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JUNE 25 - Today in Food History

- National Catfish Day (see 1987 below)
- National Strawberry Parfait Day
 

On this day in:

1630 Massachusetts Bay colony governor John Winthrop supposedly introduced the fork to American dining.

1867 Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B Smith of Kent, Ohio.

1938 The new Federal minimum wage law guaranteed workers 40ยข per hour.

1951 Pabst aired the 1st color beer commercial on TV.

1956 Anthony Bourdain was born.  American celebrity chef, author and culinary traveler.  Host of 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations' on the Travel Channel.
(Travel Channel website: www.travelchannel.com/tv-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.
 

 

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