JULY 24 - Today in Food History
• National Tequila Day (Tequila, The Town & the Liquor)
• National Drive-Thru Day
• St. Christina of Bolsena, patron of archers, mariners and millers.
On this day in:
1802 Alexandre Dumas was born. French author (‘The Three Musketeers’, etc.) he was also well known as a gourmet. He also wrote 'Grand Dictionnaire de la cuisine,' which he finished a few weeks before his death in 1870, and which was published in 1872.
1910 The first publication of the Paul Bunyan stories of oral folklore, by James MacGillivray in the Detroit News-Tribune. A mythical hero of giant proportions who had an appetite to match his size. His camp stove had a griddle that was greased by men with sides of bacon strapped to their feet.
1933 The first World Grain Exhibition and Conference opened in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Exhibition ran through August 5. (Grain Trivia & Facts)
1935 The temperature in Chicago reached 109 degrees F.
1936 The Army Subsistence Research Laboratory opened. It was devoted solely to developing foods for the Army. One of its first products was the 'Logan Bar,' developed by Paul P. Logan, used in the Army's emergency 'D Ration.' (Military Food Trivia & Facts)
1938 Nestle introduced Nescafe Instant Coffee in Switzerland.
1949 A record muskellunge ('Muskie') caught with rod and reel weighed over 67 pounds and was caught in Hayward, Wisconsin. (Muskie Trivia & Facts)
1959 Then vice president Richard M. Nixon argued with Soviet Leader Nikita Khruschev while Khruschev was touring the United States. They were touring a kitchen at the time, and the discussion became known as the ‘Kitchen Debate’.
1988 A record World's Largest Milk Shake was created in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Weighing more than 54,914 pounds. The shake used 44,689 lbs of ice cream; 9,688 lbs of syrup, and 537 lbs of topping. (Shake Recipes)
2004 Weighing in at 416 pounds, Giovanna Guidoni became Italy’s 16th Miss Cicciona (Miss Chubby) in Forcoli, Italy. Contestants must weigh more than 220 pounds to enter the contest. (Italian Cuisine Articles)