JUNE 23 - Today in Food History
• National Pecan Sandy Day (Pecan Trivia & Facts)
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1626 A large Codfish, split open at a Cambridge market, is found to contain a copy of a book of religious treatises by John Frith. (Codfish Trivia and Facts)
1810 The Pacific Fur Company was founded by John Jacob Astor. (See also John Jacob Astor IV)
1868 Christopher Latham Sholes of Wisconsin patented a mechanical writing machine, called a type-writer. It was as large as a desk, made of black walnut and had black and white keys. He signed a deal with the Remington Arms company for its manufacture in 1873. It was Remington who turned it into a more practical machine.
1894 Alfred Charles Kinsey born. Alfred Charles Kinsey is famous for the two books his Institute for Sex Research published, ‘Sexual Behavior in the Human Male’ (1948) and ‘Sexual Behavior of the Human Female’ (1953). However, he was also a world authority on the taxonomy of gall wasps, and author of 'Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America' (1943).
1933 'The Breakfast Club' radio show, hosted by Don McNeill, debuted on the NBC Blue network and aired until December 27, 1968. One of the longest running radio shows in history.
1935 Marineland (originally named 'Marine Studios') opened near St. Augustine, Florida. Sometimes called 'The World's First Oceanarium,' more than 20,000 people showed up for its grand opening.
1964 Arthur Melin of the Wham-O company (of Frisbee fame) patented the hula-hoop. Great exercise.
1969 Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1982 A record low temperature of -117 F was recorded at the South Pole
1993 John Wayne Bobbitt does not appreciate his wife Lorena's expertise with a kitchen knife.
2005 The Lucky Pierrot restaurant chain in northern Japan began serving deep fried Whale Burgers, made with minke whale meat. The meat is from whales that Japan kills for "research purposes" and then sells the meat. The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986. Japan has said it will double its annual "research cull" of minke whales to 935 for 2005.