FEBRUARY 3 - Today in Food History
• National Carrot Cake Day
• Japan: Setsubun (Bean Throwing Festival) Feb 3 or 4
• UK: Bramley Apple Week (Feb 2-8, 2015)
• African Heritage & Health Week February 1-7, 2015
(commemorates the foods, flavors and healthy cooking techniques that were core to the wellbeing of African ancestors from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the American South.)
On this day in:
1468 Johannes Gutenberg died. He invented the method of printing from moveable type. One of the important innovations in his method was a new press, similar to the screw presses used in winemaking.
1815 The world's first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
1819 Stephen McCormick received a patent for a cast iron plow with replaceable parts.
1821 Elizabeth Blackwell was born (died May 31, 1910). First woman to receive an M.D. degree from a U.S. medical school (1849).
1823 Spencer Fullerton Baird was born. An American naturalist and zoologist, he was the second Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It gave Congress the power to levy taxes on income. In 1913 less than 1% of the population paid income tax at the rate of 1%.
1916 The Cafe Voltaire opened in Zurich, Switzerland. It became a meeting place for members of the Dada movement in art and literature.
1946 Chicken Shack guitarist Stan Webb was born today.
1947 The lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada was -83°F at Snag in Yukon Territory.
1959 The day the music died. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) are killed in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.
1962 'Peppermint Twist - Part I' by Joey Dee and the Starliters is number 1 on the music charts.
1966 The U.S. launched its first weather satellite, ESSA-1.
1968 The Lemon Pipers single 'Green Tambourine' was number 1 on the U.S. singles chart.
1991 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 29 cents and post cards to 19 cents.
2006 Del Monte announced it was no longer economically feasible to grow pineapple in Hawaii and would cease its Hawaiian pineapple operation in two years.