JUNE 26 - Today in Food History
• National Chocolate Pudding Day
(Chocolate Pudding Recipes)
On this day in:
1284 The earliest date in legend for when the Pied Piper led all the children of Hamelin away. See July 22, 1376 for additional information.
1797 Charles Newbold patented the first cast-iron plow. Farmers had doubts about the effect of the iron on the soil.
1816 Louis Bignon was born (died May 18, 1906). French agriculturist, restaurateur and chef. His Cafe Riche became the most famous in Paris and was known worldwide. He invested in farms and vineyards and was awarded the Legion of Honor for his agricultural work.
1834 Sir Gilbert Blane died (born August 29, 1749). A Scottish physician, he served as Physician to the Fleet and head of the Navy Medical Board. He was largely responsible for requiring citrus juice (lemons, later limes) on all naval vessel to prevent scurvy, and improving the general health and sanitary conditions of sailors.
(Citrus Fruit Trivia and Facts)
1848 The first pure food laws were enacted in the U.S.
1870 The original wooden boardwalk in Atlantic City was built. It was taken up during the winter months, and was replaced with a larger boardwalk in 1880, which was destroyed in a hurricane in 1889. It was rebuilt again, and in 1898 rebuilt with steel.
1870 Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1910 Roy J. Plunkett was born. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.
1919 The 'New York Daily News' was first published.
1933 A 2 hour musical variety program, 'The Kraft Music Hall' debuted on NBC radio, sponsored by Kraft Foods company. (Kraft Trivia and Facts)
1949 Larry Taylor of the rock group 'Canned Heat' was born.
1959 In Montreal, Queen Elizabeth and President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. (see also April 25, 1959).
1963 President John F. Kennedy said 'I am a jelly donut' (Ich bin ein Berliner) in a speech to the citizens of Berlin. He meant to say 'I am a Berliner' (Ich bin Berliner). 'Ein Berliner' means jelly donut.
1974 At 8:01 am in the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, cashier Sharon Buchanan scanned a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum with a bar code printed on it. This was the 1st product ever logged under the new Universal Product Code (UPC) computerized product recognition system.
1981 In Mountain Home, Idaho, Virginia Campbell took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She only paid 67 cents after all the discounts.
1985 During a minor league baseball game in Clearwater, Florida, organ player Wilbur Snapp was ejected from the game for playing 'Three Blind Mice' in response to a bad call by the umpire.
1990 A new record high temperature was recorded in Phoenix, Arizona: 122°F.