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Today in Food History

• National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
National Guacamole Day
• (National Play-Doh Day, see September 18)
• Feast of St. Cornelius, patron of cattle, domestic animals.
• St. Ludmila, patron of in-law problems.

• International Housekeepers Week  (Sept 11-17, 2016)
  [International Executive Housekeepers Association]
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (Sept 3-18, 2016)  A nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. (Food Festivals in Scotland)

On this day in:

1380 Charles V of France Died.
* It was Charles V who commissioned Taillevent to write what would become the first professional cookery book written in France, 'Le Viandier'.
* Forks were mentioned in an inventory during his reign
* Some believe that he died as a result of eating amanita mushrooms.

1736 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit died (born May 24, 1606). Fahrenheit was a German physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale thermometer. It was the first thermometer to use mercury instead of alcohol, which also extended the temperature range of  thermometers.

1835 Charles Darwin arrived at the Galapagos islands aboard the HMS Beagle. The unique fauna he observed on the various islands there helped in forming his theory of natural selection.

1903 Luther Crowell died (born Sept 7, 1840). He invented a machine to make square bottomed grocery bags.(U.S. Patent No. 123,811, Feb 20, 1872)

1916 Prohibition goes into effect in Ontario, Canada.

1919 Marvin P. Middlemark was born (died Sept 14, 1989). American inventor, he invented the 'Rabbit Ear' TV antenna in 1953 in Rego Park (Queens), New York, and among other minor inventions, a water powered potato peeler.

1947 The first aluminum foil, Reynolds Metals 'Reynolds Wrap' goes on sale.

1987 The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed. The international treaty was designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of most substances responsible for ozone depletion, such as CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons).


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