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JULY 8 - Today in Food History

• National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day
  (Almond Trivia and Facts)

• St. Arnulph of Soissons' Day, Patron of hop-pickers, beer brewing (Beer & Brewing Articles)

Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin - Running of the Bulls
  Pamplona, Spain (July 7-14, 2017)

• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 1-9, 2017)
  [Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]

On this day in:

1497 Vasco de Gama left Lisbon with four ships, to search for a sea route to India. He was the first European to sail there (notwithstanding Columbus’ valiant try), and he opened the area to Portuguese trade (and colonization).

1810 Gabriel Gustav Valentin was born. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice. (Something I'll bet you always wanted to know!).

1831 John Styth Pemberton was born. Pemberton was the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola in 1885.
  (Coca-Cola Trivia and facts)

1844 Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln was born. She was the author of the original ‘Boston Cooking School Cook Book’, before Fanny Farmer took it over.

1887 A riot breaks out at the saloonkeepers picnic in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Minnesota Trivia  --  Minn. Festivals)

1881 Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, supposedly invented the Ice Cream Sundae, when he served a customer ice cream topped chocolate syrup (used to flavor ice cream sodas). It was a Sunday, and flavored soda water was not served on Sundays to respectable people. (Wisconsin Food Trivia - Festivals)

1886 It rained snails in Cornwall, England. (Sounds like a description of a Monty Python skit). July is one of the best months for raining all sorts of living creatures.
(Snail Trivia and facts)

1949 Wolfgang Puck was born. Austrian chef, cookbook author and restaurateur. Award winning Spago restaurant in Los Angeles (1982). He now hs more than 20 fine dining restaurants in addition to numerous pizza bars, bistros, cafes, express outlets, catering services, cultural center cafes, gourmet foods, cookware, appliances, etc.(Official website:

1957 William Cadbury, chocolatier died at age 89.

1989 'Good Thing' by Fine Young Cannibals is #1 on the charts.

1996 'Wannabe,' the first #1 hit by the Spice Girls, was released.

2009 Concerned about the environmental impact, the town of Bundanoon in New South Wales, Australia became the world's first town to ban the sale of bottled water. The ban becomes effective September 26.
(Australia Food trivia  --  Australia Food Festivals)


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