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JANUARY 13 - Today in Food History

National Peach Melba Day

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

On this day in:

1808 Salmon Portland Chase was born. He was Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice.

1885 Alfred C. Fuller was born (died Dec 4, 1973). Canadian-born American businessman, founder of the Fuller Brush Company in 1906 in Hartford, Connecticut.

1921 Pierre Franey was born. A French chef who became famous as the chef of 'Le Pavillon' restaurant in New York City from 1945 to 1960. He published several cookbooks and collaborated with Craig Claiborne on the New York Times food column, 'The 60 Minute Gourmet'.

1949 To protect its dairy industry, Prince Edward Island, Canada, bans the sale or manufacture of margarine.

1951 Bernard Loiseau was born (died Feb 24, 2003).  French chef, owner of La Cote d'Or in Saulier, a Michelin three-star recipient.  He committed suicide, supposedly in response to reports that his restaurant might lose one of its 3 stars.

1957 *Production of the Pluto Platter began (renamed Frisbee in 1958)  See Sept 30, 1958 for patent. The pie tins of the Frisbie Pie Company in Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the Frisbee.  *Many sources give Jan 23 as the date. I am not sure which is correct.

1962 Ernie Kovacs, innovative comedian, died. One of Kovacs' first TV appearances was in Philadelphia in 1950 with a chef, Albert Mathis from the Gulph Mills Country Club, in a live unrehearsed cooking show titled 'Deadline for Dinner.'

1968 "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Gladys Knight & Pips is #1 on the charts.

2002 U.S. President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel while watching a football game on TV in the White House.


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