Also, on this day in 1865 John James McLaughlin was born (died Jan 28, 1914). Canadian chemist and pharmacist, founder of Canada Dry soft drink brand.
In 1942 The Stage Door Canteen opened in New York in the basement of the 44th Street Theater. It offered servicemen free nights of dancing, entertainment, food and nonalcoholic drinks, and even opportunities to rub shoulders with celebrities.
In 1984 Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s franchise restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois closed. It had opened for business on April 15, 1955.