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AUGUST 17
Today in Food History

• National Vanilla Custard Day
  (Vanilla Custard Recipe)

• St. Mammas Day, patron of shepherds.
 

On this day in:

1786 Davy Crockett was born (killed at the Alamo, March 6, 1836). Legendary American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician - 'King of the Wild Frontier'

1807 Robert Fulton's first steamboat left on its inaugural voyage, from New York City to Albany (150 miles in 32 hours).  It was the first commercially successful steamboat. Its name was 'North River Steamboat' - frequently (but incorrectly) referred to as the 'Clermont.'  (corrected from Aug 7).

1835 Solymon Merrick, of Springfield, Massachusetts, received a patent for a 'Wrench'.

1896 Yukon Gold like Cheese Sandwiches:  George Washington Carmack registered gold claims for Rabbit Creek (Bonanza Creek), where he and three others had discovered gold the day before (Aug 16).  According to Carmack, the gold veins were "thick between the flaky slabs, like cheese sandwiches." 

1925 John Hawkes was born.  American avant-garde novelist, author of ‘Blood Oranges’, ‘The Lime Twig’, ‘The Goose on the Grave’, etc.

1947 Gary Talley of the music group 'The Box Tops' was born.

1986 A bronze statue of a pig was dedicated at Seattle's Pike Place Market. (Pig Trivia & Facts)

2003 After a 14 year moratorium, Iceland resumed whale hunting for Minke whales, in the name of scientific research.'

 

 

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