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Today in Food History

• National Chocolate Chip Day
• Champagne Day (see 1693 below)
  (Champagne Articles)
World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7)

On this day in:

1608 John Tradescant was born.  He succeeded his father as naturalist and gardener to Charles I.

1693 Dom Perignon discovers the process for making champagne. "Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!"
(A widely held legend, but only a only a legend.)

1755 Nicolas-Jacque Conte was born.  He invented the modern graphite pencil.

1860 Obed Hussy died (born Aug 4, 1860).  Invented a horse drawn reaper.  (see also: Dec 31, 1833)

1902 Clara Peller was born (died Aug 11, 1987). She is the actress who is famous for her Wendy's TV commercial, "Where's the beef?"

1930 The first King Kullen supermarket opens in Queens, New York.  It is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as "America's First Supermarket"  The company was founded by Michael J. Cullen.
(Supermarket Trivia and Facts)

1958 The first potato flake manufacturing plant opened in Grand Forks, North Dakota. (Potato Trivia & Facts)

1970 Pillsbury registered trademark for "Poppin' Fresh" (the Pillsbury Doughboy), first used in 1965 for Pillsbury refrigerated dough products.

1970 Cumberland Packing registered "Sweet'n Low" trademark (first used in 1958). (Saccharin Trivia)

1978 Molson Brewery acquired the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.

1983 Dave Winfield, a N.Y. Yankee outfielder accidentally killed a seagull with an errant throw in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.  He was arrested, charged with cruelty to animals and had to post a $500 bond.  The charges were dropped the following day.

2000 The movie 'Coyote Ugly' opened in U.S. theatres.  About a young barmaid at the Coyote Ugly bar in New York.


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