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JULY 3 - Today in Food History

• National Chocolate Wafer Day
• National Eat Beans Day

On this day in:

1806 Michael Keens presented the first cultivated strawberry combining flavor and appearance, at the Royal Horticultural Society. ".... I have for a considerable time employed myself in raising new varieties from seed, which has been not only a source of great amusement to me, but also very profitable in my profession."

1844 The last pair of Great Auks was killed near Iceland. They had been hunted to extinction for food and bait. Great Auks (Garefowl) were almost 3 feet tall, with short wings, similar to penguins. They were flightless, which made them vulnerable to hunters.

1857 Anna Maria Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford died (born Sept. 3, 1783). Originator of British Afternoon Tea during the late 1830s. (

1890 Idaho became the 43rd state, the Potato State.

1908 M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher) was born (died June 22, 1992).  Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was an American food critic and writer and the author of various articles, essays and books about food. She also translated Brillat-Savarin's 'The Physiology of Taste' in 1949.

1922 ‘Fruit Garden & Home Magazine' was founded. Two years later it was renamed ‘Better Homes & Gardens’.

Clarence Birdseye, with the financial backing of W. Hodges, W. Gamage, B. Jones, I.L. Rice and J.J. Barry, founded the General Seafood Corporation. The birth of the frozen food industry.

1929 Unusual uses for kitchen appliances: Foam rubber was developed at Dunlop Laboratories. British scientist E.A. Murphy used a kitchen mixer to whip natural latex rubber.

1954 Rationing finally ended in Britain, almost nine years after the end of World War II.

1985 The honey bee was designated the official state insect of Missouri on July 3, 1985.

2005 Gaylord Nelson died (born June 4, 1916)  Former senator and governor of Wisconsin. He was the founder of Earth Day in 1970, and helped spawn modern environmental activism. (see Earth Day: April 22).


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