APRIL 21 - Today in Food History
• National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
(Cashew Nut Trivia and Facts)
• U.K. National Tea Day
(see also International Tea Day - May 21)
• St. Bueno's Day, patron against cattle diseases.
On this day in:
1838 John Muir was born. Muir was a naturalist who was largely responsible for the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite national parks in California in 1890.
1910 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) Died. American author, pen name Mark Twain, who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,’ etc. There are many quotes and descriptions about food and dining in his works (and on FoodReference.com). An example is:
"A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die." (From 'A Tramp Abroad').
1930 Donald J. Tyson was born (died Jan 6, 2011). President and CEO of Tyson Foods, he built his fathers Arkansas chicken feed and hatchery business into one of the largest producers of chicken, beef and pork in the world.
1956 'Heartbreak Hotel' by Elvis Presley was number 1 on the music charts.
1959 Alfred Dean caught a record 2,664 pound great white shark with rod and reel off Ceduna, Australia.
1962 The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opened in Seattle, Washington.
1962 The Top Of The Needle restaurant in the Seattle, Washington Space Needle, was officially opened. It was the second revolving restaurant in the U.S. It seats 260 and rotates completely once every hour. (The world's first revolving restaurant was the La Ronde Restaurant built in 1961 atop the Ala Moana building fronting the Ala Moana shopping center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The restaurant has since closed down.)
1963 The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club.