Today in Food History
• U.S. Food Day - A day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level.
• World Tripe Day [Tripe Marketing Board] Tripe is mentioned in Samuel Pepys Diary on October 24, 1662: "So home and dined there with my wife upon a most excellent dish of tripes of my own directing."
(Wine Braised Tripe Recipe)
• National Bologna Day (Bologna Trivia & Facts)
• Good and Plenty Day (A brand of licorice candy coated in pink and white hard candy shells)
On this day in:
1753 The first volume of Carolus Linnaeus 'Species Plantarum' was published, listing plants with a systematic names that are still in use today.
1788 Sarah Josepha Hale was born (died April 30, 1879). Author, editor (Ladies' Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book). She was influential in having Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Author of the poem 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'; Hale also founded the Seaman's Aid Society in 1833. (Thanksgiving Trivia & Facts)
1817 Hippolyte Mege Mouries was born (died May 31, 1880). A French scientist, he invented margarine (French patent No. 86489) and also received patents for canned meat, sugar extraction and others.
(Margarine Trivia & Facts)
1836 Alonzo Dwight Philips of Springfield, Massachusetts received a patent for the first phosphorous friction safety match in the U.S.
1861 The first transcontinental telegraph was completed and went into operation. Within days the Pony Express ceased operations.
1901 Annie Taylor, a 43 year old non-swimming, widowed schoolteacher, accompanied by her pet kitten, became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive. Her goal of making money to pay off her debts was unsuccessful. She died a pauper in 1921.
1911 Nathaniel Wyeth was born. A chemist and inventor, he patented the PET (polyethylene terephthalate). It was the first plastic strong enough to use to bottle carbonated beverages.
1929 'Black Thursday' - the first day of the panic driven stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression.
1931 The George Washington Bridge officially opened, linking New York City with New Jersey.
1939 Employees at DuPont's factory in Wilmington, Delaware purchased the first nylon stockings for sale in the U.S. They were available nationally on May 15, 1940.
1940 The 40 hour work week went into effect in the U.S. under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
2003 The last commercial flight of the British Airways supersonic Concorde airliner left New York at 7:30 am local time for Heathrow airport in London. A special champagne breakfast was served which included Smoked Scottish Salmon with Caviar and Lobster Cakes with Bloody Mary Relish and Wilted Spinach. (see also May 31, 2003).
2017 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) died (born Feb 26, 1928). One of rock-and-roll's earliest stars, one of his early hits was 'Blueberry Hill' which reached number 2 in 1956.