Today in Food History
- National Creme de Menthe Day
- National Linguini Day
- St. Catherine of Genoa, patron of brides.
- National Farm Safety & Health Week (Sept 15-21, 2013)
- Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (Sept 7-22, 2013)
On this day in:
1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited by in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died after being hit by a locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Jumbo was supposedly 12 feet tall at the time of his death.
1885 Constantin Fahlberg received U.S. patent No. 326,281 for the artificial sweetener Saccharine.
(see also Feb 27, 1879).
1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured the first adding machine with a printer.
1904 The first U.S. weather balloon was launched in St. Louis, Missouri.
1962 The Four Seasons 'Sherry' hits number 1 on the charts.
1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.
1971 Greenpeace founded.
1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.
1995 Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.