Today in Food History
- National Blonde Brownie Day
- Feast of St. Vincent, patron of wine growers and vinegar makers.
- Healthy Weight Week (Jan 19-25, 2014)
On this day in:
1561 Francis Bacon, Viscount Saint Albans, Baron of Verulam aka Sir Francis Bacon, was born. Lawyer, statesman, philosopher, etc.
1832 Mary Ludwig Hays ('Molly Pitcher') died (born Oct 13, 1754). Most famous of the American Revolutionary War soldier's wives who brought water to soldiers on the battlefront - nicknamed 'Molly Pitchers'
1892 Coca-Cola incorporated.
1939 Jeff Smith was born (died July 7, 2004). TV's 'Frugal Gourmet' and cookbook author.
1959 The 7 oz. seamless, recyclable aluminum beer can is introduced by Coors of Golden, Colorado.
1972 The album 'American Pie' by Don Mclean began a seven weeks run at #1 on the U.S. charts.
1980 ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’ by Rupert Holmes is #1 on the charts.
1984 The Apple Macintosh computer was introduced in a TV commercial ("1984") during Super Bowl XVIII. Two days later they went on sale to the public.
1985 Two days of record breaking cold temperatures damaged 90% of Florida's orange and grapefruit crop.
1988 The first airport cow lounge. Schiphol airport in Amsterdam opened a special departure lounge for cows, serving pre-flight food and drink to traveling cattle.
1994 Actor Telly Savalas died today (born Jan 21, 1922). In the TV series 'Kojak' he played tough NY City detective Lt. Kojak who had a fondness for Tootsie Roll Pops (lollipops).
1997 Lottie Williams, 48, of Tulas, Oklahoma became the only person known to have been hit by man made debris from space. She was struck on the shoulder while walking in a park, by a small piece of a used Delta II rocket that had been used to launch a military satellite in April, 1996.
1999 'Have You Ever?' by Brandy is #1 on the charts.
2000 Craig Claiborne died (born Sept 4, 1920). Influential American food writer, cookbook author. Food editor and restaurant critic for the NY Times.