APRIL 13 - Today in Food History
• National Peach Cobbler Day
• National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015)
• UK: National Gardening Week: April 13-19, 2015
[Royal Horticultural Society]
On this day in:
1748 Joseph Bramah was born. An English engineer, among his many inventions was a beer engine, used to deliver beer from keg to glass without artificial carbonation being added.
1796 The first elephant to be brought to the U.S. arrived from Bengal, India. It was exhibited in New York, and its diet was described as: "thirty pounds of rice besides hay and straw.... all kinds of wine and spiritous liquors....and every kind of vegetable; it will also draw a cork from a bottle in its trunk."
1860 The first Pony Express mail delivery arrives in Sacramento, California (or possibly not until 1 a.m. on the 14th). The trip from St. Joseph, Missouri took 10 days. (See also April 3, 1860).
1883 Alfred Packer was convicted of cannibalism in Colorado. (Actually he was convicted of murder, since cannibalism was not against the law). He was sentenced to death, but was retried in 1886 and sentenced to 40 years. He was paroled in 1901, and died in 1907.
1902 Baron Philippe de Rothschild was born (died Jan 20, 1988). Innovative member of legendary Bordeaux wine growing family.
1909 Mervyn Hugh Cowie was born. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya's Royal National Parks.
1916 Funk Brothers Seed Company sold the first U.S. shipment of hybrid seed corn to Samuel Ramsay of Jacobsburg, Ohio. Todayinsci.com
1916 Edna Lewis was born, southern chef and author of 'The Taste of Southern Cooking' (1976).
1917 James Buchanan ('Diamond Jim') Brady died. An American financier and philanthropist, Diamond Jim was known for his diamond jewelry and his huge appetite.
1944 Hot Tuna bass guitarist Jack Casady was born.
1976 The $2 bill is reintroduced by the U.S. Treasury.
2008 The National Meats Institute in Uruguay organized a record Largest BBQ, grilling about over 26,000 pounds of beef on a mile long bbq grill using 6 tonnes of charcoal.
2013 John Galardi died (born March 4, 1938). Founder of Wienerschnitzel (originally Der Wienerschnitzel) hot dog fast food chain.