Today in Food History
• National Nut Day
• UK: Bramley Apple Pie Week (Oct 20-26, 2014)
• National Chestnut Week (Oct 12-25, 2014)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2014)
On this day in:
1843 Stephen Moulton Babcock was born. He developed a test to measure the fat content of milk, which which helped improve the quality of commercial dairy production.
1896 Charles Glen King was born. King was a biochemist who discovered vitamin C in 1932. He extracted and isolated it from lemon juice.
1897 Ettore "Hector" Boiardi was born (died June 21, 1985). Better known as Chef Boyardee.
1904 The Russian Baltic Fleet mistook some British fishing trawlers in the North Sea for Japanese Navy forces and fired on them. Three British fishermen were killed, and the incident almost led to war between Britain and Russia.
1907 Ringling Brothers circus bought Barnum & Bailey Circus.
1943 Henry Parsons Crowell died (born 1855). Founder of Quaker Oats Company in 1901.
1981 The FDA approved the artificial sweetener Aspartame (NutraSweet) for tabletop use.
1990 Scientists report that the Aral Sea has shrunk by 2/3rds, falling more then 45 feet in depth in the past 30 years. Soviet irrigation policies had destroyed what was once the world's 4th largest fresh water sea. In June 2004, scientists predicted the sea would vanish within 15 years.
2009 Comedian 'Soupy Sales' (Milton Supman) died today (born Jan 8, 1926). Best known for his children's TV show 'Lunch with Soupy Sales.' Most of his routines ended with Soupy receiving a pie in the face.