JUNE 21 - Today in Food History
• First day of Summer (June 21, 2018). Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year. It is the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere.
• World Tapas Day (June 21, 2018, 3rd Thurs)
(Tapas: Magic Mouthfulls)
• National Peaches & Cream Day (Peach Trivia & Facts)
• UK: [National Picnic Week] (June 15-24, 2018)
On this day in:
1788 New Hampshire became the ninth state.
(New Hampshire Food Trivia -- NH Food Festivals)
1834 Cyrus McCormick received a patent for the first practical mechanical reaper.
1853 Dr. Russell L. Hawes, of Worcester, Massachusetts received U.S. patent No. 9,812 a machine for making and folding envelopes.
1893 The first Ferris Wheel opened at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Invented by George Washington Ferris, it had 36 cars and carried 60 passengers 264 feet high. (see also: May 1, 1893)
1910 John Walker & Sons registered 'Johnnie Walker' trademark in U.S. for a blend of Scotch whiskies.
(Single Malt Whiskies of Scotland)
1933 A barge loaded with grain arrived in New Orleans to complete the first Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico barge trip.
1958 'Splish Splash' by Bobby Darin was released by Atco Records. 'The Purple People Eater' by Sheb Wooley was number one on the music charts.
1961 President John F. Kennedy pressed a switch installed in the White House to dedicate the first practical sea-water desalination plant in Freeport, Texas. (see also May 8, 1961)
1968 In the UK, a government appointed commission recommended that the British Egg Marketing Board should be scrapped and a free market established.
(British Food Trivia -- UK Food Festivals)
1981 Charles F. Mara paid $24,000 for a 12 bottle case of 1979 Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon at a Napa Valley wine auction. The record price for a case of American wine. (North American Wine Articles)
1985 Ettore ‘Hector’ Boiardi died (born Oct 22, 1897). Better known as Chef Boyardee.
(Chef Boyardee Biography)
1994 Rosenella Cruciani 'Rose' Totino died (born Jan 16, 1915). The queen of frozen pizza. Co-founder with her husband Jim Totino, of Totino's Pizzeria and Totino's Finer Foods. (Pizza Trivia -- Pizza History)
2007 Bob Evans died (born May 30, 1918). Sausage maker and restaurateur, founder of Bob Evans Restaurants (Bob Evans Farms, Inc).