Today in Food History
• Banana Lovers Day (Banana Trivia & Facts)
• National Pots de Creme Day
• Feast of St. Monica, patron of homemakers, housewives
On this day in:
1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in the U.S. near Titusville, Pennsylvania.
1883 Krakatoa's largest explosive eruptions were heard up to 3,000 miles away. (see also Aug 26, 1883)
1909 Emil Chrstian Hansen died (born May 8, 1842). He was a Danish botanist who developed new methods to culture yeast. He revolutionized the beer industry, and proved that there are different species of yeast. He refused to patent the method, but instead made it available for free to other brewers.
(Beer & Brewing Articles)
1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel, 'Tarzan of The Apes' was first published in 'All Story' magazine (October issue, published August 27).
1940 Nestle registered the trademark 'Toll House' for chocolate chip cookies. (Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia)
1940 The London production of 'Apple Sauce' opened at the Holborn Empire Theatre.
1944 Tim Bogert of the Rock group Vanilla Fudge was born.
1949 Jeff Cook of the music group 'Alabama' was born.
1950 By executive order of President Harry S. Truman, U.S. railroads were seized by the army at 4pm to avert a strike. Control was restored on May 23, 1952 when railroad owners and unions agreed to the administration's terms.
1970 'Spill The Wine' by Eric Burdon & War is #1 on the charts
1971 Alice Waters' Chaz Panisse restaurant opened in Berkeley, California.
1990 Ernest Saunders, Gerald Ronson, Sir Jack Lyons and Anthony Parnes were found guilty of conspiracy to drive up the price of shares in Guinness, makers of the eponymous stout, during a 1986 takeover battle.
2003 The world's largest battery was connected to provide emergency power in Fairbanks, Alaska. The $35 million rechargable battery weighs 1,300 tonnes and in the event of a blackout, it can provide 40 megawatts of power for up to 7 minutes, while backup generators are being started. Total city blackouts occur every 2 or 3 years due to the extreme weather conditions.