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JANUARY 29 - Today in Food History

National Corn Chip Day

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1850 Lawrence Hargrave was born (died July 6, 1915). Australian aeronaut, he invented the box kite in 1894.

1861 Kansas became the 34th state. Nicknames: The Sunflower State, The Wheat State, The Grasshopper State, The Garden of the West. (Kansas Food Trivia)

1878 The first patent for a glass milk container was issued to George Lester.

1924 Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio received U.S. patent (No. 1,481,813) for an ice cream cone rolling machine.

1934 Fritz Haber died (born Dec 9, 1868). German chemist, he developed a method of synthesizing ammonia directly from nitrogen and hydrogen (1909). This led to large-scale commercial production of nitrogen fertilizer.

1958 The Boston Herald printed a letter from Olga Owens Huckins attacking the pesticide DDT as dangerous. She also wrote to her friend Rachel Carson, which prompted Carson to write 'Silent Spring.'  The public outcry that followed the book’s publication forced the banning of DDT.

1972 'American Pie' by Don McLean was number one on the music charts.

1978 Sweden banned aerosol cans. No more Reddi-Whip.

2004 A 60 ton, 56 foot long sperm whale exploded on a busy street in Tainan, Taiwan. A buildup of gas from internal decay caused the explosion. Researchers were taking the whale by truck to the National Cheng Kung University for a necropsy. The whale had beached itself and died on January 17. No one was injured in the explosion, but blood and entrails showered cars and shops, and traffic was held up for several hours while the mess was cleaned up.


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