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MARCH 13 - Today in Food History

• Cocoanut Torte Day
• St. Ansovinus' Day, patron of harvests.

On this day in:

1764 Charles Grey, 2nd Earl, was born. Earl Grey was supposedly given the recipe for Earl Grey Tea by a Chinese mandarin with whom he was friends (and/or whose life either he or another British diplomat saved). [Earl Grey Tea Trivia & Facts]

1781 The planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel.

1813 Lorenzo Delmonico, famed restaurateur was born at Marengo, Switzerland. In 1851 he joined his uncles in their catering and pastry shop in New York City. He transformed the business into one of the most famous restaurants in the country. (Delmonico’s Trivia)

1834 Frederick Walton was born (died May 16, 1928). Invented Linoleum in 1863.

1852 The first illustration of 'Uncle Sam' was published in a political cartoon by satirist Frank Bellew in the ‘New York Lantern’.

1877 Chester Greenwood was issued the first U.S. patent (No. 188,292) for earmuffs.
(See also Dec 4, 1858)

1884 Standard time is established in the U.S.
(Time & Time Zone Trivia & Facts)

1893 The original Waldorf Hotel opened. It had 450 rooms and almost 1,000 employees.
(see also May 1, 1931)

1915 Wilbert Robinson (Uncle Robby), manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, attempted to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane. Someone had substituted a grapefruit instead, which virtually exploded in his glove on impact, covering him with grapefruit pulp and juice, much to the amusement of his team.

1916 Residents of Manitoba pass a referendum to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages, the first Canadian province to do so. The law goes into effect on June 1, 1916.

1918 'The Squab Farm' opened at the Bijou Theatre in New York.

1925 The Butler Act is adopted, prohibiting the teaching of Evolution in Tennessee schools.

1979 The European monetary system (EMS) officially came into effect to foster "closer monetary cooperation leading to a zone of monetary stability in Europe".

2006 Robert C. Baker died at age 84 (born Dec. 29, 1921).  While a Poultry and Food Science professor at Cornell University from 1949-1989 he developed chicken nuggets (keeping the breading on was the key), turkey ham, poultry hot dogs and many other products. He founded Cornell's Institute of Food Science and Marketing in 1970, and in 2004 was inducted into the American Poultry Hall of Fame.


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