FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE
1785 to 1789
1785 Oliver Evans of Newport, Delaware invented the automatic flour-milling machinery that revolutionized the industry.
1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions - carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture is founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
1785 John James Audubon was born. Ornithologist, naturalist and artist, known mainly for his paintings and sketches of North American birds.
1785 The beer-pump handle was patented by Joseph Bramah.
1786 Thomas Nuttall was born. English naturalist and botanist. He also collected and studied plants in the United States, especially around the Chesapeake Bay area.
1786 In New York City, the first commercially made ice cream is offered.
1787 William Bass died (born 1717). English brewer, founder of Bass Brewery in 1777 in Burton-on-Trent.
1787 ‘Botanical Magazine’ was first published in London, edited by William Curtis.
1788 Australia Day. In 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor.
1788 Sarah Josepha Hale was born (died 1879). Author, editor (Ladies' Magazine, Godey's Lady's Book). She was influential in having Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Author of the poem 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'; Hale also founded the Seaman's Aid Society in 1833.
1788 The state of Georgia issued Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet a patent for a steam engine.
1789 President George Washington signed a proclamation declaring "Thursday the 26th day of November" as the first national Thanksgiving Day under the Constitution.
1789 Samuel Osgood was appointed as the first Postmaster General under the Constitution.
1789 The New Jersey legislature passed an act fining anyone who picked cranberries before October 10.
1789 The most famous mutiny in history took place on the English ship, 'Bounty', against Captain William Bligh. The ship was sailing to Tahiti to bring back breadfruit trees.
1789 Anders Dahl died. A renowned Swedish botanist, the Dahlia flower was named for him.
1789 Mrs. Alexander Hamilton served a new dessert treat for General George Washington. The highlight of the dinner party was ice cream! And all this time you thought that Dolley Madison was responsible.
1789 Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
1789 Thomas Jefferson brought a pasta making machine back with him when he returned to America after serving as ambassador to France.
1789 Dr. Pierre Ordinaire creates an 'absinthe elixir' in Switzerland. The formula is acquired in 1797 by Major Dubied and his son-in-law Henri-Louis Pernod.