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JANUARY 24 - Today in Food History

• National Peanut Butter Day (See also 1956 below).
  (Peanut Butter Trivia  ---  Peanut Butter Quotes).

• Beer Can Appreciation Day (See 1935 below)

On this day in:

1639 Connecticut established as a self-ruled colony (Jan 14 OS). (Connecticut Food Trivia)

1894 Lobster Thermidor is created at the Paris restaurant Maire, to honor the opening of Victorien Sardou's play, 'Thermidor', at Comedie-Francaise.

1922 Eskimo Pie Patent Day. Christian K. Nelson, an ice cream salesman in Onawa, Iowa, was issued patent #1,404,539 for the Eskimo Pie.  Described as "in its simplest form, a block or brick or frozen confection within an edible container or shell. The core or center may be an ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, ice, or other material congealed by refrigeration." The shell "like that used in coating chocolate candies, although preferably modified to harden at a lower temperature."
(Eskimo Pie Trivia)

1930 Bernard Matthews was born (died Nov 25, 2010).  Founder of Bernard Matthews Farms Ltd., Britain's largest turkey processor.

1935 The beer can (created by the American Can Co.) was introduced in Richmond, Virginia by the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, New Jersey. The products were Krueger's Finest Beer and Krueger's Cream Ale. (Can Trivia & Facts)

1939 Maximilian Bircher-Benner died. He was a Swiss doctor who developed the cereal product 'Muesli,' which is similar to Granola. (History of Granola)

1940 The movie 'The Grapes of Wrath' premiers in New York.  Based on John Steinbeck's novel about a poor Midwest family forced off their land during the Great Depression (see also Feb 27, 1941).

1950 Percy L. Spencer received a patent (No. 2,495,429) for the microwave oven, "Method of Treating Foodstuffs."
(see also July 19, 1894  ---  Microwave Oven Trivia)

1956 Procter & Gamble introduces Jif Peanut Butter.

1984 The first Apple Macintosh computers were sold. (see also January 22, 1984)

1985 Coca-Cola announced it had received permission to sell Coca-Cola in the Soviet Union.
(Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)

1988 Charles Glen King died. King was a biochemist who discovered vitamin C in 1932. He extracted and isolated it from lemon juice. (Vitamin C Trivia & Facts)

1996 The U.S. FDA approved the fat substitute Olestra (brand name 'Olean').  Olestra is unapproved for sale in many countries, including the European Union and Canada.  Side effects include abdominal cramps, and inhibition of vitamin absorption.

2006 Nicholas Shackleton died (born June 23, 1937).  English geologist and paleoclimatologist who helped identify carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.



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