JUNE 30 - Today in Food History
• National Mai Tai Day (Mai Tai Trivia)
• Saint Theobald of Provins, patron of farmers, winegrowers, charcoal burners.
• Canada’s National Fishing Week (June 30-July 8, 2018) [Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]
On this day in:
1831 Erastus and Thaddeus S. Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury, Vermont received the first U.S. patent for a platform scale (previous scales were of the even balance type). (Weights & Measures Trivia)
1845 Peter Cooper of New York City received a patent for an improved method to make gelatine ("consists in making a transparent concentrated or solidified jelly containing all the ingredients fitting it for table use, in a portable form, and requiring only the addition of a prescribed quantity of hot water to dissolve it, when it may be poured into glasses or molds, and when cold will be fit for use"). (See also Jell-O Trivia and Facts)
1862 James Spratt of Cincinnati, Ohio developed the first processed commercial dog food, 'Spratt's Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes' (made of wheat, beet root, vegetables, beef blood). (Pet Food Nutrition Article)
1896 William S. Hadaway received the first U.S. patent (No. 563,032) for an electric stove.
(Stove Trivia and Facts)
1906 The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and the Meat Inspection Act were signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt. It prohibited the sale of adulterated or mislabeled food and drug products, adulterated or misbranded livestock and derived products, and ensured that livestock were slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.
(Articles on Food Safety)
1936 Congress approved the 40-hour work week.
1958 'The Purple People Eater' by Sheb Wooley was number one on the music charts.
1966 Mike Tyson was born. On June 28, 1997, Tyson bit off a big chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. Tyson was disqualified.
1985 James A. Dewar, died. The creator of the ‘Twinkie’ snack cake (1930)
1996 Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs died. (Exact date uncertain). He developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the patent that is still used world-wide today. (Potato Trivia and Facts)
2002 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 37 cents and post cards to 23 cents.