MARCH 28 - Today in Food History
• National Black Forest Cake Day
(Black Forest Cake Trivia & Facts)
• Something on a Stick Day
On this day in:
1797 The first U.S. patent for a 'washing machine' was issued to Nathaniel Briggs. It was called a scrub board or wash board.
1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born (died March 15, 1891). A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
1897 Victor Mills was born. He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble. He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
1899 August A. Busch Jr. ('Gussie') was born (died Sept 29, 1989). Grandson of Anheuser-Busch brewery founder Adolphus Busch. 'Gussie' was company chairman from 1946-1975, and he built the company into the largest brewery in world. (Anheuser-Busch Facts & Trivia)
1939 'Three Little Fishies' was recorded by Hal Kemp and his Orchestra.
1948 The American Theatre Wing's 2nd annual Tony Awards were presented at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel's Grand Ballroom.
1948 John Evans of the music group 'Jethro Tull' was born.
1954 'Teahouse of the August Moon' won the Tony Award for Best Play.
1963 Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'The Birds' premiered in New York City. (Alfred Hitchcock Food Trivia)
1968 'Whiskey On A Sunday' was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
1971 Maureen Stapleton won the Tony Award for Best Actress in 'The Gingerbread Lady'
1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with 'Pepsi Points' and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet. The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for 'points,' or a combination of cash and points. (the Harrier was listed for 7 million points). Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million). Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke. (Pepsi Cola Facts & Trivia)