NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY
- In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese, which some attribute to the beginning of the pizza.
- In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie.
- The Romans developed a pastry with a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves.
- The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
- The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. It was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
- An estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese was produced in the United States in 1997.
- The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SausagePizzaDay
Invite friends and family over for homemade sausage pizza. Or go out for your favorite kind of sausage pizza and make it a celebration. While you’re out and about, be sure to give a shout out to your favorite establishment. Do you like thin or thick crust? How do you eat your pizza? Crust first, point first or do you fold it? We want to know. Everyone has their own pizza-eating styles.
Use #SausagePizzaDay to post on social media.
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NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY HISTORY
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October 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
Invented by John Stevens, the first steam-powered ferry boat begins operations between NYC and Hoboken, NJ.
The Scotland-born inventor immigrated to the Dakota Territory and received U.S. Patent No. 248,179 helping to revolutionize the photography world. At the same time, George Eastman was developing his camera business and bought the rights to Houston’s patent for roll-film.
Dorr Eugene Felt patents the first accurate and practical adding machine, patent No. 371496
The heritage organization, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is founded.
At an event held at Kinloch Field in St. Louis, MO, pilot Arch Hoxsey invites former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to join him in a short flight. Despite being surprised by the invitation, the adventurous colonel accepts. He flew with Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers and the quick spin around the sky lasted only 4 minutes.
NASA launches Pioneer 1, its first space probe. However, the spacecraft fails to reach a stable orbit.
NASA launches its first successful manned mission of the Apollo space program from Cape Kennedy.
The comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live, launches on NBC. Created by Lorne Michaels the show has brought such memorable characters as Gumby, The Church Lady, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, Roseanne Roseannadanna, Stuart Smalley, Hans and Franz, and Beldar Conehead.
Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a spacewalk.
October 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
George Williams – 1821
In 1844. the English philanthropist and businessman founded the Young Men’s Christian Association.
Henry John Heinz – 1844
Condiments became the businessman’s billion-dollar idea. It all started with horseradish in Pittsburgh, PA, and led to 57 varieties that we still enjoy today.
Eleanor Roosevelt – 1884
As the 34th First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with. Even before the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt was active in the American Red Cross and supported the League of Women Voters. During her term in the White House, she did more than greet guests and entertain. She was an outspoken advocate for civil liberties and often spoke publicly. Follow the President’s death, she served as a spokeswoman in the United Nations.
Harriet Boyd Hawes – 1888
As an archaeologist, Boyd gained recognition for her discovery at Gournia. Along with her discovery, she became the first archaeologist to completely excavate an Early Bronze Age Minoan site.
Dan Evins – 1935
In 1969, the businessman founded Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
MC Lyte – 1970
Born Lana Michele Moorer, the Grammy-nominated rapper became the first woman rapper to release a solo album.