JANUARY 8 - Today in Food History
• National English Toffee Day
• Feast of St. Erhard of Regensburg, patron of bakers.
• National Pizza Week (Jan 3-9, 2016 - 2nd week)
On this day in:
1676 Charles II of England revoked his previous proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses due to public response. (See Dec 23, 1675)
1800 The first soup kitchens in London were opened to serve the poor.
1823 Alfred Russel Wallace was born. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
1825 Eli Whitney died. Inventor of the cotton gin, but more important he developed the concept of mass producing interchangeable parts.
1856 Dr John A Veatch discovered large deposits of borax in Tuscan Springs, California. Borax has many uses including in household laundry and cleaning products such as '20 Mule Team Borax'
1872 African American inventor Thomas Elkins received his second patent. It was for a ‘Chamber Commode’ - a combination "bureau, mirror, book-rack, washstand, table, easy chair, and earth-closet or chamber-stool."
1894 Pierre Joseph van Beneden died. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.
1926 Comedian 'Soupy Sales' (Milton Supman) was born (died Oct 22, 2009). Best known for his children's TV show 'Lunch with Soupy Sales.' Most of his routines ended with Soupy receiving a pie in the face.
1940 Britain's Ministry of Food instituted rationing of butter, sugar and bacon.
1945 Brantford, Ontario is the first Canadian community to fluoridate its water supply.
1964 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a war on poverty.
1982 AT&T settles antitrust lawsuit by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System telephone companies.
1987 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000 for the first time, closing at 2,002.25.
1992 President George H.W. Bush becomes ill on a trip to Japan and vomits on Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi.
1997 Melvin Ellis Calvin died (born April 8, 1911), An American biochemist he was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for furthering our knowledge of the mechanism of photosynthesis in green plants.
1998 Walter E. Diemer died. While working for the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, he experimented with recipes for chewing gum as a hobby. (He really liked his gum!). He invented bubble gum in 1928.
2002 Dave Thomas founder of Wendy's Hamburger chain died (born July 2, 1932).
2004 The world's largest Ocean Liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, is christened.
2006 U.S. 1st class postage rates are raised to 39 cents and post cards to 24 cents.