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FEBRUARY 28 - Today in Food History

• National Chocolate Souffle Day
• National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend: Girl Scouts of America (Feb 26-28, 2016)

On this day in:

1553 Michel de Montaigne was born. French essayist. There are a few of his quotes about food and dining listed on the Food Reference website. ("A man should not so much respect what he eats, as with whom he eats.")

1827 The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. incorporated as the first U.S. railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight.

1935 At the DuPont Corporation, Dr. Wallce Hume Carothers invented nylon. A patent was issued in 1937, and nylon stockings soon followed.

1942 'Moonlight Cocktail' by Glenn Miller was #1 on the music charts.

1956 'Knott's Berry Farm' trademark was registered (syrups; jellies; jams; fruit preserves; etc.). The name was actually first used in 1928.

1957 Ainsley Harriott was born. British celebrity chef. TV cooking shows include ‘Ready Steady Cook’, ‘Can't Cook Won't Cook’, ‘Ainsley's Barbeque Bible’, ‘Gourmet Express’.

1979 ‘Mr. Ed’, the talking horse, died. This was not the horse who actually starred on the TV show, but another horse who did publicity work as Mr. Ed. The original Mr. Ed (Bamboo Harvester) died in 1970.

2006 Chicago's oldest restaurant, the 107 year old Berghoff Restaurant closed today. (The Berghoff reorganized and reopened again in 2007).

2007 Alexander King died (born Jan 26, 1909). Scottish scientist. A pioneer in warning about the dangers to the environment from extensive industrial development.

2009 Reduced demand for butter & cheese and falling milk prices are forcing dairy farmers in the U.S. to sell hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to be slaughtered for meat. Estimates are that more than 15% of the 9.3 million dairy cows may be sold for meat.

2010 Rose Gray died (born Jan 28, 1939).  One of the most influential British chefs and restaurateurs of the 20th century. Co-founder and chef of River Cafe in London, "a little piece of Italy on the Thames."


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