Today in Food History
• National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day
(Ice Cream Tips -- Ice Cream Recipes)
• National Hot & Spicy Food Day
(International Hot & Spicy Food Day is January 16)
(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. He sold it in small packets containing a mixture of various barks, herbs and berries to brew as 'root beer.' In 1880 he introduced a more convenient liquid version. (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 (born Feb 3, 1823). An American naturalist and zoologist, a leading authority on North American birds and mammals. In 1878 he was named 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)
1913 Canada: An estimated 40,000 men travel west from the Maritime (eastern) Provinces to help bring in a record breaking harvest on prairie farms in central Canada.
1919 William B. Ward registered 'Hostess' trademark (for breads, biscuits and cakes).
1934 Soap Box Derby: Newsman Myron Scott organized the first All-American Soap Box Derby in Dayton, Ohio. 362 kids ages 6-16 competed with their homemade soap box vehicles. The national winner was Robert Turner of Muncie, Indiana, who made his car from the wood of a saloon bar.
1935 Prince Edward Island, Canada records record breaking temperatures of over 101 degrees F.
1947 Dutch chemists, Jozef Ferdinand Arens and David Adriaan van Dorp. 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.
2002 The Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington DC put the kitchen of legendary cook Julia Child on display. Child had donated the kitchen from her Cambridge home of 32 years, and it had been disassembled and moved to the Smithsonian.