FEBRUARY 8 - Today in Food History
• Molasses Bar Day (Cookie Bar Recipes)
• Feast of St. Meingold, patron of bakers
On this day in:
1795 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was born. A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice. (Beets & Beetroot Trivia)
1839 American and Canadian loggers clash in the Aroostook war, sometimes called 'the Pork and Beans War' (1838-39), over the boundry between the British colony of New Brunswick and the U.S. state of Maine along the St. Croix River. The U.S. and Britain settled the bloodless dispute with the Webster-Ashburton Treaty signed August 9, 1842 in Aroostook, New Brunswick. [More info: New England Historical Society]
1878 Elias Fries died (born Aug 15, 1794). Considered one of the fathers of mycology, he developed the first system used to classify fungi. His 3-volume work, ‘Systema mycologicum’ (1821-32) is still an important source for nomenclature of fungi.
(Fungus Trivia & Facts -- Mushrooms & Fungi Articles)
1886 Wilhelm Koppers was born. This cultural anthropologist developed theories on the origins of society based on studies of hunter-gatherer tribes.
1898 John Ames Sherman of Worcester, Massachusetts received U.S. patent No. 598,716 for the first machine to fold and seal envelopes.
1910 The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
1922 U.S. President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.
1925 Actor Jack Lemmon was born. A couple of his film titles: 'The Fortune Cookie' and 'Days of Wine and Roses'
1946 Felix Hoffman died (born Jan 21, 1868). German chemist who first synthesized aspirin in 1897. (see also Feb 27, 1900)
1946 Canned Heat drummer Adolfo De La Parra was born today.
1946 Paul Wheatbread, drummer with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, was born today.
2014 The first McDonald's restaurant in Vietnam opened in Ho Chi Minh City. (McDonald’s Trivia)
2014 'Drink a Beer' by Luke Bryan is number 1 on the country music charts.