JULY 30 - Today in Food History
• National Cheesecake Day
• St. Abdon's Day, patron of barrel makers.
• National Salad Week (July 25-31)
On this day in:
1739 Caspar Wistar founded the first successful large scale glass factory in the U.S. in Allowaystown, New Jersey.
1838 It supposedly rained frogs in London.
1849 Jacob Perkins died. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression.
1916 Dick Wilson was born (died Nov 19, 2007). Actor who played the role of Mr Whipple in Charmin toilet paper TV commercials - "Please don't squeeze the Charmin."
1946 Jeffrey Hammond of the music group 'Jethro Tull' was born.
1956 Singer Brenda Lee recorded 'Jambalaya' during her first recording session for Decca Records.
1962 Alton Brown was born. American celebrity chef and author. Host of Food Network TV shows ‘Good Eats’, ‘Iron Chef America’ and ‘Next Iron Chef’, ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’, etc. (Website: http://altonbrown.com/)
1963 Lisa Marie Diane Kudrow was born. American actress, her first major TV role was as the strange waitress on 'Mad About You.'
1968 'Apple,' the Beatles (Apple Corps) clothing store in London closed (opened, Dec 5, 1967).
2010 The movie 'Dinner for Schmucks' opened in U.S. theaters.
2013 A New York appeals court upheld a ruling that the New York City Board of Health exceeded its authority when it tried to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces.