NOVEMBER 8 - Today in Food History

• International Tempranillo Day (Nov 8, 2018; 2nd Thurs) A black grape variety native to Spain and used in the great Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines, it is now the 3rd most widely planted wine grape variety worldwide. [Tampranillo Society]

• National Harvey Wallbanger Day
  (Vodka, Galliano and Orange Juice)

• National Cappuccino Day
  (A double espresso with foamed milk)

• St. Castorus, patron of cattle

On this day in:

1721 The Honourable Gurdon Saltonstall, Esq; Governour of His Majesty's Colony of Connecticut in New-England proclaimed Nov 8, 1721 as a day for a "Publick Thanksgiving."
(Connecticut Food Trivia  --  Conn. Food Festivals)

1789 Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
(Bourbon Trivia  --  Kentucky Trivia  --  Food Festivals)

1847 Bram Stoker was born (died April 20, 1912).  Author of 'Dracula' (1897).

1889 President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed Montana the forty-first state. (Montana Food Trivia & Facts)

1904 Michael J. Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents an automatic glass bottle manufacturing machine capable of producing four bottles per second; patent assigned to Toledo Glass Company. (Bottle trivia)

1910 This is one for those who think the electric insect 'zapper is a relatively new device. U.S. patent No. 974,785 was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane, Washington for the first electric insect 'zapper.'

1952 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.

1966 Gordon Ramsay was born in Scotland. Controversial award winning British celebrity chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and tv show host (‘Hell's Kitchen’, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Master Chef’, etc.)

1974 London's famous flower and vegetable market moves from Covent Garden.

1976 In Oakville, Ontario a US-Canadian syndicate pays $235,000 for Hanover Hill Barb; highest price ever paid for a cow to that date.



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