Today in Food History
• National Creme de Menthe Day
• National Linguini Day
• St. Catherine of Genoa, patron of brides.
• Biscuits and Gravy Week (Sept 10-16, 2014)
• International Housekeepers Week (Sept 14-20, 2014) [International Executive Housekeepers Association]
• Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (Sept 6-21, 2014)
• UK: National Cupcake Week (Sept 15-21, 2014)
On this day in:
1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited by in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died at age 24 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.
1949 'The Lone Ranger' debuted on ABC-TV, sponsored by General Mills. The company began sponsoring the Lone Ranger radio broadcast in 1941 (with 'Cheerios') and continued its ties until the last television episode aired in 1957.
1962 The Four Seasons 'Sherry' hits number 1 on the charts.
1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.
1971 Greenpeace was 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.
2011 Research from the University of Cambridge shows that fluctuations of serotonin levels in the brain, which often occur when someone hasn’t eaten or is stressed, affects brain regions that enable people to regulate anger.