APRIL 18 - Today in Food History
• National Animal Crackers Day
(Origin of Animal Crackers)
On this day in:
1834 William Lamb became prime minister of England.
1868 California issued a charter for the San Francisco SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the fourth SPCA in the U.S.
1873 Justus von Liebig was died (born May 12, 1803). German chemist who made major contributions to organic and agricultural chemistry. Developed Liebig Extract of Beef, a concentrated liquid meat extract.
1882 Sir Henry Cole died (born July 15, 1808) British civil servant and inventor. He is credited with creating the idea of sending greeting cards at Christmas time in 1843.
1895 New York state passed a law establishing free public baths for the "promotion of public health and comfort".
1904 'Pigmeat' Markham was born. American actor, comedian. ("Here comes the Judge.").
1906 San Francisco was hit by a devastating earthquake at 5:12 a.m.
1907 The Fairmont hotel reopened in San Francisco, one year after being severely damaged by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
1921 Ontario, Canada votes for alcohol prohibition to take effect on July 19, 1921.
1934 J. F. Cantrell opened the 'Washateria' in Fort Worth, Texas. It was the first laundromat, and had 4 electric washing machines customers could rent by the hour.
1942 'Moonlight Cocktail' by Glenn Miller was #1 on the music charts.
1944 Skip Spence of the music group 'Moby Grape' was born.
1968 London Bridge, originally constructed in 1831, was sold to Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for $2.46 million. The granite bridge was taken apart and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
2010 In Prospect Harbor, Maine the last Sardine cannery in the U.S. closed. The Stinson Seafood cannery was bulit in 1906 and had been owned by Bumble Bee Foods since 2004.
2020 Crude Oil prices at 18 year lows below $19.
2020 Coronavirus: Worldwide death toll has surpassed 160,000.
2021 Crude Oil prices close over $63.
2021 Coronavirus: Worldwide death toll has surpassed 3 million; nations race to vaccinate their populations, as dangerous new variants are spreading.