JANUARY 25 - Today in Food History
• National Irish Coffee Day
• UK: National Potato Day (Jan 25/26, 2015)
• UK: Farmhouse Breakfast Week (Jan 25-31, 2015)
On this day in:
1759 Robert Burns was born (died July 21, 1796). Scottish poet, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. His poem 'Auld Lang Syne,' set to the tune of a traditional folk song, is traditionally sung at midnight to celebrate the start of the New Year.
1799 Eliakim Spooner of Vermont patented a gravity feed seed planting machine. It was not until 1840 that a truly practical seed planting machine was developed.
1858 Mendelssohn's famous ‘Wedding March’ was first performed at a royal wedding. Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, the oldest child of Queen Victoria, married Frederick William IV of Prussia.
1870 Gustavus D. Dows received U.S. patent No. 99,170 for an "Improvement in Soda-Fountains"
1874 British author, W. Somerset Maugham was born. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: 'Cakes and Ale', 'The Alien Corn' and 'The Breadwinner.'
1906 Helen Corbitt was born (died: Jan 16, 1978). American chef and cookbook author. Texas Monthly declared Corbitt to be the 'Tastemaker of the Century.'
1924 The First Winter Olympics open at Chamonix, in the French Alps.
1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water, to reduce tooth decay.
1959 American Airlines opened the jet age in the U.S. with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
1969 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye was number one on the music charts.
1974 Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain, bought the San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million.
1993 Sears announced the closing of the catalog sales department after 97 years.