Today in Food History
• National Candy Corn Day
• National Breadstick Day (Oct 30, 2020, last Fri)
On this day in:
1815 Andrew Jackson Downing was born. American horticulturist, author of ‘The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America’ (1845) and editor of the 'Horticulturist' periodical.
1877 Irma S. Rombauer was born (died Oct 14, 1962). Author of 'The Joy of Cooking' - one of the most published cookbooks, she originally had to pay to have the book privately published in 1931. Finally in 1936, publisher Bobbs-Merril Co. published the cookbook and it has been in print ever since.
1893 The last day of the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair) in Chicago, Illinois. It celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492.
1929 Prohibition ends in Nova Scotia, Canada, replaced by government control of liquor sales.
1938 Martians attack Earth! Or so many radio listeners thought when hearing Orson Welles' radio broadcast of H.G. Wells 'War of the Worlds.' The broadcast was done in a series of 'news alerts' which millions of listeners believed were real.
1945 Shoe rationing ended in the U.S.
1947 The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was signed by 23 nations in Geneva. The Agreement eventually led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995.
1964 Buffalo Wings were created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, for her son and some friends as a midnight snack.
(Original Redhot Buffalo Wings)
1990 'Ice Ice Baby' by Vanilla Ice is #1 on the charts.
1989 Smith Dairy in Orrville, Ohio makes a world's record milkshake: 1,575.2 gal gallons.
1993 Meat Loaf's album 'Bat Out of Hell II - Back Into Hell' was #1 on the charts.
2012 900 mile wide Hurricane Superstorm 'Sandy' hits the U.S. East Coast. (See Oct 29)
2015 Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro died (born June 24, 1919). An American actor who played Al Delvecchio, Drive-In owner and cook on the TV sitcom 'Happy Days' and Murray Greshler on 'The Odd Couple'. He also appeared in many television commercials.
2019 The New York City Council voted to ban the sale of foie gras beginning in 2022. Violations will be punishable by a $2,000 fine. About 1,000 New York City restaurants have foie gras on their menu.
(Foie Gras Trivia & Facts)