JANUARY 27 - Today in Food History
• National Chocolate Cake Day
On this day in:
1521 The Diet of Worms begins. Not a fad diet, but the assembly of the Holy Roman Empire at which Martin Luther made his famous appearance.
1832 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born. Dodgson's pen name was Lewis Carroll. He was an English mathematician and creator of ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’. Alice had a habit of eating and drinking unknown substances.
1851 John James Audubon died. Ornithologist, naturalist and artist, known mainly for his paintings and sketches of North American birds.
1880 Thomas Edison was granted patent Patent No. 223,898 for electric lamps giving light by incandescence (patent application filed Nov 4, 1879).
1888 The National Geographic Society was officially incorporated.
1910 Thomas Crapper died. He is the frequently said to have invented the flush toilet. He was a plumber, he had several patents issued, but they seem to be improvements to devices invented by others.
1918 The first Tarzan movie was released, the silent film 'Tarzan of the Apes'
1922 Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran) died. In 1889 Bly successfully completed an attempt to beat the record of Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg to go 'Around the World in Eighty Days'. Bly was a U.S. newspaper reporter and completed the journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
1933 In Saskatchewan, Canada, record setting hen Lady Victorine died after laying her 694th egg.
1940 David Murray Cowie died (born 1872). An American pediatrician, he was a pioneer in convincing table salt producers to add iodine to their product to reduce the incidence of goiter (swelling of the thyroid gland) in the U.S.
1950 'Science' magazine announce the discovery of the new antibiotic, terramyacin. What made it unusual is that Pfizer & Co. had discovered the antibiotic in a soil sample from Indiana. Pfizer had been searching soil samples from around the world for new bacteria fighting organisms.
1962 'The Peppermint Twist - Part 1' was number 1 on the music charts.
1970 James M. Schlatter of G.D. Searle & Co. received U.S. patent No. 3,492,131 for the peptide sweetening agent, aspartame, which would be marketed as NutraSweet in 1981.
1984 Michael Jackson's hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial.
2005 Procter & Gamble announced it agreed to buy Gillette for $57 billion, combining some of the world's best known household brands.
2006 The last Western Union Telegrams are sent. Western Union ended its Telegram service today.
2010 J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger died (born Jan 1, 1919). Author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' (1951).
2013 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 46 cents and post cards to 33 cents.