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AUGUST 25
Today in Food History

• National Banana Split Day
• National Whisky Sour Day
• Feast of St. Louis IX, patron of distillers.
 

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1718 New Orleans was founded by French colonists. The city was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, who was Regent of France at the time.

1810 Peter Durand was granted the first patent for preserving food in tin cans, English patent No. 3372. (A similar method developed earlier by Nicolas Appert in France used only glass containers). Durand worked only with tin cans, although his patent mentions glass, pottery, tin or other metals.

1840 Joseph Gibbons received a patent for a seeding machine.

1906 Max Eyth died (born May 6, 1836).  German engineer and inventor working with agricultural machinery in England and Germany. He founded the German Agricultural Society (1884).

1910 Arnold Neustadter was born.  Inventor of the Rolodex rotating card file.

1935 Curtis Fletcher Marbut died.  American geologist and one of the founders of modern soil science.  He was with the U.S. Bureau of Soils for 25 years.

1949 'Father Knows Best' debuted on NBC radio, sponsored by General Foods. The show moved to television in 1954.

1959 Golden Grain Macaroni Corp. registered ‘Rice-A-Roni’ trademark (first used 1957).

1968 Rachael Ray was born. American celebrity chef, cookbook author and cooking show host (Rachael Ray; 30 Minute Meals; etc.). (Website: www.rachaelray.com/)

2001 In Oslo, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married  former waitress Mette-Marit.

2006 The movies 'Beerfest' and 'How to Eat Fried Worms' opened in U.S. theatres.
 

 

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