JANUARY 30 - Today in Food History
• National Croissant Day
On this day in:
1516 Duke Wilhalm IV of Bavaria instituted Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law, and probably the first consumer protection law.
1649 Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland Died. Ice cream is said to have come from France when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.
1847 Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco.
1868 Charles Darwin's 'Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication.' was published.
1883 Charles Gulden of New York received U.S. patent # 271,237 for a 'Cap for Mustard Bottles.'
(Mustard Trivia & Facts -- Mustard Recipes)
1888 Asa Gray died. A leading American botanist of his time and a supporter of Darwin, he co-authored 'Flora of North America' with John Torrey.
1906 The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) registered 'NECCO Sweets' trademark for candy.
(New England Confectionery Co. History & Trivia)
1910 Granville T. Woods died (born April 23, 1856). Prolific African American inventor. Among his inventions were an electric incubator for hatching chickens and an automatic air brake for railroads.
1912 The California Fruit Growers Exchange registered 'Sunkist' trademark for lemons. (California Food Trivia)
1912 The Hawaiian Pineapple Company registered 'JDDole' trademark for canned pineapple.
1933 Sponsored by General Mills, the first episode of the 'Long Ranger' was broadcast on radio station WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan.
1947 Steve Marriot of the music group 'Humble Pie' was born.
1951 Ferdinand Porsche died. He was an Austrian engineer who designed the VW Beetle in 1935.
1969 The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of Apple Studios.
1991 The Hudson's Bay Company (founded in 1670 as a fur trading company) announces it is selling its fur business due to declining sales.
2009 A pro-vegetarian Super Bowl ad from animal rights group Peta was too raunchy for NBC. They turned down the ad featuring several nearly naked models becoming very intimate with a pumpkin, broccoli, asparagus, and eggplant, with the flashing message "Studies show vegetarians have better sex."
2009 Restaurateur Milton Parker died at the age of 90. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.