JULY 11 - Today in Food History
• World Population Day (United Nations, since 1990; to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development)
• National Blueberry Muffin Day
(Blueberry Muffin Recipes)
• National Rainier Cherry Day [rainierfruit.com]
(Cherry Trivia and Facts)
• National Mojito Day
• Cow Appreciation Day (July 11, 2017 - sponsored by Chick-fil-A fast food chain. Wear a cow costume - get a free meal)
• Feast of Theano, patron of vegetarianism.
• St. Benedict of Narsia feast day, patron of farm workers
• Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin - Running of the Bulls
Pamplona, Spain (July 7-14, 2017)
On this day in:
1792 The first issue of the 'Farmer's Almanac' was published by Robert Bailey Thomas (the 1793 issue). Now called 'Old Farmer's Almanac'. (Some sources list the date as October 13, others November 25)
1826 John Fowler born. Fowler was an English engineer who helped develop the 'steam-hauled' plow and several other specialty use plows.
1838 John Wanamaker was born (died Dec 12, 1922). American innovative businessman, founder of Wanamaker's department store. Wanamaker's was first store in U.S. with electric arc lamps, first with a telephone, first to offer money back guarantee. He also financed Anna Jarvis's successful campaign to recognize Mother's Day as an official holiday.
1950 According to the U.N., world population was 2½ billion people.
1964 'My Boy Lollipop' sung by Millie Small was number 2 on the charts.
1985 Dr. Harlan Stone announced he had developed zippers to use in place of stitches after operations on patients who might require a second operation.
1987 According to the U.N., world population hit 5 billion.
2011 According to the U.N., world population edged to 7 billion people.
2012 The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states natural disaster areas due to widespread drought in the Midwest.