NOVEMBER 7 - Today in Food History
• National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
• St. Florentius of Strasburg, patron of gall stones
• National Fig Week (Nov 1-7, 2017) [Fig Trivia & Facts]
On this day in:
1805 The Lewis and Clark Expedition sighted the Pacific Ocean for the first time.
“Great joy in camp we are in view of the ocean, this great Pacific Ocean which we been so long anxious to see. And the roreing or noise made by the waves brakeing on the rockey shores (as I suppose) may be heard distinctly.” William Clark.
1836 Charles Ranhofer was born (died Oct 9, 1899). Chef at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City from 1862 to 1896. Wrote cookbook 'The Epicurean' (1894).
1872 The 'Mary Celeste' sailed for Genoa from New York with a cargo of 1700 barrels of alcoholic spirits. The ship was found abandoned near the Azores, the captain, his wife and daughter and 7 crewmen missing, and no sign of violence. The captain, his family and the crew were never seen again.
1885 The 2,980 mile Canadian Pacific Railway was completed. It runs from Montreal, Quebec to Port Moody, British Columbia.
1913 Alfred Russel Wallace died. Wallace was a British naturalist who developed a theory of natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. He sent his conclusions to Darwin, and their findings were both presented to the Linnaean Society in 1858.
1950 Voters in the Hawaii Territory ratified a state constitution, but it wasn't until August 21, 1959 that Hawaii officially became the 50th state of the U.S.
(Hawaii Food Trivia -- Hawaii Food Festivals)
1965 The Pillsbury Doughboy, 'Poppin' Fresh,' was born. He made his debut in a commercial for crescent rolls.
1996 The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. voted to remove their voluntary ban of hard liquor ads on television and radio that had been in affect since 1936.
2006 The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by state voters. It bans smoking in all bars and restaurants. It becomes effective on December 8.