1.5g/vial, Due To The Presence of Visible Glass Particulates

December 22, 2022 – NEW YORK, NY., Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 1.5 g/vial Single Dose Fliptop Vial, lot 33045BA, to the user level due to two visible glass particulates observed in a single vial. If administered intravenously, patients may experience adverse events such as local irritation or swelling, vasculitis/ phlebitis, antigenic or allergic reactions, and microvascular obstruction, including pulmonary embolism. If administered orally or via a nasogastric tube, there may be the potential for gastrointestinal trauma. The risk is reduced by the possibility of detection, as the label contains a statement directing the healthcare professional to visually inspect the product for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration.

** GFA Production (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Easy Care First Aid Burn Cream and First Aid Kits Due to Microbial Contamination

December 23, 2022 Xiamen, Fujian, GFA Production (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. is voluntarily recalling one lot ofEasy Care first aid AfterBurn Cream, 0.9 g single-use packets. The single use packets are sold in boxes of 10 or packaged in certain First Aid kits. This recall is to the consumer level. FDA analysis found the product to be contaminated withBacillus licheniformis, andBacillus sonorensis.Risk Statement:In immunocompromised patients, the topical use of the contaminated Easy Care AfterBurn Cream 0.9g single-use packets could potentially result in severe or life-threatening adverse events such as bacteremia, sepsis, and peritonitis. In non-immunocompromised patients, the population most likely to use the product, the use of the defective product may result in infectious complications, for instance skin infections, but in this population the infections are expected to be less severe and more readily responsive to treatment. To date, GFA Production (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

** Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Products Containing Micro Greens, Sweet Pea Leaves, and Cat Grass Because of Possible Health Risk

ROCHESTER, NY –Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is issuing a voluntarily recall on its products containing micro greens, sweet pea leaves, and cat grass because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. The affected products were sold at various Wegmans stores in NY, PA, MA, NJ, VA, MD & NC.

^^ 034-2022, Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc. Recalls Various Ready-to-Eat Meat Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination (Sep 24, 2022)

January is Cervical Cancer awareness month

Do you know that cervical cancer is preventable, detectable and treatable? Chirag Shah, M.D., medical director for the gynecological pelvic surgery program at the Swedish Cancer Institute, shares advice for making sure you know how to work with your providers to protect yourself from cervical cancer. And be sure to watch the video about Swedish patient Selena, who is a dedicated advocate in the fight against cervical cancer. Learn more about how to protect yourself from cervical cancer.