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On Deck for August 16, 2022
Recipe of the Day
Lemon Pound Cake
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 25 minutes
1 pound cake flour (3-1/2 cups)
1 pound butter
1 pound sugar (2 cups)
1 pound eggs (9 large)
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 300°F. Prepare two or three bread loaf pans or one bundt pan and a loaf pan.
Cream butter well, add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy.
Add eggs two at a time, and beat well after each. Add lemon juice and lemon zest.
Add flour gradually and beat until smooth.
Pour mixture into pans. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Let cool slightly, 5-10 minutes, and then invert onto a serving plate.
In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake before serving.
August 15th Celebrated History
Tivoli Gardens opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The amusement park is the second-oldest running amusement park in the world.
Julian Carlton sets fire to Taliesin, the home Frank Lloyd Wright shares with his mistress, Mamah Chaney. Carlton and his wife were working as servants in the home and the blaze killed seven people, including Chaney and two of her children.
The Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans opens to traffic.
A plane crash near Point Barrow Alaska kills aviator Wiley Post and humorist Will Rogers.
The Metro Goldwin Meyer film, The Wizard of Oz, premiers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
The birth of stadium rock begins when The Beatles perform for a crowd of 60,000 at Shea Stadium in New York.
The three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens. The festival hosted 32 acts and an estimated 1/2 million attended the fair.
Astronomer Jerry Ehman discovers a signal from the Big Ear Radio Observatory located in Ohio. The signal earned the name “Wow!” due to the note Ehman wrote on the data log.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now opens in theaters.
The Los Angeles Dodgers retire the number of Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda.
Ryan Lochte swims world record backstroke at the Beijing Olympics
The mammal named olinguito is discovered in the Andes. Related to the raccoon family, it is the first carnivore discovered in the Americas in 35 years.
August 15th Celebrated Birthdays
Napoleon Bonaparte – 1769
The French military leader and emperor rose to power during the early 17th century.
Edith Nesbit – 1858
The poet and children’s author published more than 60 books under the name E. Nesbit.
Florence Harding – 1860
Before becoming the 29th First Lady of the United States, Florence Harding helped run the Marion Star newspaper owned by her husband and future president, Warren Harding.
Edna Ferber – 1885
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright published notable works such as So Big.
Elizabeth Bolden – 1890
When Lizzie Bolden died at the age of 116 years and 118 days, she had lived through 21 U.S. Presidents. At the age of 30, the passage of the 19th Amendment would provide Bolden with her first opportunity to vote in a Presidential election. The supercentenarian was the oldest living person in the world at the time of her death.
Julia Child – 1912
Child revolutionized television with her cooking shows. The chef hosted several cooking shows and published several cookbooks, most notably Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She was also known as “The French Chef.”
Paul Rand – 1914
As a graphic designer, Rand became known for his corporate designs. Many are recognizable today, including logos for UPS, Google and IBM.
Stieg Larsson – 1954
Best known for his crime novels, Larsson’s novels were published after his death. The first book in his Millennium series was Men Who Hate Women. The novel was marketed under the title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when it was published in English.
Debra Messing – 1968
Best known for her role as Grace Adler in the TV sitcom Will & Grace, Messing was nominated nine times for a Golden Globe but has never won. She did, however, win an Emmy in 2003.
Ben Affleck – 1972
Since his breakthrough role in the film Good Will Hunting, Affleck has acted in and produces several films. Films to his credit include Argo, Gone Girl, Pearl Harbor.
Kerri Walsh Jennings – 1978
In 2016, Walsh-Jennings earned her fourth Olympic medal, making her the most decorated beach volleyball Olympian. She won three golds with Misty May-Treanor and one bronze with April Ross.
Carl Edwards – 1979
The retired professional stock car driver, Carl Edwards, was nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020.
Joe Jonas – 1989
The singer/songwriter and actor first gained fame in the music world with the band the Jonas Brothers.
Jennifer Lawrence – 1990
Actress, Jennifer Lawrence, is best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the dystopian series The Hunger Games.
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