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Today in Food History

• American Beer Day (source unknown, but probably related to the passage of the Volstead Act on this date in 1919 implementing National Prohibition)
  [National Beer Day is April 7)
• Etiquette Day (see 1872 below)

• UK: National Honey Week (Oct 24-31, 2016)
  [British Beekeepers Association]  --   Honey Trivia

On this day in:

1728 Captain James Cook was born. British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).

1806 Alphonse Pyrame de Candolle was born. A Swiss botanist, author of 'Origin of Cultivated Plants.'

1858 Rowland H. Macy opened R.H. Macy Dry Goods on the corner of Sixth Ave. and 14th St. in New York City. First day sales were $11.06 but by the end of the first year, sales totaled almost $90,000. By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store occupying 11 adjacent buildings.

Emily Post was born. (or on October 3, 1873). Etiquette expert, newspaper columnist, author of 'Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home' (1922); 'The Emily Post Cook Book' (1949); 'Motor Manners' (1950).

1873 Joseph F. Glidden applied for a patent for barbed wire. U.S. patent No. 157, 124 issued November 24, 1873. (see also Jan 18, 1813)

1904 The first subway (underground) rail system in New York City began operating.  The Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) line was 21 miles long.

1930 'Gorgonzola' was recorded by Jack Hylton & His Orchestra with Leslie Sarony

1940 The final day of the New York World's Fair (opened April 30, 1939). 'Dawn of a New Day' and 'the World of Tomorrow.'

1973 Allan 'Rocky' Lane died (born Sept 22, 1909). Actor in numerous films and TV shows, he was also the voice of the talking horse in the TV show 'Mister Ed' (1961-1966).

1975 Use of the Heimlich Maneuver, developed by Dr Henry Heimlich to aid someone choking on food, was endorsed by the American Medical Association Commission on Emergency Medical Services in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

1975 Rex Stout, American crime writer died. More than 70 of his novels and stories feature the fictional gourmand/gourmet detective, Nero Wolfe. Archie Goodwin, the detective's assistant, described him as weighing "one seventh of a ton" (about 286 pounds). Shad Roe and Duck were two of Wolfe's favorites, and he also consumed copious amounts of beer. Stout also published 'The Nero Wolfe Cookbook' in 1973.

1982 The population of China reached 1 billion.


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