DECEMBER 1 - Today in Food History

• Eat a Red Apple Day (Apple Trivia & Facts)

• St. Eligius day, patron of agricultural workers, knife makers.

• Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7 ?)

• UK: National Tree Week (Nov 24-Dec 2, 2018)
  [Tree Council]

On this day in:

1857 Ephraim Ball, of Canton, Ohio, received a patent for a 'Harvester' ("Improvement in Mowing-Machines").  Known as ‘Ball's Improved Ohio Mower’ (grass harvester) it is the first widely successful of two-wheeled flexible or hinged bar mowers.

1878 The first telephone was installed in the White House in Washington, D.C. Alexander Graham Bell installed it himself. Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

1885 Dr. Pepper is sold for the first time.
(Dr Pepper Trivia & Facts)

1886 Rex Stout, American crime writer was born. More than 70 of his novels and stories feature the fictional gourmand/gourmet detective, Nero Wolfe. Archie Goodwin, the detective's assistant, described him as weighing "one seventh of a ton" (about 286 pounds). Shad Roe and Duck were two of Wolfe's favorites, and he also consumed copious amounts of beer. Stout also published 'The Nero Wolfe Cookbook' in 1973.

1913 The first drive-up automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operated by Gulf Refining Co.

1917 Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town, a farm village for wayward boys, near Omaha, Nebraska.

1924 James Cobden of Dahinda, Saskatchewan, Canada, wins the World Wheat Championship for best Hard Red Spring Wheat at the International Hay and Grain Show in Chicago, Illinois. (Wheat Trivia & Facts)

1926 Ontario, Canada votes for government control of sale of liquor, rather than prohibition.

1936 The first patent was issued for a commercial scale hydroponic system for plant culture (a 'hydroponicum'). Ernest Walfrid Brundin and Frank F. Lyon received U.S. patent No. 2,062,755 on the system they had set up the previous year.

1942 WW II mandatory gasoline rationing begins in the U.S.

1944 Eric Bloom of the music group 'Blue Oyster Cult' was born.

1959 Mattel Inc. registered the 'Barbie' trademark (for dolls).

1990 British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel from their respective countries drilled through a final piece of rock and shook hands,  22.3 km from the UK, 15.6 km from France.

1999 The Russian Duma passed an animal rights bill that prohibits people from eating their pets.



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