JUNE 15 - Today in Food History
• National Lobster Day (Officially moved to Sept 25 by Maine Senators in 2015, but June 15 is still widely celebrated)
(Lobster Trivia & Facts -- Lobster Recipes)
• Potatoe Day (see 1992 below)
• Feast of Saint Germaine Cousin, patron of shepherdesses.
• UK: [Beer Day Britain] - A celebration of all beer including ales, lagers, craft beers and everything in between. June 15th is the date Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. The charter mentions ale in Article 35: "Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale....."
• [Men’s Health Week] (June 10-16, 2019) Week leading up to and including Father’s Day.)
• Dairy Goat Awareness Week (June 8-15, 2019)
[American Dairy Goat Assn] -- (Goat Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite and proved a connection between lightning and electricity.
1836 Arkansas becomes the 25th U.S. state.
(Arkansas Facts & Trivia -- Arkansas Food Festivals)
1844 Charles Goodyear was granted Patent No. 3633 for vulcanization, a rubber curing process which converts natural rubber into a more durable material.
1851 Jacob Fussell, a Baltimore dairyman, opens the first commercial ice-cream factory.
(Ice Cream Trivia and Facts)
1859 The Pig War: On one of the San Juan Islands between the U.S. Washington Territory and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, a pig owned by an employee of the Hudson's Bay Co. breaks into potato patch of American squatter who shoots and kills the pig. The subsequent confrontation nearly triggers a British-American war over the boundary between the U.S. and Canada. The dispute was not completely resolved until 1872.
1869 Joseph Dixon died. An American inventor and manufacturer. Among his many accomplishments, he produced the first pencil made in the U.S.
1869 John W. Hyatt Jr. and his brother Isaiah S. Hyatt received U.S. patent 91,341 for "a new and improved method of manufacturing solid collodion and its compounds." Isaiah later named the material 'celluloid', the first synthetic plastic.
1914 Bob Wian was born (March 31, 1992). In 1936 he founded the Big Boy restaurant chain in Glendale, California with a 10 stool hamburger stand. In 1967 he sold the chain to Marriott Corp. for $7 million.
(Hamburger Trivia and Facts)
1929 Charles F. Brush died (born March 17, 1849). U.S. inventor and entrepreneur. Invented improvements to arc lights and generators.
1958 Pizza Hut is born. Eighteen-year-old Frank Carney sees a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the "pizza fad" among teenagers and college students. With $600 borrowed from his mother, he and his brother Dan open the first Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kansas.
(Pizza Hut Trivia -- Pizza History)
1969 'Ice Cube' (O'Shea Jackson) singer and actor, was born.
1992 SPELLING LESSONS - At a spelling bee in a Trenton, New Jersey school, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, corrects a student's spelling of 'potato' by telling him it should have an 'e' at the end: ‘potatoe’
1999 Nicholas Vitalich is arrested for assaulting his girlfriend with a large tuna, outside a San Diego supermarket. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.