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AUGUST 26
Today in Food History

• National Cherry Popsicle Day
 

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1728 Johann Heinrich Lambert was born. He proved that Apple pie was irrational.  Oops - never mind - that was 'pi' that he proved was an irrational number.

1784 Stephen McCormick was born.  Inventor and manufacturer of cast iron plow with removable parts.

1800 Felix Archimede Pouchet was born.  A French naturalist, he was one of those who believed that life was created from nonliving matter in processes such as fermentation and putrification.  Those flies and maggots, fungi, yeast and bacteria just appeared from nowhere.  (He was wrong.)

1883 At 12:53 p.m. the volcanic island of Mount Krakatoa in Indonesia (Dutch Indies) began a series of cataclysmic eruptions that ended with a huge eruption on August 27. It was one of the most violent volcanic events in recorded history.

1895 Alexandre Dumaine was born (died April 2, 1974).  One of the most decorated French chefs.  Proprietier of 3 Michelin star Hôtel de la Côte-d'Or.  Author with Henry Clos Jouve of 'Ma Cuisnie' (1972).

1902 Alexander P Anderson was issued U.S. patent No. 707,892 for "Improvements in the Art of Treating Starch Materials." His experiments led to his creation of 'puffed wheat' and 'puffed rice.'

1930 Philo Farnsworth received U.S. Patent No. 1,773,980 for a television system ("a television apparatus and process").  (Filing date: Jan 7, 1927).

1946 George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' was published.

1972 'Coconut' by Nilsson reached number 8 on the charts.

1978 Frankie Valli's 'Grease' reached number 1 on the charts.
 

 

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