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JANUARY 11 - Today in Food History

• Milk Day (see 1878 below)
• Hot Toddy Day
• Japan: Kagami-Biraki (Rice Cakes Festival). The round rice cakes (kagami mochi) that were offered to the deities that visit on New Year's are broken into pieces (kagami biraki) and eaten.

Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan 10-16, 2016)

On this day in:

1770 Benjamin Franklin sent "some of the true rhubarb seed" from London to his friend John Bartram in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1807 Ezra Cornell was born. Cornell was one of the founders of the Western Union Telegraph Co. He endowed Cornell University, an agricultural land grant university which opened in 1868. Today, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, offers many programs, including Agricultural and Life Sciences, Hotel Administration, and Nutritional Sciences.

1836 John Molson died (born Dec 28, 1763). Founder of Molson Brewing Company in Montreal, Canada.

1874 Gail Borden died. Borden was the Inventor of the process for making condensed milk, and founder of New York Condensed Milk Co., later to become the Borden Co. (Remember Elsie the Cow?)

1878 In Brooklyn, New York, milk was supposedly delivered to homes in glass bottles for the first time, rather than being ladled from metal cans.

1911 A record low temperature of -61.1°C (-77.98°F) was supposedly recorded at Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Canada.

1917 The French government regulated the price of Gruyere cheese as a war rationing method.

1949 The first recorded snowfall in Los Angeles, California.

1963 The 'Whisky A Go-Go' opens in Los Angeles - the first disco in the U.S.

1964 U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying that cigarettes cause lung cancer.

1967 Canada's tallest hotel, the 38-story Chateau Champlain opened in Montreal, Quebec.

2005 A third case of mad cow disease is discovered in Canada, probably infected from use of banned contaminated feed.

2010 Dutch brewer Heineken acquired all of Femsa's Mexican beer operations which includes Dos Equis, Sol and Tecate brand beers.


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