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AUGUST 23, 2020 | NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY | NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY | NATIONAL CUBAN SANDWICH DAY

NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY - August 23


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 observance commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer prize. It was on August 23rd of 1977 the Gossamer Condor 2  flew the first figure-eight course specified by the Royal Aeronautical Society at Minter Field in Shafter, California. Slowly cruising at only 11 mph, it traveled a distance of 2,172 meters.

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.

Educators and parents, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed to help you #CelebrateEveryDay!

NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY HISTORY

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NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY – August 23

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.

Quote markI 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.

When is National Chocolate Cake Day?

NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Sponge Cake Day.

National Cuban Sandwich Day - August 23

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 Deck for August 24, 2020

On August 23 in History

1305 

King Edward I of England has the Scottish revolutionary, William Wallace, executed. The king had Wallace hung and then disemboweled, beheaded, and quartered.

1617 

London establishes the first one-way street.

1859 

The Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City opens and is the first American hotel to include a passenger elevator.

1889

The message “Sherman is sighted” is the first ship-to-shore message sent by wireless.

1902 

The cookbook author and proponent of standard measures in cooking opens the Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery.

1904 

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.

1918

Frank King’s comic strip, Gasoline Alley, premieres in the Chicago Tribune.

1929 

Anne Morrow flies solo for the first time, only months after marrying Charles Lindbergh.

1946

The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is released.

1955 

Hail pummels the small town of Rushmore, Minnesota. The thunderstorm dumped hail a foot deep on the Nobels County town.

1963 

The Beatles release their single “She Loves You” from their Twist and Shout album in the United Kingdom.

1966 

NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 captures the first photograph of Earth from the Moon’s orbit.

1973

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.”

1977

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

Peanut Butter Cup Martini Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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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