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JANUARY 26 - Today in Food History

National Peanut Brittle Day
• Australia: National Australia Day
• St. Timothy's Day, patron against stomachaches

UK: Breakfast Week (Jan 24-30, 2016) Breakfast Week is an annual celebration championing the importance of breakfast which aims to get the nation to Shake Up Their Wake Up!

On this day in:

1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor.

1838 The first state temperance law was passed in Tennessee.

1861 Samuel Slocum died. He invented a machine to make pins with solid heads and a machine for sticking the pins in a paper holder for sale.

1871 Samuel Hopkins Adams was born (died Nov 16, 1958).  American author and journalist. His series of articles in 1905 about patent medicines ('The Great American Fraud') for Collier's Weekly, led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.

1875 The first battery-powered dentist’s drill was patented by George F Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1904 Ancel Keys was born (died Nov 20, 2004).  An American nutritionist, he developed the lightweight, nutritious K ration used during WW II.  He also identified saturated fats role in causing heart disease.

1909 Alexander King was born (died Feb 28, 2007). Scottish scientist. A pioneer in warning about the dangers to the environment from extensive industrial development.

1915 Corn Products Refining Co. registered 'ARGO' trademark (corn starch).

1925 Paul Newman was born (died Sept 26, 2008). Actor, director, race car driver, etc. Newman also co-founded 'Newman's Own' food company, which donates all profits to charity (amounting to more than $380 million as of 2013).

1932 William Wrigley, Jr. died. He started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father's company. He had a series of sales jobs, one of which gave chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the product, so he was soon marketing his own gum, Juicy Fruit in 1893, and later that year Wrigley's Spearmint. An advertising genius, his company became the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.

1962 Michael Chiarello was born. American celebrity chef, author, winery owner and cooking show host.

1965 Noah W. and Joseph S. McVicker received U.S. patent #3,167,440 for a "Plastic Modeling Composition of a Soft, Pliable Working Consistency", today better known as Play-Doh.  Play-Doh was originally designed as a wallpaper cleaner.

2001 The movies 'Sugar and Spice' and 'The Wedding Planner' debuted in U.S. theaters.

2007 Food writer Sharon Tyler Herbst died. Author of ' The Food Lover's Companion,' 'The Joy of Cookies,' and more than a dozen other books.

2007 'Blood and Chocolate' opened in U.S. theaters.


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