JANUARY 22 - Today in Food History
• National Blonde Brownie (‘Blondie’) Day
• National Hot Sauce Day (Why are Chili Peppers Hot?)
[The Scoville Heat Scale: ChilliWorld.com]
• Feast of St. Vincent, patron of wine growers and vinegar makers.
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'
1934 Graham Kerr was born. British chef, cookbook author and televison cooking host. Best known for the cooking show 'The Galloping Gourmet' (produced in Canada).
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.
(Beer Trivia & Facts)
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.
(Florida Food Trivia)
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.
2012 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 45 cents and post cards to 32 cents.