Today in Food History
• National Fluffernutter Day
• National Salmon Day (Chicken-of-the-Sea)
• National Pierogi Day
• Health Care Food Service Workers Week (October 3-9, 2016) [Assoc. for Healthcare Foodservice]
• UK: National Seafood Week (Oct 7-14, 2016)
• UK: Bramley Apple Pie Week (Oct 3-9, 2016)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2016)
On this day in:
1850 Alinzor Clark received a patent for 'an improvement in hay-forks' (Pitchfork).
1871 The Great Chicago Fire broke out and destroyed over 17,000 buildings and left almost 100,000 people homeless. It was usually blamed on Mrs. Kate O'Leary's cow kicking over a lamp. However in 1997 the Chicago City Council looked into the evidence, both new and old, and passed a resolution exonerating Mrs. O'Leary and her cow. Many still believe the cow was guilty.
1871 The same night as the Chicago Fire, fire also leveled a broad swath of Michigan and Wisconsin, including the cities of Peshtigo, Holland, Manistee, and Port Huron. At least 1,200 people died (possibly twice as many) as a result of the fire.
1901 The American Sugar Refining Co. registered the "Domino" trademark for sugar.
1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition begins.
1942 During WWII the element Nickel was highly valued for use in armor plating. Effective today Nickel was was removed from the 5-cent piece (the nickel). The U.S. Mint used a special wartime alloy instead - copper (56%), silver (35%), and manganese (9%), through the end of 1945.
1945 P. L. Spencer applied for a patent for a microwave oven. (issued January 24, 1950)
1952 'The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette' was published.
1953 'Cattle Call' by Eddy Arnold was #1 on the country music charts.
1956 The first completely enclosed shopping mall, Southdale Shopping Center opens in Edina, Minnesota.
1979 'Sugar Babies' opened on Broadway
1990 The first McDonald's restaurant in mainland China opened in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.
2004 Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reported to prison to begin serving a sentence for lying about a well timed stock sale (see also March 5, 2004).