Today in Food History
• National Knife Day (Choosing & Care of Knives)
• National Peach Pie Day
(Peach Pie Recipe -- Peach Trivia and Facts)
• National Waffle Day (see 1869 below) (Waffle Recipes)
• St. Bartholomew;s Day, patron of cheese merchants and butchers.
• St. Owen of Rouen's Day, patron of innkeepers.
On this day in:
79 Pliny The Elder died. A Roman scholar and naturalist, he was the author of the 37 volume 'Historia Naturalis' (Natural History). This was a compilation of thousands of ancient books by hundreds of authors. It is an invaluable record of ancient theories on countless scientific subjects.
1795 In England, Reverend Samuel Henshall received a patent for a corkscrew.
1814 The British attack Washington and burn government buildings, including the National Library and the Capitol building.
1853 The month and day are uncertain, but the year is correct. Native American Chef George Crum invented potato chips at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Potato Chip Trivia and Facts)
1869 Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received the first U.S. patent for a stovetop Waffle Iron (U.S. patent No. 94,093).
1918 Ray McIntire was born. A chemical engineer who worked for Dow Chemical Company, he invented Styrofoam.
1969 The movie version of Arlo Guthrie's 'Alice's Restaurant' premiered in New York and Los Angeles.
1989 The Holiday Corporation agreed to sell its Holiday Inn hotel chain to British brewery, Bass.
1994 The movie 'The Advocate' ('The Hour of the Pig') is released in the U.S. Set in 15th century France, a lawyer is appointed to defend a pig accused of murder.