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Today in Food History

• Pudding season begins.
World Vegetarian Day
• World Sake Day (Japan Sake Brewers Assoc.)
• International Coffee Day (Int'l Coffee Organization)
• St. Therese of Lisieux, patron of flower growers.

• UK: British Food Fortnight (Sept 17 - Oct 2, 2016)
UK: Red Squirrel Week (Sept 24-Oct 2, 2016)
  [The Wildlife Trusts]

• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2016)

On this day in:

1795 Robert Bakewell died (born, May 23, 1725).  Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.

1882 Eugene and Victor Villaume opened a box-making business in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Villaume Brothers received their first order from Hamm's brewery.

1907 The 18 story, 750 room Plaza Hotel opened at the corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue in New York City.  It set the standard for luxury accommodation and service the moment it opened.  Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt were the first guests to sign the register.

1908 The Model T Ford was introduced at a price of $825. Due to efficient mass production, by 1925 the price of a 2 door Model T was only $260.

1913 A monument to honor sea gulls was erected in Salt Lake City. The gulls had eaten the plague of grasshoppers that threatened the Mormon settlers crops in 1848.

1924 James Earl (Jimmy) Carter was born. He was a peanut farmer, and 39th president of the U.S. (He also claimed to have been attacked by a rabbit while canoeing. He beat the rabbit off with a paddle).

1931 The new Waldorf-Astoria hotel opened on Park Avenue in New York City.  The 47 story, 1500 room hotel was the largest and tallest in the world for many years. (see also March 13, 1893)

1943 Jerry Martini of the music group 'Sly & The Family Stone' was born.

1946 Procter & Gamble registered the 'Tide' trademark for its 'sudsing, non-liquid, soap-like detergent.'

1958 American Express launched the American Express travel & entertainment charge card. The cards were paper until 1959 when plastic cards were issued.

1968 Flesh eating Zombies are on the loose as George Romero's horror film 'Night of the Living Dead' is released.

1971 Disney World opened at Orlando, Florida.

1972 Louis Leakey died. Anthropologist largely responsible for convincing scientists that Africa was the place to search for human origins, not Java or China. Together with his wife Mary, they made many significant fossil discoveries.

1974 The first McDonald's restaurant opened in London.

1980 European Community countries banned the use of hormones in cattle feed.

2006 Sometime during October 2006 the population of the U.S. will reach 300 million.

2006 The New Orleans  landmark restaurant, Commander's Palace, reopened. It had been closed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August, 2005.

2009 McDonald's closed its 3 locations in Iceland this month due to the 'complex operational environment.'

2011 World population is expected to hit 7 billion this month.


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