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AUGUST 19
Today in Food History

• National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day
  (Ice Cream Tips  --  Ice Cream Recipes)
• National Hot & Spicy Food Day
  (Chile Pepper Trivia & Facts)
• National Potato Day (Potato Trivia  -  Potato Tips
  Potato History  -  Potato Recipes)
• Feast of St. Magnus, patron of fish mongers
 

On this day in:

1851 Charles Elmer Hires was born (died July 31, 1937).  Pharmacist and creator of Hires Root Beer, which he introduced to the world at the Philadelphia Centennial Expo in 1876.  (Why does root beer foam?)

1856 Gail Borden was granted U.S. patent #15,553 for a process to make condensed milk, which he had developed in 1853. (Condensed Milk Trivia)
[Gail Borden Bio  --  Borden Co. Trivia & Facts]

1887 Spencer Fullerton Baird died.  An American naturalist and zoologist, he was the second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

1913 Candy manufacturer Clarence Crane registered 'Life Savers' trademark.  He invented the mint hard candy in 1912.  (Life Saver’s Trivia)

1919 William B. Ward registered 'Hostess' trademark (for breads, biscuits and cakes).

1947 J. Arens and D. van Villages synthesized vitamin A.

1960 The USSR launched Sputnik 5 into Earth orbit carrying 2 dogs, 40 mice, 2 rats and a variety of plants. The capsule was successfully returned to Earth the next day on August 20.

1996 Miss Universe was told to lose 27 pounds or lose her crown.
 

 

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