Today in Food History
• Bittersweet Chocolate Day
• UK: National Potato Days (Jan 9/10, 2016)
• Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan 10-16, 2016)
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1654 Nicholas Culpeper died (born Oct 18, 1616). English botanist and herbalist. He published the 'Complete Herbal' (1653) containing a comprehensive list of English medicinal herbs and their uses.
1778 Carolus Linnaeus died. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the modern system for defining and naming plants.
1839 Indian tea became available in Britain for the first time. Up until this time only tea from China had been available, and that was very expensive. The development and import of Indian tea brought the price down so all could afford it, and it quickly became the national drink.
1863 London's Metropolitan, the first underground passenger railroad opened to the public at 6 a.m.
1899 David Misell was issued a U.S. patent for the first battery operated flashlight.
1901 A well on Spindletop Hill in Texas struck oil, the largest 'gusher' the world had ever seen. It shot oil 150 feet high at a rate of 100,000 barrels a day.
1917 William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody died (born Feb 26, 1846) American frontiersman, buffalo hunter & Indian scout.
1919 Restaurateur Milton Parker was born. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.
1953 Otto Schnering died (born Oct 9, 1891). Founder of the Curtiss Candy Company in 1916. The company's first candy product was named Kandy Kake, renamed Baby Ruth in 1921. The Butterfinger candy bar was introduced in 1926.
1969 The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post was published. 1821-1969
1977 Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.
1984 Wendy's 'Where's the Beef?' ad campaign began. Burgers aren’t just for kids anymore.
1999 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 33 cents.