JUNE 25 - Today in Food History
• National Catfish Day (see 1987 below)
(Catfish Trivia & Facts -- Catfish Recipes)
• National Strawberry Parfait Day (Strawberry Trivia)
On this day in:
1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.
(Fork Trivia and Facts)
1788 The Commonwealth of Virginia ratified the Constitution and became the 10th state of the United States of America. (Virginia Food Trivia & Festivals)
1799 David Douglas was born (died July 12, 1834). A Scottish botanist, he collected plants in Scotland, North America and Hawaii. The Douglas Fir is named for him.
1844 John Tyler, 10th U.S. President, married Julia Gardner, the first president to marry while in office. This was his second marriage, his first wife Letitia Christian died of a stroke in the White House in 1842. He fathered more children than any other U.S. president (15); eight children with Letitia and seven children with his second wife Julia.
1867 Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio received U.S. patent No. 66,182 for barbed wire. (One of many patents for barbed wire.) See also Nov 24, 1874.
(Barbed Wire Trivia)
1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40¢ per hour.
1951 On the CBS network Pabst aired the 1st color Beer Commercial on the first commercial color TV program. The public did not own any color TV's, and CBS only owned about 3 dozen color TV sets! The hour long variety show was shown in department stores, hotels and auditoriums in 5 cities, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.
1956 Anthony Bourdain was born (died June 8, 2018). Influential American celebrity chef, author ('Kitchen Confidential') and culinary traveler. Host of 'A Cook's Tour', 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations' and 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown'. He died of an apparant suicide. [www.travelchannel.com/shows/anthony-bourdain]
1971 Sir John Boyd Orr died. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.
1974 The first checkout scanner was installed in a supermarket.
1987 President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed June 25 as National Catfish Day. (Proclamation)
1994 The London Times reported a previously unknown species of mammal was discovered in Vietnam, the Vu Quang Ox. It was the first discovery of a new large mammal since the Okapi in 1910. The ox is thought to inhabit an area along the Vietnam-Laos border.
1997 Jacques-Yves Cousteau died. Ocean explorer, marine biologist. Co-inventor of the aqualung.
2004 The last elevated train in Boston made its final run.