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JUNE 29 - Today in Food History

• National Almond Butter Crunch Day (Almond Trivia)
• Waffle Iron Day [origin unknown] (Waffle Recipes)
• Feast day of St. Peter, patron saint of fishermen, bakers, harvesters.

On this day in:

1875 Gilpin Moore of Rock Island, Illinois received a patent for a two wheel Sulky-Plow. A riding plow which allowed the driver to sit and plow, and to accurately set the plow depth.

1918 The 'Grande Dame of the Rockies,' the Broadmoor Hotel & Resort officially opened in Colorado.
  (Colorado Food Trivia -- Colorado Food Festivals)

1943 General Eisenhower requested that Coca-Cola provide 10 portable bottling plants for U.S. troops overseas. (Coca Cola Trivia & Facts)

1966 The Barclaycard was introduced by Barclays Bank, the first credit card in Britain.

1967 Jayne Mansfield died. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was 'Miss Roquefort Cheese,' because she believed it "just didn't sound right."

1979 The movie 'Meatballs' starring Bill Murray premeired today.

1997 'Say You'll Be There' by the Spice Girls is #1 on the charts

2005 The USDA confirmed today the first domestic case of mad cow disease. The 12 year old cow was born in Texas and spent its whole life on the same ranch.

2007 The animated movie 'Ratatouille' opened in U.S. theatres. The story is about a rat, who can also cook, who befriends a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.


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