JUNE 19 - Today in Food History
• National Martini Day (Martini Recipes)
• Gervase and Protase Day, patron saints of haymakers
• UK: National Picnic Week (June 16-25, 2017)
On this day in:
1820 Sir Joseph Banks died (born Feb 13, 1743). English botanist known for his promotion of the natural sciences. President of the Royal Society for over 40 years; adviser for King George III to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
1841 Joseph Christoffel Hoagland was born (died Dec 8, 1899). Co-founder of Royal Baking Powder Company in 1866 with his brother Cornelius Hoagland.
(Baking Powder Trivia and Facts)
1910 Father's Day was observed for the first time in Spokane, Washington, initiated by Sonora Smart Dodd. In 1966 President Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation designating the 3rd Sunday in June as Father's Day. It was not made a permanent U.S. national holiday until 1972.
1912 The United States government adopted an 8-hour work day.
1931 The first commercial doors operated by a photoelectric cell were installed on the swinging doors between the kitchen and dining room of Wilcox's Pier Restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut.
1941 Some sources list today, June 19 for General Mills introduction of 'Cheerioats.' (The name was changed to 'Cheerios' in 1945). Most sources list May 1 as the date, and I believe that is correct.
1963 Donald Forsha Jones died (born April 16, 1890). American geneticist who invented the double-cross method hybrid corn production, making production of high-yielding hybrid corn practical. (Corn Trivia)
1978 Garfield, the lasagna eating cat was born. He was brought into this world by cartoonist Jim Davis.
(Lasagna Trivia -- Lasagna Recipes)
1987 Ben & Jerry Ice Cream introduced a new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.
1993 English author William Golding died. His first novel was 'Lord of the Flies' (1954).
2009 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projected the number of people on the brink of starvation is set to reach a record high of 1.02 billion in 2009 – one-sixth of the world population.