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JUNE 16 - Today in Food History

• National Fudge Day (Fudge Recipes)
• Fresh Veggies Day (Vegetable Recipes)
• Feast of St. Benno, patron of anglers, fishermen.

Men’s Health Week (June 13-19, 2016)
• UK: National Picnic Week (June 11-19, 2016)
• Dairy Goat Awareness Week (June 11-18, 2016)
  [American Dairy Goat Assn] (Goat Trivia & Facts)

On this day in:

1794 The first stone was laid for the world’s largest grain windmill in Holland. Known as ‘De Walvisch’ (the whale), it is still in existence.

1855 John Gorrie Died. Gorrie was received the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851.
(Refrigerator Trivia)

1893 R.W. Rueckheim invents ‘Cracker Jack’, a popcorn, peanut and molasses confection. It was introduced at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. R.W.'s brother Louis perfected the secret formula in 1896, which prevents the molasses coated popcorn from sticking together. The prize in each box was introduced in 1912.

1903 The one year old Pepsi-Cola Company registered the 'Pepsi-Cola' trademark with the U.S. Patent Office.  It's original name was ‘Brad's Drink’ after Caleb Bradham, the pharmacist who developed the formula at his drugstore in New Bern, North Carolina.  (I was the manager of the New Bern Golf & Country Club for a while in the 1980's - Chef James). [Pepsi Cola Trivia & Facts]

1909 Archie Fairley Carr was born. An American biologist and authority on turtles. His extensive studies and conservation efforts helped to increase turtle populations around the world.

1937 August Busch III was born, president and CEO of Anheuser Busch from 1974 to 2002 (Budweiser Beer, etc.). [Anheuser-Busch Trivia and Facts]

1960 Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller 'Psycho' premiered.  It was the first film to show a toilet flushing.
  (Alfred Hitchcock Food Trivia)

1978 The movie 'Grease' opened in U.S. theatres.

2004 Al Lapin Jr. died (born Sept 18, 1927).  Entrepreneur and restaurateur, co-founder with his brother Jerry of International House of Pancakes in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California.


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