NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY
Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm summer breezes on August 23rd as you celebrate the annual National Ride the Wind Day.
The Gossamer Condor 2 was built by Dr. Paul B MacCready and piloted by amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.
The Gossamer Condor 2 aircraft is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
We all know that cooler air is right around the corner so take advantage of these nice days and get outside as much as possible. Test out those human-powered aircraft and make some history. Summer breezes allow us to fly human-powered. In the event you lack a human-powered aircraft, flying a kite is always a good back plan.
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HOW TO OBSERVE #RideTheWindDay
Take to the air! Learn about piloting a glider or consider being a passenger. FFA certified pilots will take you soaring into the beautiful blue skies. Share your experiences and be sure to use #RideTheWindDay to post on social media.
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NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY HISTORY
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NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY
On August 23rd, enjoy National Sponge Cake Day with the quintessential classic of the cake world. This airy queen of teas is the guest of honor, but we get the pleasure of tasting!
One of the trickiest cakes for bakers to master, a perfect sponge stands tall. Another balancing trick for bakers includes maintaining a fine crumb while keeping the cake moist. If you enjoy layering berries and whipped cream, the sponge handles this task beautifully.
The sponge cake is believed to be one of the first non-yeasted cakes.
The sponge cake is thought to have originated in the Caribbean. However, the earliest English printed recipe for sponge cake comes from an English poet and author, Gervase Markham. In 1615 he published a sponge cake recipe in the book The English Huswife, Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman.
I can’t knit or make plum jam, but I can bake a bloody Victoria sponge. ~ Helen Mirren as Chris in Calendar Girls (2003)
In 2003, the sponge cake played a tiny role in the movie Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren. In the scene, Mirren’s character, Chris, enters a baking competition. However, she forgets she entered, and instead of entering a sponge cake of her own making, she submits a store-bought Victoria sponge cake.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SpongeCakeDay
Get some sponge cake and enjoy it. Or, if you are up to the challenge, try this Glorious Sponge Cake recipe. Serve it with berries or a preserve. Use #SpongeCakeDay to post on social media.
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NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Sponge Cake Day.
NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH DAY
On August 23rd, celebrate a sandwich that originated in Cuba, but grew up in Florida. National Cuban Sandwich Day is a tribute to flavor found in a toasted pressed sandwich.
While the Cubano traditionally consists of ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread, restaurants and home cooks serve up different versions. While the sandwich alone may serve as a satisfying meal, some very flavorful sides complement this globe-trotting sandwich. Like any grilled sandwich, a creamy, dunkable soup makes the perfect complement. Consider making this delicious Smoky Roasted Corn Soup. Another favorite side dish is seasoned sweet potato fries.
The sandwich brings together flavor and history, too. By combining traditions from Cuban, German, and Italian immigrants, the sandwich offers a world tour of simple ingredients. If you’ve never had one, this is the day to try it.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCubanSandwichDay
Many restaurants offer specials on their Cuban Sandwich to celebrate the day. You’ll want to give the place who makes your favorite Cubano a shout out, too! You can also make your own. Try a traditional recipe or change it up with your own distinctive style. You can also share the day with others while exploring new side dishes and recipes. Be sure to use #NationalCubanSandwichDay to share your celebrations on social media.
NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH DAY HISTORY
Journalist Christopher Spata of the Tampa Bay Times set out to test the National Day food celebration waters in 2016. In his mission to make up a new food holiday, he managed to create a celebration that has gone around the world. According to his article, he chose August 23rd because the only other food holiday was National Sponge Cake Day, “and who cares about that?” (He’s obviously never had sponge cake or tried making one.” And while some articles call it a hoax, those who celebrate food days take them seriously.
On August 23 in History
King Edward I of England has the Scottish revolutionary, William Wallace, executed. The king had Wallace hung and then disemboweled, beheaded, and quartered.
London establishes the first one-way street.
The Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City opens and is the first American hotel to include a passenger elevator.
The message “Sherman is sighted” is the first ship-to-shore message sent by wireless.
The cookbook author and proponent of standard measures in cooking opens the Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery.
Harry D. Weed patents “Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires” making traveling icy roads less hazardous. That same year he establishes the Weed Chain Tire Grip Company.
Frank King’s comic strip, Gasoline Alley, premieres in the Chicago Tribune.
Anne Morrow flies solo for the first time, only months after marrying Charles Lindbergh.
The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is released.
Hail pummels the small town of Rushmore, Minnesota. The thunderstorm dumped hail a foot deep on the Nobels County town.
The Beatles release their single “She Loves You” from their Twist and Shout album in the United Kingdom.
NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 captures the first photograph of Earth from the Moon’s orbit.
A bank robbery went wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, leading into a hostage crisis. The drawn-out event lasted five days and during that time, the hostages begin to sympathize with their jailers. This phenomenon becomes known as “Stockholm syndrome.”
The Gossamer Condor 2 flew the first man-powered flight for at least 1 mile.
Recipe of the Day
Peanut Butter Cup Martini
Prep: 5 minutes
1/2 ounce chocolate syrup
1/4 cup ice
2 ounces peanut butter vodka
1 ounce chocolate liqueur
2 ounces cream
3 mini peanut butter cups
Drizzle chocolate around the inside of a martini glass. Add ice, vodka, chocolate liqueur and cream to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish the drink with mini peanut butter cups on a skewer.
Born on August 23
Louis XVI – 1774
Born Louis Auguste, he took the French throne at the age of 20 after the death of his grandfather, Louis XV. His policies created insurmountable debt for the country which would eventually lead to the French Revolution.
Sarah Frances Whiting – 1847
The first director of the Whitin Observatory, Whiting taught astronomy and physics at Wellesley College.
Edgar Lee Masters – 1869
The author of more than 30 books and plays is best known for his work, Spoon River Anthology.
Will Cuppy – 1884
Combining dry wit with a little bit of fact, the American humorist and journalist commented on nature and historical personalities.
Grace Chu – 1899
Also known as Madame Chu, the cooking enthusiast began hosting cooking classes in her home while her husband was posted at the U.S. Embassy. She would later continue the courses and become a U.S. citizen, publishing two popular books on Chinese cooking.
Ernie Bushmiller – 1905
Best known for his comic strip, Nancy, the artist once thought he couldn’t draw.
Hannah Frank – 1908
The Art Nouveau artist is best known for her black and white drawings and sculptures.
Gene Kelly – 1912
The talented singer, dancer and actor starred alongside Judy Garland, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, and Spencer Tracy to name a few.
Edgar Frank Codd – 1923
As a pioneering programmer for IBM, Cobb developed several methods and processes for data processing.
Barbara Eden – 1931
Eden co-starred in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie alongside Larry Hagman. During her career, Eden made more than 90 appearances on film and television.
Keith Moon – 1946
Best known as the drummer for The Who, Moon also played several roles in film.
Shelley Long – 1949
The actor is best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the sitcom Cheers.
River Phoenix – 1970
Before his tragic death, the talented young actor appeared in several films including Stand by Me, Running on Empty, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and My Own Private Idaho.
Kobe Bryant – 1978
Drafted into the NBA in 1996, Bryant would go on to an All-Star career with the L.A. Lakers. In January 2020, he was tragically killed in a helicopter accident.
Natalie Coughlin – 1982
The 12-time Olympic medalist is a powerhouse swimmer who started her swimming career at the age of 6.
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