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FEBRUARY 6 - Today in Food History

- New Zealand: National Day
- National Frozen Yogurt Day (Feb 6, 2014)
- Feast of St. Amand, patron of bartenders, brewers, vintners
- St. Dorothy's Day, patron of brewers, gardeners and florists

- UK: Bramley Apple Week (Feb 2-8, 2014)
- African Heritage & Health Week February 1-7, 2014
(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.)

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1617 Prospero Alpini died. An Italian physician and botanist, he is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe and to have been the first to artificially fertilize date palms.

1685 Charles II, king of England, died. Known as the 'Merry Monarch.' Tea was introduced to England during his reign. On December 23, 1675, he issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he had to revoke it on January 8, 1676.

1796 John Stevens Henslow was born. This British clergyman and botanist was a mentor of Charles Darwin. To help get farmers to apply scientific methods, he gave lectures on the fermentation of manure. He also showed Irish farmers how to get starch from rotten potatoes during the potato famine of 1845-1846.

1864 Frederic Tudor died (born Sept 4, 1783). 'The Ice King' He created an export trade for block ice harvested from frozen ponds in New England during the winter.  The ice was shipped in insulated cargo holds to the Carribbean, India and Europe and stored in insulated warehouses.

1865 A horse meat banquet is held at the Grand Hotel in Paris.

1865 Isabella Beeton died (born, March 12, 1836).  A famous Victorian home economist, author of 'Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management.'  The book, popularly known as 'Mrs Beeton's Cookbook,' contained a compilation of over 900 recipes and advice on all aspects of running a middle class household.

1898 Rudolf Karl George Friedrich Leuckart died. A German zoologist and pioneer in the modern study of parasites. He showed that trichinosis was caused by a worm-like parasite.

1914 Thurl Ravenscroft was born (died May 22, 2005). Voice actor best known as the voice of 'Tony the Tiger' in Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials - "They're grrrreeat!"

1985 Perrier introduced Perrier with 'a twist of lemon' - its first new product in 125 years.


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