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JULY 9 - Today in Food History

• National Sugar Cookie Day

Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin - Running of the Bulls
Pamplona, Spain (July 6-14, 2015)

• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 4-12, 2015)
  [Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]

On this day in:

1766 Jacob Perkins was born. Perkins was issued the first U.S. patent for a refrigerating machine. It used sulfuric ether compression.

1792 S.L. Mitchell was named as the first Professor of Agriculture, at Columbia College, New York City.

1810 Napoleon annexes Holland to discourage the smuggling of goods from England.

1815 The first natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered by accident, near Charleston, West Virginia. They had been digging a salt brine well.

1850 U.S. president Zachary Taylor died. He supposedly developed peritonitis after eating too much of a new dessert treat, strawberry ice cream, at a 4th of July celebration.

1869 Henry Tibbe invented the corncob pipe. The pipe was made from a white kernel corn that was used to make taco and tortilla flour. (But can you roll a cigar with a taco wrapper?)

1872 John F. Blondel of Thomason (Thomaston?), Maine, patented the first doughnut cutter.

1887 John Dickenson introduced paper napkins at his company’s annual dinner.

1957 Actress Kelly McGillis was born. McGillis has a restaurant here in Key West, Florida called Kelly's Place

1958 An magnitude 7 earthquake in Southeast Alaska triggered a landslide that dropped into Lituya Bay. The resulting 1720 foot wave washed away the forest on the opposite shore. This was the largest wave ever recorded.

1996 Douglas Chapman died (born March 20, 1920).  Expert on marine mammal populations and population dynamics. In the 1960s he warned that the number of whales being taken by the whaling industry was far in excess of what the population could stand.

1999 The film 'American Pie' opened in U.S. theatres.

2007 Buenos Aires experienced its first major snowfall since June 22, 1918.


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