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On Deck for August 19, 2022
Recipe of the Day
Coffee Ice Cream
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Freeze Time: 4-6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
1 teaspoon vanilla or another extract of your choice
1/3 cup sugar
Pour the whipping cream into a medium-sized bowl and gently stir in the coffee powder and extract.
Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the coffee powder.
Whip the cream with a mixer or by hand adding the sugar when soft peaks begin to form. Beat till stiff.
Spoon into 4-6 dixie-sized cups (2 1/2 inches in diameter) or individual serving dishes.
Freeze for 4 to 6 hours.
Recipe Credit: Roberta Allen
August 18th Celebrated History
While observing a solar eclipse, French astronomer, Pierre Janssen, discovers helium. On the periodic table, the new element received the symbol He.
Aaron Montgomery Ward produces a mail-order catalog that would launch a growing era of mail-order publications that would last more than 100 years.
With ratification from Tennesse, the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote became law.
The first weather map transmitted by telecast is broadcast for the use of sailing vessels. Invented by Charles Francis Jenkins, the invention provided up-to-date weather details to ship captains.
Henry Bosenberg receives the first horticulture patent for a rose plant. His climbing or trailing rose still grows today, though, the patent has long expired.
Replacing an absent Labor Secretary, Assistant Secretary of Labor, James P. Mitchell became the first black person to attend a Cabinet meeting. The event took place under President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration.
Publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons publishes the first American edition of Lolita, a controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov.
The birth control pill known as Enovid goes on sale. The FDA approved the progesterone based contraceptive earlier that same year.
Just days after The Beatles release drummer Pete Best, they replace him with Ringo Starr.
In a game that was scoreless through the 19th inning, the Dodgers beat the Cubs after 21 innings in the longest game in Wrigley Field history.
In an Olympic sweep, Americans take gold, silver, and bronze in the 400-meter hurdles at the Beijing.
A research team led by Paul Allen discovers the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean’s surface. Seventy-two years before, a Japanese submarine sunk the Naval cruiser toward the end of World War II.
August 18th Celebrated Birthdays
Virginia Dare – 1587
Just days after landing at Roanoke Island, Virginia, Eleanor Dare gives birth to the first English child born in the Americas. She and her husband, Ananias, name the baby girl Virginia.
Meriwether Lewis – 1774
The explorer became known for his Corps of Discovery Expedition which traced the lands west of the Mississippi after the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase. Along with William Clark and their crew, the explore would reach the Pacific Ocean by way of Missouri, Yellowstone, and Columbia Rivers
Marshall Field – 1834
The American entrepreneur founded Marshall Field and Company. The department store would later become a chain known as Marshall Field’s.
Carl Rungius – 1869
The German-born artist is best known for his North American wildlife paintings.
Lucy Ozarin – 1914
A psychiatrist, Lucy Ozarin resigned her position at Gowanda State Hospital to enlist in the U.S. Navy. She became one of the first psychiatrists in the Navy.
Shelley Winters – 1920
The Academy Award-winning actress appeared in over 160 films and television shows. Some of her most noted roles included Charlotte Haze in Lolita and Mrs. Petronella Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank.
Rosalynn Smith Carter – 1927
As the 41st First Lady of the United States, Carter continued her role as an advocate for numerous causes including art and mental health.
Roman Polanski – 1933
The director, writer and actor is known for the films Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist, and Frantic.
Roberto Clemente – 1934
The baseball Hall of Famer was known for his speed and powerful right arm. Clemente played 17 years for the Pittsburgh Pirates until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1972.
Robert Redford – 1936
Actor, director, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, Redford starred in numerous films including The Way We Were, Out of Africa, A River Runs Through It, and The Discovery.
Patrick Swayze – 1952
The dancer, actor and singer gained popularity during the 1980s in roles such as Dirty Dancing, Roadhouse and Ghost.
Malcolm Jamal Warner – 1970
Best known for his role as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Warner also joined the casts of Community and The Resident.
Steve Chen – 1978
The entrepreneur co-founded the video-sharing website YouTube.
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