National Sandwich Day

November 3, 2016

This day celebrates one of the America’s favorite foods: the sandwich.  A sandwich is a combination of edible goodies stuffed between other edibles.

This day celebrates one of the America’s favorite foods: the sandwich.

The word ‘sandwich’ has a somewhat dubious origin. The popular story goes that Englishman John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, was gambling one night. He was hungry but too involved in the game to stop playing. So he ordered a waiter to bring him some roast beef between two slices of bread. That allowed him to eat and continue playing without getting the cards greasy. Since then, the combination of edible goodies stuffed between other edibles has been called a sandwich.

Montagu, born November 3, 1718, was a notorious gambler, womanizer, and, as First Lord of the Admiralty, contributed to the success of the American Revolution through his corrupt and incompetent management of the British Navy. He was an extremely influential man in society at the time however, which may be why the story and the name became part of the common English lexicon.

The idea of the sandwich is very old. A rabbi in the first century B.C. may have made the first sandwich in recorded history when he spread a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, and spices between two matzoh, a type of unleavened bread. Today, there are thousands of different kinds of sandwiches, many with their own special names.