Today in Food History

• Columbus Day Observed (U.S., 2018) Actual day of Columbus arrival to the Americas was October 12, 1492

• National Fluffernutter Day (Fluffernutter is a New England classic: Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Fluff on white bread).

• National Salmon Day
  (Salmon Trivia & Facts  --  Salmon Recipes)

• National Pierogi Day (Polish dumplings)

• Canada: Thanksgiving Day (October 8, 2018)
  (Canadian Thanksgiving Trivia)

• Health Care Food Service Workers Week (October 7-13, 2018) [Assoc. for Healthcare Foodservice]

• UK: British Egg Week (Oct 8-14, 2018)
  [British Egg Information Service] Get Cracking for British Egg Week 2018.

• UK: [National Seafood Week] (October 5-12, 2018)
(Seafood Recipes)

• UK: [Seed Gathering Season] (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2018)

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.
(Chicago Food Trivia)

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. (Sugar Trivia & Facts)

1906 Harry G. Day was born (died Sept 8, 2007).  A nutritional biochemist, he helped develop the fluoride additive used in toothpaste to fight tooth decay. Proctor and Gamble funded his research at Indiana University. The FDA approved stannous fluoride in 1955 for use in toothpaste. In 1956 P&G introduced Crest toothpaste with this ingredient, which they called fluoristan.

1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition begins. (Prohibition Trivia)

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; patent granted January 24, 1950.  (see also July 19, 1894)

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.
(McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)

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).



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