National Sandwich Day

National Sandwich Day
November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, maybe because the 4th Earl of Sandwich was born in November. The Earl’s birthday is generally listed as November 13th but that might be an old (Julian) calendar date for what we call November 4th today. Anyhow, consider eating stacked slabs of bread with stuff between them today.

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718 – 1792) was Britain’s Postmaster General, First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for the Northern Department, a patron of the Arts and exploration and a noted libertine, but is remembered for eating the hand-held meals now known as “sandwiches.” It’s said that the Earl favored the portable edibles because he could eat them at the gambling table, or while playing cribbage or (less colorfully) while working at his desk. That last option sounds a lot like you, doesn’t it?


 “Each Day, 50 Percent of America Eats a Sandwich,” Rachel Nuwer,


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Image (“Coat of Arms of the Earl of Sandwich”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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