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JULY 7 - Today in Food History

• National Strawberry Sundae Day.
• Macaroni Day (Macaroni Recipes)
• Chocolate Day [National Confectioners Association]
  (Chocolate Trivia and Facts)

Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin - Running of the Bulls
Pamplona, Spain (July 7-14, 2016)
• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 2-10, 2016)
  [Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]

On this day in:

1307 King Edward I of England died. King Edward I of England (ruled: 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons. I believe he had invited some guests to his coronation.

1550 The first chocolate arrived in Europe.

1568 William Turner died. William Turner, an English naturalist and botanist, is known as the 'father of English Botany.' His best known work was 'A New Herball.'

1862 The first Land Grant Act was passed. Public lands were sold for agricultural education. This was the start of many state universities throughout the United States.

1890 Henri Nestle died (born Aug 10, 1814).  In 1867 he invented an infant formula, farine lactee, a substitute breast milk for infants unable to breast feed. He sold the company in 1875. The company kept the Nestle name, and later expanded its products to include chocolate and condensed milk.

1891
The Travelers Cheque was patented.

1912 The first Horn & Hardart Automat in New York City is opened. (The very first Automat Horn & Hardart opened was in Philadelphia on June 9, 1902).
  (Automat Trivia and Facts)

1913 Robert Rich was born (died Feb 15, 2006).  Founder of Rich Products Corp. and creator of the first frozen non-dairy whipped topping from soybean oil.

1928 Sliced bread was born.  Otto Frederick Rohwedder spent many years working on a bread slicing machine  beginning in 1912.  He finally perfected it, and the first sliced bread was produced and sold at M.F. Bench's Chillicothe Baking Company, 100 Elm Street in Chillicothe, Missouri.  According to the story, Mr. Bench assisted Rohwedder in the fine tuning the new bread slicing machine.  The  Chillicothe, Missouri Constitution-Tribune of July 7, 1928 carried a story of the new machines first use on that day.  Chillcothe Baking Co. bread sales increased 2,000% over the next few months.

1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died. Creator of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would go for days without food while working on a case.

1936 Henry F. Phillips patented the Phillips-head screw and screwdriver.

1958 The first IHOP (International House of Pancakes) opened at 4301 Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California.

2004 Jeff Smith died (born Jan 22, 1939).  TV's 'Frugal Gourmet' and cookbook author.

2007 A Big Mac in the US cost an average of $3.41.
 

 

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