Today in Food History
• National Caramel Custard Day
• St. Clare of Assisi, patron of laundry workers and good weather.
• UK: [British Food Fortnight] (Sept 19 - Oct 4, 2020)
• UK: Fungus Day: Oct 3, 2020 [British Mycological Soc]
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 22-Oct 22, 2020)
[The Tree Council] Gather seeds, fruits and nuts which can be nurtured to grow the trees of the future.
On this day in:
1789 President George Washington signed a proclamation declaring Thursday the 26th day of November as the first national Thanksgiving Day under the Constitution.
1803 John Gorrie was born (died June 16, 1855). An American physician he pioneered the artificial manufacture of ice, refrigeration, and air conditioning. While a Naval officer in Apalachicola, Florida he needed ice to treat malaria patients. He used a small steam driven piston to chill brine, which was used to cool air or make ice. He was issued the first U.S. Patent (No. 8080) for mechanical refrigeration in May 1851.
1863 Abraham Lincoln declared that Thanksgiving Day would be an annual event celebrated on the last Thursday in November. (Finally set at 4th Thurs in 1941)
1872 Emily Post was born. (or Oct 27; year also variously given as 1872 or 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).
1883 The ‘Orient Express’ made its first run from Paris to Constantinople.
1899 The first motorized vacuum cleaner was patented by John S. Thurman (US patent # 634,042). This "pneumatic carpet renovator" was gasoline powered and mounted on a horse-drawn wagon. Thurman went door to door offering vacuuming services for $4 per visit.
1910 Lucy Hobbs Taylor died (born March 14, 1833). The first American female Dentist.
1911 Corn Products Refining Co. registered 'Mazola' trademark for edible corn-oil.
1941 Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) was born.
1942 To deal with the financial pressures of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's issued an Executive Order establishing the Office of Economic Stabilization, authorizing control of wages, salaries, profits, rents, and prices of agricultural commodities.
1952 The British Minister of Food announced the end of rationing and price controls on Tea.
1955 The children's television show 'Captain Kangaroo' debuted on CBS TV and 'The Mickey Mouse Club' debuted on ABC TV.
1979 Josh Klinghoffer was born. Guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2013 Swarms of 2" long giant hornets were reported to have killed more than 40 people and injured more than 1,600 in northern China.
2020 Coronavirus: After president Trump's coronavirus diagnosis yesterday, at least 3 Republican senators, and several other high-profile Republicans close to the president have tested positive for the virus.