NOVEMBER 19 - Today in Food History
• National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
• UK: National Eating In/Out Week (Nov 17-23, 2014) Celebrating the diversity of international cuisines enjoyed in Britain.
On this day in:
1600 Charles I, king of England, Scotland and Ireland was born. Ice cream is said to have come from France when he married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV, and sister of Louis XIII.
1959 The last Edsel rolled off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company.
1961 Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared, and was presumed eaten by the cannibals of New Guinea.
1966 Rocco DiSpirito was born. American celebrity chef and cookbook author. Host of TV shows 'Now Eat This' and 'Restaurant Divided'
1967 Casimir Funk died (born Feb 23, 1884). Funk was a Polish-American biochemist who came up with the word 'vitamine' later changed to 'vitamin.'
1977 The largest albacore weighed 88 pounds and was caught off the Canary Islands.
1980 Bill and his wife T.J. Palmer opened the first Applebee's restaurant, T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs, in Atlanta, Georgia.
2007 Dick Wilson died (born July 30, 1916). Actor who played the role of Mr Whipple in Charmin toilet paper TV commercials - "Please don't squeeze the Charmin."
2009 Nestle, one of the largest producers of canned pumpkin products, reports there may be a shortage of its products because heavy rains interrupted the pumpkin harvest.