Hot enough for you? You have to admit that the steamy, sticky days of July would be a whole lot worse without ice in your glass.* And for those frozen nuggets of relief, you can thank the antebellum Gulf Coaster (by way of the Caribbean) Dr. John Gorrie.
From his home in Apalachicola, Florida, Dr. Gorrie created the first ice-machine, which he debuted at a soiree on July 14, 1850. (Talk about a party trick.) Gorrie would patent the machine the following year.