JUNE 28 - Today in Food History
• National Tapioca Day (Tapioca Pudding w/Banana)
• Peru: Día Nacional del Cebiche [National Ceviche Day]
On this day in:
1491 Henry VIII of England born. He had a reputation for being self indulgent, and was frequently represented eating a large drumstick.
1846 Adolphe Sax obtained a patent for the saxophone which he had invented a few years earlier.
1887 Coca-Cola syrup and extract were patented.
(Coca-Cola Trivia and Facts)
1892 Work began on a tunnel under the East River "whereby gas may be supplied from works situated in Long Island City to the City of New York." This was the first tunnel under the East River.
(New York Food Trivia -- New York Food Festivals)
1894 President Grover Cleveland signed legislation declaring Labor Day a national holiday, to be observed the first Monday in September.
1922 Michael Vale was born (died Dec 24, 2005). Actor who portrayed 'Fred the Baker' in Dunkin' Donuts commercials and 'Sam Breakstone' in Kraft Foods' dairy commercials.
1932 Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita was born. A Japanese American actor, one of his roles was Arnold, cook and owner of Arnold's Drive In restaurant on the TV show 'Happy Days' (1974-1984).
1939 Pan American Airways flew the first trans-Atlantic passenger service, from New York to Lisbon, Portugal.
1988 The poisoned olive oil trial. The longest trial in Spanish history ended after 15 months. 1,500 witnesses were questioned to help decide who was responsible for poisoning 25,000 Spaniards in the toxic olive oil case. More than 600 died from the cheap olive oil, and thousands more were left partially paralyzed or suffering from other ailments in one of the worst public health disasters in modern history. (Olive Trivia)
1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bites a big chunk off Evander Holyfield's ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. He was disqualified (unsportsmanlike snacking?).
2007 The American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list.