Today in Food History
• National Bratwurst Day
(Grilled Bratwurst w/Onion Marmalade)
• National Rum Day (Rum, Expressions of Sunshine)
• Sweden: Surströmingspremiären, Sour Herring Premiere (Aug 16, 2018 - 3rd Thursday) By ordinance, the year's supply of sour herring may begin to be sold.
(Herring Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1824 John Simpson Chisum was born (died Dec 22, 1884). American frontiersman, cattle rancher. In 1867 he blazed the Chisum Trail from Paris, Texas to New Mexico. Between 1870 and 1881 he had the largest cattle herd in the U.S. near Roswell, New Mexico. (Cattle Trivia)
1888 John Styth Pemberton died (born July 8, 1831). An American pharmacist, Pemberton created Coca-Cola in 1885 as a cure for headaches. (Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)
1889 Hanson Goodrich is granted a patent for the first modern stove top coffee percolator.
(Coffee Trivia & Facts -- History of Coffee)
1896 Gold was discovered in Rabbit Creek, near Dawson, in the Yukon region of Canada, by George Carmack, his wife Kate, Skookum Jim Mason and Tagish Charlie. [It is not clear who actually made the discovery]
(see also Aug 17, 1896).
1906 An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Valparaiso, Chile, destroying much of the city.
1956 Bela Lugosi (Béla Ferenc Dezso Blaskó) died (born Oct 20, 1882). Best known for his role as the blood drinking vampire in the 1931 film 'Dracula'
(Blood Trivia & Facts)
1966 'Summer In The City' by the Lovin’ Spoonful is #1 on the charts.
1995 Oveta Culp Hobby died (born Jan 19, 1905). First secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1953-1955).
2007 The temperature hit 105.4°F in the city of Tajimi, Japan, the hottest day on record in Japan.
2013 The movie 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' (originally titled 'The Butler') opened in U.S. theatres. The story of Cecil Gaines, White House butler to 8 presidents.