JUNE 17 - Today in Food History
• Eat Your Vegetables Day (Vegetable Recipes)
• National Apple Strudel Day (Apple Strudel Recipes)
• National Stewart’s Root Beer Day
(Why Does Root Beer Foam So Much?)
• National Pollinator Week (June 17-23, 2019) Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food.
On this day in:
1239 King Edward I of England was born (ruled 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons.
1860 The 692 foot long iron sailing steam ship SS Great Eastern, the largest ship ever built at the time, began its first transatlantic voyage. Originally scheduled to sail on June 16, the Captain delayed the voyage until the 17th because the crew was drunk. The ship had a capacity of 4,000 passengers.
1862 W.H. Fancher and C.M. French of Waterloo, New York received U.S. patent No. 35,600 for an "Improved Ordnance Plow" - a combined plow and gun.
1870 George Cormack, the creator of Wheaties cereal, was born. (Wheaties Trivia & Facts)
1872 George M. Hoover arrived in Dodge City, Kansas. He was the second settler there, and opened the first business, a saloon of course. Whisky was 25 cents.
(Kansas Food Trivia -- Kansas Food Festivals)
1903 Ruth Graves Wakefield was born. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s. (Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia & Facts)
1947 Pan Am inaugurated the first round-the-world passenger service when the Lockheed Constellation 'Clipper America' with 21 passengers, 9 crew members and 400 pounds of food, departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York bound for San Francisco, the long way around. The trip covered more than 20,000 miles in 13 days, with 92 hours 43 minutes of flight time, landing in 17 cities and 10 countries.
1978 'Cheeseburger In Paradise' by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32 on the charts.