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NOVEMBER 1 - Today in Food History

Did you remember to turn your clocks back?
U.S., Canada & Mexico Daylight Savings Time ends
(March 8 to November 1, 2015)
• National Deep Fried Clam Day
• All Hallow's Day (All Saints Day)
• World Vegan Day
• National Vinegar Day

National Fig Week (Nov 1-7, 2015)

On this day in:

1798 Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness was born. He was the son of Arthur Guinness, and joined the family brewing business. When his father died, he became sole owner and built up the business. He was also elected Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1851.

1841 The first wagon of settlers left Independence, Missouri for the trip to California.

1865 John Lindley died (born Feb 5, 1799). British botanist and horticulturist. Wrote 'The Theory and Practice of Horticulture' (1840) and 'The Vegetable Kingdom' (1846).

1884 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was universally adopted at the International Meridian Conference in Washington, DC, and the International Date Line was drawn up with 24 time zones created.

1897 The Waldorf-Astoria opened (the combined Waldorf and Astoria hotels). It was the largest in the world at the time with 1,300 rooms (see also March 13, 1893 and May 3, 1929).

1944 Pulitzer Prize winning play 'Harvey' by Mary Chase, opened on Broadway. About Elwood P. Dowd and his friend, a 6 foot (possibly imaginary) rabbit (a pooka).

1951 The musical comedy 'Top Banana' opened on Broadway.

1962 Antony Kiedis of the music group 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' was born.

1980 Victor Sen Yung died (born Oct 18, 1915). American character actor, he played the cook Hop Sing on the TV show 'Bonanza'.  He also played Charlie Chan's son, Jimmy Chan in numerous Charlie Chan movies.

1981 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 20 cents and post cards to 13 cents.

1993 The Maastricht Treaty became effective, creating the new European Union.

1997 Victor Mills died. He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble. Among his many accomplishments, he improved Duncan Hines cake mix, and Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.

2009 The November 2009 issue of Gourmet magazine was the last issue published (the issue was actually distributed in mid-October).  The first issue was published in 1941.


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