AUGUST 1 - Today in Food History
• National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
• International Beer Day (August 1, 2014)
• World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7)
- Lughnassadh, the Celtic first harvest festival.
- Festival of Xiuhtechuhtli: Aztec celebration of the god of the calendar.
- Ghana: Homowo. The Ga people feast & mock famine.
On this day in:
10 B.C. Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus was born. (Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54). Known as Claudius I, supposedly he was poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina, after her son Nero was named as his heir.
1137 Louis VI "The Fat" died. (King of France).
1733 Richard Kirwan was born. Kirwan was an eccentric Irish chemist who hated flies. He had dysphagia, which is the inability to swallow food without convulsive movements. He always dined alone.
1744 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck was born. A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits. Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.
1790 First U.S. census. We had a total of 3,939,214 mouths to feed.
1793 France introduces the first metric weight, the kilogram.
1817 Sir Joseph Henry Gilbert was born. Gilbert and his partner, Sir John Lawes, conducted agricultural experiments at Rothamsted Experimental Station, the oldest agricultural research station in the world. They are considered founding fathers of the agricultural sciences. They are also the co-inventors of superphosphate fertilizer.
1819 Herman Melville was born (died Sept 28, 1891). American writer, best known for the novel, 'Moby Dick; or The Whale'
1870 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was born. Ivanov was a Soviet biologist. Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901. Initially working with horses, by the early 1930s the procedure was being used on other farm animals.
1889 It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany.
1912 Pearson's Nut Goodie Bar was introduced.
1932 The Mars Bar, candy bar, was introduced.
1933 Dom DeLuise was born (died May 4, 2009). Actor, comedian and cookbook author. ‘Eat This' (1988) and 'Eat This Too!' (1997).
1960 Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' was released. The best exercise music ever!
2010 Approximately 23% of U.S. railway cars were in storage.