DECEMBER 16 - Today in Food History
• Dress Up Tea Party Day (see 1773 below)
• National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
On this day in:
1773 The Boston Tea Party. A group of men dressed as Indians, boarded ships at Griffin's wharf and dumped hundreds of tea chests into Boston harbor. The American Revolution began.
1777 Barbe-Nicole Clicquot was born (died July 29, 1866). The Grand Dame of Champagne. At age 27 she took over her husband Francois Clicquot's champagne house on his death. Today Veuve Clicquo is one of the great premium champagne houses in France.
1833 Seaman Asahel Knapp was born. An American agriculturist, he began the system which evolved into the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service.
1835 The original Delmonico & Brother Cafe at 23 William Street was destroyed by fire.
1863 Gerard Adriaan Heineken bought the Amsterdam brewery, 'The Haystack', which dated back to 1592. This was the beginning of Heineken beer.
1884 William H. Fruen of Minneapolis, Minnesota was granted a U.S patent for the first coin-operated, automatic, vending machine to dispense liquids. (U.S. patent #309,219)
1901 Rejected by several publishers, Beatrix Potter privately printed 250 copies of 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' for family and friends. With color illustrations added, a trade edition was published by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902 and was an immediate success.
1903 The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower opened in Mumbai, India's first Luxury hotel.
1965 British author, W. Somerset Maugham died. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: 'Cakes and Ale', 'The Alien Corn' and 'The Breadwinner.'
1976 On the 'Barney Miller' TV show, Wojo's hippie girlfriend baked a batch of ‘special’ brownies for the precinct.
1980 Harland Sanders died at Shelbyville, Kentucky. Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant chain.
2004 Country Music singer Willie Nelson opened his own restaurant, the Texas Roadhouse Grill, in Austin, Texas.