FEBRUARY 22 - Today in Food History
- National Margarita Day
- World Sword Swallower's Day 2014
On this day in:
1403 Charles VII of France was born. His mistress, Agnes Sorel, was a celebrated cook who created several dishes, and had several culinary creations named in her honor.. (Agnes Sorel soup garnish, Agnes Sorel Timbales, etc.
1512 Amerigo Vespucci died (born March 9, 1454). Italian explorer and cartographer, he was the first to realize that America was a new previously unknown continent. German cartographer (mapmaker) Martin Waldseemüller is credited with the first usage of 'America' on a map, to honor Vespucci.
1630 Supposedly, Quadequina, an American Indian, introduced English colonists to popcorn. He had brought some to their first Thanksgiving dinner.
(Some sources say 1631).
1879 Woolworths, the first chain store, opened in 1879 in Utica, New York.
1920 The first artificial rabbit is used at a dog racing trace in Emeryville, California.
1925 Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt died. An English physician, he invented the short (6 inch) clinical thermometer. Before this, a foot long thermometer was used that took 20 minutes to determine a patient's temperature. Ouch!
1971 'One Bad Apple' by The Osmonds is #1 on the charts.
1987 Andy Warhol died. 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.