JULY 18 - Today in Food History
• National Caviar Day (Caviar Description & Facts)
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64 AD The Great Fire of Rome begins and burns for a week. Rumors accuse Emperor Nero of ordering the burning of the city while he played his lyre as 70% of the city was destroyed. (Italian Cuisine Articles)
1720 Gilbert White was born (died June 26, 1793). English naturalist known as the “father of English natural history.” Author of 'The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne,' a classic work of natural history which has been in print continuously since 1789.
1818 A plague of grasshoppers devastates crops and everything green in Red River, Manitoba.
(Grasshopper Trivia and Facts)
1867 36 inches of rain fell in 36 hours at Sauk Center, Minnesota. (Minnesota Food Trivia -- MN Festivals)
1892 Thomas Cook died. In 1841 Cook hired a special excursion train between Leicester and Loughborough in England for a temperance meeting. The beginning of Thomas Cook & Son, the worldwide travel agency.
1935 Curtis and Prestley Blake founded Friendly Ice Cream Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts
1936 The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is invented. It is a giant hot dog on wheels. Invented by Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, it was built by General Body Company at Chicago, Illinois. There are now a fleet of six. (Hot Dog Trivia and Facts)
1936 Elizabeth Coblentz was born in Berne, Indiana (died Sept 17, 2002). Syndicated Amish cooking columnist and cookbook author (The Amish Cook, The Amish Cook Cookbook, An Amish Christmas, etc.).
1949 Wally Bryson of the music group 'The Raspberries' was born.
1968 'Grazing In The Grass' by Hugh Masekela is #1 on the charts
1994 Crayola introduced scented crayons.
2013 The city of Detroit, Michigan files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. (Michigan Food Trivia -- Mich Festivals)