MARCH 3 - Today in Food History
- National Mulled Wine Day
- Iceland: Bun Day (2014) Children invade homes in the morning with colorful sticks and recieve gifts of whipped cream buns.
- National Pancake Week (March 2-8, 2014)
On this day in:
1709 Andreas Sigismund Marggraf was born. A German chemist, in 1747 he extracted sugar from the sugar beet and determined it was identical to cane sugar. It wasn't until 1802 that the first beet sugar refinery would be built.
1797 The first patent for a washing machine was issued to Nathaniel Briggs.
1831 George M. Pullman was born (died Oct 19, 1897). American engineer and industrialist. He designed and manufactured the Pullman sleeping car for railroads.
1855 Congress authorized $30,000 to purchase dromedaries (camels) for the military to use in the Southwest.
1879 Elmer McCollum was born. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.
1901 The National Bureau of Standards (NBS) was chartered by the U.S. Congress (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST).
1937 The first annual meeting of the General Wildlife Foundation, becoming the National Wildlife Federation in 1938.
1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of 'Rum and Coca Cola' hit #1 on the popular music charts.