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JULY 1 - Today in Food History

• Early Bird Day.
• National Gingersnap Day (Gingersnap Recipe)
• Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day [?] (Ice Cream Recipes)

On this day in:

1860 Charles Goodyear died.  He invented the process named 'vulcanization' which made the commercial use of rubber possible. Vulcanized rubber didn't become brittle in winter and turn gummy in summer as natural rubber did.

1874 The Philadelphia Zoo opened, the first zoological gardens in the U.S.

1896 Harriet Beecher Stowe died (born 6/14/1811).  Sister of Catherine Beecher.  Harriet was an American abolitionist and author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852).  She was also co-author with her sister Catherine of 'The American Woman's Home: Or, Principles Of Domestic Science; Being A Guide To The Formation And Maintenance Of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, And Christian Homes' (1869).

1910 Ward Baking Company of Chicago, Illinois opened the first completely automated bread plant in the U.S.
  (Bread Trivia  --  Bread Recipes  --  Bread Tips)

1916 Coca-Cola started using their new contoured bottle to stay ahead of the competition. (Coca-Cola Trivia)
(Some sources list November 16, 1915).

1929 Elzie Segar created Popeye, the spinach eating cartoon character. (Spinach Trivia  --  Spinach Recipes)
(Also listed as January 17, and April 11 in some sources)

1936 Wally Amos, Jr. born. Creator of ‘Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies’. He sold the name, and now makes ‘Uncle Noname’ chocolate chip cookies.
  (Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia)

1942 Leon Daudet died. French journalist and novelist, well known gastronome of his time.

1953 Cheez Whiz was introduced nationwide by Kraft.
  (Cheese Whiz Trivia)

1963 Five digit Zip Codes are introduced for U.S. mail.

1999 Forrest Edward Mars died. Son of Frank C. Mars, he helped him develop the Milky Way candy bar. He founded his own company in Europe and developed the Mars Bar, and also created M&Ms. He merged his company with his father's in 1964, creating the world's largest candy manufacturer.

2007 NY City restaurants have until July 1, 2007 to eliminate oils, margarines and shortening from recipes that contain more than a half-gram of trans fat per serving.  By July 1, 2008, they will have to remove all menu items that exceed the new limit, including bread, cakes, chips and salad dressings. (Trans Fat Trivia/Facts)

2008 MillerCoors, the joint venture between brewers SABMiller and Molson Coors began operation as a combined entity. (see also Oct 9, 2007)

2009 Utah bars are now open to the public, ending the states private club system, which required patrons fill out a separate application and pay a membership fee for each bar. (Utah Food Trivia  --  Utah Food Festivals)


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