FEBRUARY 18 - Today in Food History
• National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day
On this day in:
1478 George Plantagenet, duke of Clarence died. Brother of Edward IV whom he was accused of plotting against. He was thrown into prison and secretly executed in the Tower of London. The rumor is that he was drowned in a butt (large cask) of malmsey wine.
1626 Francesco Redi was born (died March 1, 1697). He was the first to demonstrate that maggots were not spontaneously generated, but actually came from the eggs of flies.
1871 Harry Brearley was born. Brearley was an English metallurgist who invented stainless steel in 1913.
1885 The 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain was published.
1901 Hubert Cecil Booth patented the vacuum cleaner. Because of its large size, he mounted the machine on a horse carriage, with a long hose to reach inside a house, and offered cleaning services.
1930 At the St. Louis International Air Exposition, a cow supposedly flew in an airplane for the first time, and this same cow became the first cow to be milked while flying. (This may also be the first real instance of flying cow dung).
1950 John Hughes was born (died Aug 11, 2009). Film director and screenwriter. 'The Breakfast Club' (1985); 'Home Alone' (1990); 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' (1987).
1968 Actress Molly Ringwald was born. Two of her movies were 'The Breakfast Club' (1985) and 'In the Weeds' (2000).