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Renegade Chef: Celebrating shredded wheat, Swedish neutrality and 'The Twist'

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Many interesting things have happened on Aug. 1 over the years.

On this day in 30 B.C., Octavian Augustus arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, and declared it for the Roman Republic. Apparently he had no clue of the calendar day and was rumored to have said, “OK, my name is August, and since this is my first day here, let’s just call it that — August first. Thank goodness we’ve gotten past that wretched July tourist rush!”

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