NOVEMBER 28 - Today in Food History
• National French Toast Day
• National Family Week (Nov 22-28, 2015) The Alliance for Children and Families and its member organizations have promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years. National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.
• UK: National Tree Week (Nov 28-Dec 6, 2015)
On this day in:
1520 Three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed from the Atlantic Ocean through the passage now known as the Straits of Magellan, and entered the "Sea of the South" on November 28, 1520. This sailing was the first westward crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Magellan was killed in fighting with the natives in the Philippines on April 27, 1521. The following September, one of the fleet's ships returned to Spain laden with spices, thereby completing the first circumnavigation of the globe and vindicating Magellan's vision of an alternate route to the Spice Islands.
1837 John Wesley Hyatt was born. He developed the process for making celluloid, the first synthetic plastic. He also invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill.
1863 Thanksgiving was first celebrated as a regular American Holiday.
1869 W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was issued the first chewing gum patent in 1869.
1930 After a sandstorm in Morocco, there was a rain of mud in Paris and yellow sand fell in Spain.
1942 Coffee rationing began in the U.S.
1942 Fire destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts killing nearly 500 people.
1948 The first Polaroid Land Camera went on sale in Boston. This was the first successful self-developing camera; it took a photo about 1 minute to develop.
1967 All horse racing in Britain has been cancelled indefinitely to help prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease
2006 Texas Republican state Rep. Betty Brown filed a bill (HCR 15) in the Texas legislature which would declare Athens, Texas as the "original home of the hamburger.” Residents of New Haven, Connecticut strongly objected. (See Louis Lunch)