FEBRUARY 20 - Today in Food History
- National Cherry Pie Day
- UK: Hereford Potato Day (Feb 20, 2014)
- National FFA Week (February 15-22, 2014) [Future Farmers of America]
On this day in:
1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.
1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin received a patent for an electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.
1872 Silas Noble and J.Cooley of Massachusetts were issued a patent on a toothpick manufacturing machine.
1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for a machine which made square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.
1890 Michael Romanoff was born in Lithuania (died Sept 1, 1971). Born Hershel Geguzin, he was an actor, conman, professional imposter and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff from about 1919. He opened Romanoff's restaurant in Beverly Hills in the late 1930s, which became popular with Hollywood movie stars. The restaurant closed in 1962.
1969 'Candy', Ringo Starr's X-rated film premiers.
1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.
2001 Foot-and-mouth disease ravages livestock in Britain in the worst epidemic since 1967. By March it has spread to mainland Europe. Millions of animals are destroyed.
2009 Hershey's, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania today. The factory produced among other, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.