Today in Food History
• UK: Fungus Day: Oct 9, 2016 [British Mycological Soc]
• Moldy Cheese Day
• Grinder, Hoagie, Hero Day
• Health Care Food Service Workers Week (October 3-9, 2016) [Assoc. for Healthcare Foodservice]
• National Chestnut Week (Oct 9-15, 2016) ?
• UK: Bramley Apple Pie Week (Oct 3-9, 2016)
• UK: National Seafood Week (Oct 7-14, 2016)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2017)
On this day in:
1855 Isaac Merritt Singer was issued the first U.S. patent for a sewing machine motor.
1891 Otto Schnering was born (died Jan 10, 1953). Founder of the Curtiss Candy Company in 1916. The company's first candy product was named Kandy Kake, renamed Baby Ruth in 1921. The Butterfinger candy bar was introduced in 1926.
1899 Charles Ranhofer died (born Nov 7, 1836). Chef at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City from 1862 to 1896. Wrote cookbook 'The Epicurean' (1894).
1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.
1917 Clarence Saunders, founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain in Memphis (the first true self-service grocery store), received U.S. Patent #1,242,872 for a 'Self Serving Store'.
1936 The first generator at Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
1938 Rocky Aoki was born (died July 10, 2008). Founder of Benihana Japanese Steakhouse restaurant chain.
1941 Carmen Miranda recorded 'The Man with the Lollipop Song.'
1946 'The Iceman Cometh' opened in New York City.
1962 Union Carbide registered 'Glad' trademark for plastic bags.
1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City's Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.
1991 The first Sumo wrestling tournament ever held off Japanese soil in the sport's 1500 year history begins at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1996 World's largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.
2007 SABMiller and Molson Coors announced an agreement to combine their U.S. operations to create MillerCoors. U.S. antitrust regulators approved the joint venture on June 5, 2008, and MillerCoors began operation as a combined entity on July 1, 2008.
2012 The last filling of the iconic 6.5 ounce returnable glass Coca Cola bottles was capped in Winona, Minnesota.