FEBRUARY 9 - Today in Food History
• National Pizza Day
(Pizza: History -- Pizza Trivia -- Pizza Recipes)
• National Bagels and Lox Day (Bagel Trivia)
• St. Apollonia's Day, patron of dentists.
On this day in:
1854 Coffee County, Georgia was founded.
1870 The creation of the U.S. Weather Service (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress.
1883 Garnet Carter was born (died July 21, 1954). He opened the first miniature golf course on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee in 1926. He patented it under the name 'Tom Thumb Golf’. Within 5 years there were more than 25,000 miniature golf courses in the U.S.
1889 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was established as a Cabinet level agency.
1899 Minnesota's new record low temperature:
59 degrees F below zero at Leech Lake Dam.
1894 Hershey's Chocolate Company was founded as a subsidiary of Milton S. Hershey's Lancaster Caramel Company.
1895 Volleyball (originally called 'Mintonette') is invented by William G. Morgan, the physical education director at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
1901 Fred Harvey died in Leavenworth, Kansas. Born in 1835 in London, Frederick Henry Harvey, was an American restaurateur who operated a chain of restaurants called the 'Harvey House,' and a series of railroad dining cars and hotels. The restaurants were opened along the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, and were staffed by ‘Harvey Girls’, who over the years numbered in the thousands. Will Rogers said Harvey "kept the West in food and wives."
1909 Carmen Miranda was born. Brazilian singer and actress. Appeared in many Hollywood movies, she was known as "the Brazilian bombshell” and also "the lady in the tutti-frutti hat."
1943 Harry and David Holmes (Bear Creek Orchards) registered "Harry and David" trademark (fresh fruits).
1960 Adolph Coors, grandson of the Coors brewery founder, was kidnapped and held for ransom. He was later found shot to death.
2001 The American submarine USS Greenville accidentally strikes and sinks a Japanese fishing & high school training ship, the Ehime-Maru. Nine crew members of the Ehime Maru and 4 high school students were drowned. The submarine was practicing an emergency rapid surfacing maneuver at the time.