Today in Food History
• National Cherry Popsicle Day (Popsicle Trivia & Facts)
• Spain: ['La Tomatina' Tomato Fight] (Aug 26, 2020) Bunol, Valencia, Spain. 30,000 people throw 240,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other.
EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2020. (Tomato Trivia)
• [World Water Week] (Aug 24-28, 2020) A VIRTUAL EVENT FOR 2020. World Water Week is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. (Water Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1728 Johann Heinrich Lambert was born. He proved that 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.'
1922 Jay Arthur Pritzker was born (died Jan 23, 1999). Purchased the Hyatt House motel hotel near Los Angeles International Airport from Hyatt von Dehn in 1957. This was the beginning of Hyatt Hotels luxury hotel corporation. (see also May 21, 1915).
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.
1966 Gorton Corporation began using 'Gorton's of Gloucester' trademark for frozen seafood.
1972 'Coconut' by Nilsson reached number 8 on the charts.
1978 Frankie Valli's 'Grease' reached number 1 on the charts.
2014 Burger King announced its purchase of Tim Hortons, Canadian coffee and donut chain.
(Burger King Trivia)