AUGUST 6 - Today in Food History
• National Root Beer Float Day - Frank J. Wisner, owner of Cripple Creek Brewing in Colorado and manufacturer of Myers Avenue Red Root Beer, is said to have invented the 'Black Cow' root beer float in 1893.
(Why Does Root Beer Foam So Much?)
• [National Farmers Market Week] (Aug 4-10, 2019 1st full week in August)
• [World Breastfeeding Week] (Aug 1-7)
On this day in:
1867 Sheldon Everitt of Ansonia, Connecticut received a patent for a 'Tea Kettle.' (Tea Trivia & Facts)
1881 Alexander Fleming was born (died March 11, 1955). Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928 while working at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
1889 Britain's first modern luxury hotel, The Savoy Hotel, opened in London, with Cesar Ritz as manager and Auguste Escoffier as chef de cuisine. With 268 rooms, it was the first hotel in Britain lit entirely by electricity and the first with electric lifts. Most of the rooms also had hot and cold running water.
1896 Spreckels Sugar Company (beet sugar) was incorporated in Salinas, California. (Beet Trivia & Facts)
1911 Lucille Ball was born. Two of the funniest food related comedy routines ever done were the chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes from her TV show.
1928 Andy Warhol was born. American painter of the pop art movement. In the 1960s he made paintings of Campbell's Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products.
1930 Judge Joseph F. Crater of the New York State Supreme Court, walked out of a 45th Street restaurant in New York City on his way to the theater. He was never heard from again.
1954 David Grandison Fairchild died (born April 7, 1869). An American botanist and agriculturalist, he traveled the world, visiting every continent (except Antarctica) in search of plants of potential use to the American people. He brought back hundreds of plants, including varieties of mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, soybeans, and bamboos. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Florida was named to honor him. Author of 'The World Was My Garden,' and 'Exploring for Plants'.
2013 Protesting low egg prices, French farmers began smashing thousands of eggs on the streets and squares of France's main poultry producing region of Brittany. Over-production and expensive renovations to meet new European regulations on hen houses have resulted in farmers receiving lower prices for eggs.
(Egg Trivia and Facts)