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JULY 16 - Today in Food History

• National Corn Fritters Day (Corn Fritters Recipe)
• National Personal Chefs Day (Feb 26 & July 16)
  (Chefs & Restaurant Business Articles)

On this day in:

1439 In an effort to stop the spread of disease, kissing is banned in England.

1827 Josiah Spode II died. Inventor of Fine Bone China (Spode porcelain). It became the standard English bone china.

1867 Reinforced concrete was patented by F. Joseph Monier. He was a Paris gardener, and developed reinforced concrete to use in garden tubs, beams and posts.

1907 Orville Redenbacher was born. Founder of gourmet popcorn company. (Popcorn Trivia & Facts)

1928 James Harvey Logan died (born Dec 8, 1841). American lawyer and horticulturist. He developed the Loganberry in 1881, a cross between a red raspberry and a wild blackberry. (Raspberry Trivia  --  Blackberry Trivia)

1951 The controversial novel 'Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger was published.

1967 Arlo Guthrie performs a new song, the 20 minute 'Alice's Restaurant', at the Newport Folk Festival.

1980 The California Supreme Court rules that Ted Giannoulas can appear in public in his San Diego Chicken suit as long as it does not have the call letters of the radio station (KGB) that first used it as a promotional gambit.

1981 Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously.

1981 Harry Chapin died (born Dec 7, 1942). American singer-songwriter ('Taxi,' 'Cat's in the Cradle,' etc.). A dedicated humanitarian, a co-founder of the organization World Hunger Year in 1975 and influential in President Jimmy Carter's establishment of the Presidential Commission  on World Hunger in 1977. Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1987 for his humanitarian work.

2004 The City Manager of Key West, Florida fired its Official Chicken Catcher. Armando Parra was hired in January to catch and relocate some of the more than 2,000 'wild' chickens that roam this small island city. They did not feel he would meet his contract quota to relocate 1,000 chickens by September.

2006 Robert H. Brooks died (born Feb 6, 1937). Founder of Naturally Fresh Foods in 1966 and helped create The Hooters restaurant chain.

2016 After 57 years, New York City landmark restaurant The Four Seasons, closed at its Seagram Building location at 375 Park Avenue. It will relocate 3 blocks south, hoping for a late 2017 opening.


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