JULY 6 - Today in Food History
• National Fried Chicken Day
• Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin - Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain (July 6-15, 2014)
• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 5-13, 2014)
[Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]
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1615 Furuta Oribe died. His original name was Furuta Shigenari. He was a Japanese master of the tea ceremony who studied under Sen Riky. His ideas influenced the tea ceremony, teahouse architecture, tea-garden landscaping and even flower arrangement.
1766 Alexander Wilson was born. Scottish naturalist, ornithologist and poet. Founder of American ornithology.
1799 Michael Thomas Bass, Jr. was born (died April 29, 1884). Grandson of Bass Brewery founder, William Bass. He took control of the company in 1827, and by 1881 Bass was the largest brewery in the world.
1849 Minnesota's first brewery is opened by Anthony Yoerg in St. Paul.
1869 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa died. Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa imported 1,400 varieties of grapevines to California in 1862 and planted the first large vineyard in California in the Sonoma Valley. After the devastating phylloxera blight decimated the European vineyards, some of these same vines, now on resistant American root stock, helped rescue the European vineyards.
1886 Horlick's of Wisconsin offered the first malted milk for sale to the public. Horlick's developed the process to dehydrate milk, and patented it in 1883, calling it Malted Milk. The company originally produced a food for babies and invalid's, that could be shipped without spoiling.
1915 Lawrence Hargrave died (born Jan 29, 1850). Australian aeronaut, he invented the box kite in 1894.
1985 'Raspberry Beret' by Prince & The Revolution is #1 on the charts
1990 Nathaniel Wyeth died. Wyeth, an American chemist and inventor, received a patent for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles. These were the first plastic bottles strong enough to hold carbonated beverages.