APRIL 17 - Today in Food History

• Malbec World Day (A purple grape used in making red wine) [www.winesofargentina.org/malbecworldday/]

• Banana Day, [Westchester University, PA]  (April 17, 2019 - 3rd Wed in April)

• National Cheeseball Day (Cheeseball Recipe)

On this day in:

1629 The first horses were imported to the American colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
(Horse Trivia & Facts)

1790 Benjamin Franklin died. American diplomat, publisher, inventor, etc. Among his inventions were the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He also published 'Poor Richard's Almanac.'

1810 Lewis Mills Norton of Goshen, Connecticut was issued the first U.S. patent for ‘pineapple cheese’. The popular cheese was sold in blocks shaped like pineapples. [ConnecticutHistory.org]

1843 Samuel Morey died (born Oct 23, 1762).  American inventor. His first patent, issued on January 26, 1793 (No. X51), was for a steam powered roasting spit, and was signed by George Washington.

1917 The first Del Monte brand national advertisement appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

1937 Daffy Duck makes his debut appearance in 'Porky,s Duck Hunt’

1958 The Brussels World's Fair, Expo 58 (Universal and International Exhibition) opened in Belgium (closed Oct 19, 1958).  The overall theme was "A World View, A New Humanism."  It was the first major world's fair after World War II.

1979 The Swedish brand 'Absolut Vodka' was first exported to U.S.

1991 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 3,000 for the first time (3,004.46).

1996 Arnold Neustadter Died. He was the inventor of the Rolodex rotating card file.

2006 The price of oil closed abouve $70 for the first time ($70.40).

The musical 'A Catered Affair' opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

2015 The SpaceX supply ship brought groceries, supplies and an ISSpresso espresso machine to the International Space Station.



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