Today in Food History
• National Spumoni Day (Cherry Spumoni Recipe)
• St. Bernard Tolomeo's Day, patron of olive growers.
(Olives & Olive Tree Trivia & Facts)
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1814 Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford died. American physician who invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove. He is frequently credited with creating baked Alaska.
(Origin, Description & Recipes for Baked Alaska)
1888 William Seward Burroughs of St. Louis, Missouri, received the first U.S. patent for an adding machine. Actually four patents, U.S. No. 388,116 to 388,119).
1906 Isadore 'Friz' Freleng was born (died May 26, 1995). Cartoon animator, he created or developed cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, and Tweety Bird.
1910 Second day of the Great Fire of 1910 in the North Western U.S. (see August 20, 1910).
1959 Hawaii officially became the 50th state of the U.S.. (Voters in the Hawaii Territory had ratified a state constitution on November 7, 1950).
(Hawaii Food Trivia -- Hawaii Food Festivals)
1962 McDonald's franchisee Edwin Traisman of Madison, Wisconsin received U.S. patent No. 3,050,404 for a "Method For Preparing Frozen French Fried Potatoes".
(McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)
1988 Pubs are now allowed to stay open 12 hours each day (except Sunday) in the U.K.
1997 The largest meat recall in U.S. history. Hudson Foods closed its Nebraska plant and recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that were potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7
2012 Boston Market restaurants announced that salt shakers have been removed from tables at all 476 locations, as part of an overall initiative to provide healthier options for guests.
2014 Governor Jerry Brown of California signed legislation that overturned a ban on pets at bars and restaurants. The new law allows dogs at outside patios effective January 1, 2015.