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JUNE 6 - Today in Food History

• National Applesauce Cake Day
  (Applesauce Cake Recipe  ---  Applesauce Trivia)

• Drive-In Theater Day (see 1933 below)

• National Fishing & Boating Week: June 6-14, 2020
  [Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation]
  (Articles About Fish & Fishing)

• Denmark: Jyllinge Eel Festival (June 6, 2020 - 1st Sat in June) Festival celebrated since 1968. Every restaurant in town serves fried eel.

• UK: British Tomato Fortnight: May 25-June 7, 2020
  [British Tomato Growers’ Association]
  (Tomato Trivia  ---  Tomato Recipes)

• UK: [Food Safety Week]  (June 4-10, 2020)
 

On this day in:

1519 Andrea Cesalpino was born. An Italian philosopher and pioneering botanist. He concentrated his studies on fruits and seeds, and he classified them by logical principles, instead of supposed medical properties.

1833 Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. President to ride in a railroad car. President Jackson boarded a B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) passenger train in Baltimore, Maryland.

1882 Henry Seely of New York City received the first American patent for an electric iron. (U.S. patent No. 259,054).

1899 Black American inventor, James Ricks, was issued U.S. patent No. 626,245 for a rubber overshoe for horses for use in 'sleety weather'.

1907 Persil, world's first self-acting household detergent, was marketed by Henkel et Cie of Dusseldorf. It was a combination of a washing and bleaching agent in one powder (PERborate and SILicate).

1916 Kraft & Bros. Co. received patent for  "Process of Sterilizing Cheese and an Improved Product Produced by Such Process" - process cheese. (Kraft Trivia & Facts)

1919 Canadian National Railways incorporated; longest railway system in North America, controls more than 30 000 miles of track in Canada, US.

1932 The Revenue Act creates the first gasoline tax in the U.S. (1 cent per gallon).

1933 The first drive-in theater was opened in Camden County, New Jersey by Richard Hollingshead. It had nine rows of parking on ten acres, with room for at least 400 cars.  Admission was 25 cents per car, 25 cents per person, to maximum of $1.00.  Where's the popcorn!
(Popcorn Trivia & Facts)

1944 Edgar Froese of the music group 'Tangerine Dream' was born.

1956 'The Wayward Wind' by Gogi Grant blew to the top of the charts.

1986 Ronn Teitelbaum opened the first Johnny Rockets on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. An American restaurant franchise whose decor is based on 1950s diner-style restaurants. This location closed on October 26, 2015.

1988 Three 50 pound snapping turtles were found in a Bronx, New York sewage treatment plant. They had probably been pets that were flushed down the toilet when very small.

2000 Unilever (Netherlands) agreed to buy Bestfoods (U.S.) for $20.3 billion, creating the world’s largest food company. Bestfoods’ brands included Skippy Peanut Butter and Hellman’s Mayonnaise. Unilever brands include Lipton Tea, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Dove Soap.

2020 Coronavirus:  Minnesota to allow bars, restaurants and theaters to allow indoor services with limited capacity starting June 10;  U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,965,705 with over 111,390  deaths;  Global cases more than 6,850,470 with over 398,240 deaths.
 

 

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