This Day in Jewish History 1953: The Man Who Would Visit Italy, Then Build the World’s Biggest Coffee Chain, Is Born

A broken jaw stymied his football ambitions, then, on a visit to Milan, Howard Schultz saw neighborhood espresso bars. Now Starbucks is a $60-billion company with 21,000 outlets.

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July 19, 1953 is the birthday of Howard Schultz, the entrepreneur who bought a small Seattle chain of stores selling gourmet coffee and tea, named for a character in Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick,” and in...