JUNE 20 - Today in Food History
• First day of Summer (June 20, 2016). Summer Solstice (6:34 pm EST) in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year. It is the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere.
• National Vanilla Milkshake Day (Shake Recipes)
• Ice Cream Soda Day
On this day in:
1484 The date given by Rober Burton in his 'Anatomy of Melancholy' (1621) for when the Pied Piper led all the children of Hamelin, Germany away.
See July 22, 1376 for more info.
1819 At 6 p.m. the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, the American steamship SS Savannah, arrived at Liverpool, England. It had sailed from Savannah, Georgia on May 22, 1819.
1837 The beginning of the Victorian Era. King William IV died and his 18 year old niece Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Her reign lasted for 63 years.
1861 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins was born. He discovered what we now call 'vitamins,' essential nutrients needed to maintain health.
(Vitamin Facts & Trivia)
1948 The TV show 'Toast of the Town' premiers on CBS with Ed Sullivan as the host.
1964 'Chapel of Love' by Dixie Cups is #1 on the charts
1972 Howard Deering Johnson died (born Feb 2, 1897). Founder of Howard Johnson's chain of restaurants and motels.
(Howard Johnson Biography - Howard Johnson’s Trivia)
1977 The trans-Alaska oil pipeline opened. It takes oil 38 days to travel 800 miles from the fields in Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez.
(Alaska Food Trivia -- Alaska Food Festivals)
2004 Bacardi agrees to acquire Grey Goose Vodka.
(The Bacardi ‘Bat’ -- Vodka: Spirit of Water))
2008 Wilbur Hardee died (born Aug 15, 1918). Founder of fast food chain Hardee's in 1960.
(see also Sept 3, 1960 and May 5, 1961)
2008 Water on Mars! NASA announced that its Phoenix Mars Lander had uncovered about eight small pieces of water ice.