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JULY 12 - Today in Food History

• National Pecan Pie Day
  (Pecan Pie Recipes  --  Pecan Trivia & Facts)

• St. Veronica's Day, patron of laundresses.

Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin - Running of the Bulls
Pamplona, Spain (July 7-14, 2017)

On this day in:

1730 Josiah Wedgwood was born. English inventor, artist, world renowned pottery designer and manufacturer. His daughter, Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin.

1817 Henry David Thoreau was Born. American author, philosopher, and naturalist. Author of 'Walden; or, Life in the Woods.'

1834 David Douglas died (born June 25, 1799). A Scottish botanist, he collected plants in Scotland, North America and Hawaii. The Douglas Fir is named for him. He was gored or crushed to death in Hawaii by a wild bull when he fell into an animal trap pit with the bull.

William Goodale of Massachusetts patented a paper bag manufacturing machine. At one time this was a very hot field of research. (Paper Bag Trivia)

1861 or 1864 George Washington Carver was born (exact year is unknown). African American botanist, educator, agricultural chemist and innovator. He developed hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. He established the George Washington Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee, for agricultural research.

1873 It is reported that it rained frogs in Kansas City, Missouri. (Missouri Food Trivia  --  MO Food Festivals)

1920 President Woodrow Wilson 'officially' proclaimed the opening of the Panama Canal. The first ship actually passed through the canal on August 15, 1914, but clean-up operations and the start of WW I put off the originally scheduled grand celebration.

1934 Ole Evinrude died. He invented the first practical outboard motor in 1909. The idea came to him while rowing a boat to a picnic one day. He decided there must be an easier way to move a small boat on the water.

1948 Richard Simmons was born. Creator of the weight loss program, ‘Sweatin' to the Oldies’.

1962 In Pennsylvania, a garbage dump begins to burn underground, and the fire spreads to nearby coal mining tunnels. It was still burning in 1984. It may still be burning.

1982 The last Checker taxi cab rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


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