September 18, 2020 – Air Force Birthday | National Cheeseburger Day
Who Made The Very First Cheeseburger?
Welcome to September 18th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate Legends in the sky and on the ground.
When he enlisted into the United States Army, Chuck Yeager knew nothing about airplanes, and had little interest in finding out. He learned that the Army Air Forces were looking for pilots, a position that paid far better than what he had. Yeager applied and got the job, then went on to become a highly decorated fighter pilot, earning the rank of Brigadier General. Most famously, he was the first person to break the speed of sound. But that event almost didn’t include Yeager. Two days before the test flight, he broke his ribs, and rather than tell his superiors, he taped up his ribs and rigged a device to help him close the hatch on the plane. The rest is legend. As we celebrate the Air Force Birthday, may we honor the men and women who follow the path carved by this flying ace, who demonstrated the “right stuff” that is still emulated to this day.
Some foods are just plain perfect. And when that happens, everyone wants to take credit for inventing them. In the case of the cheeseburger we aren’t gonna argue and so, for National Cheeseburger Day here are some honorable mentions. In 1926, Lionel Sternberger was working at his dad’s restaurant, The Rite Spot in Pasadena, CA when he dropped a slice of cheese on a sizzling burger. He claims to have been the first. Both Gus Belt of the Steak n’ Shake and Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In filed for a trademark on the word ‘cheeseburger,’ and the winner in 1935 was Louis Ballast from Denver, Colorado. We still think everyone’s a winner on National Cheeseburger Day, especially if you celebrate it with grilled onions!
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