Today in Food History
• National Strawberry Cream Pie Day (Pie Recipes)
• St. Wenceslaus' Day, patron of brewers: Drink Beer Day
(Beer Trivia & Facts)
• UK: Red Squirrel Week (Sept 23-Oct 1, 2017) Once common, Red Squirrels are now only found in certain areas of the UK, which is why The Wildlife Trusts are working to protect them. [The Wildlife Trusts]
• UK: British Food Fortnight (Sept 23 - Oct 8, 2017)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2017)
On this day in:
1725 Arthur Guinnesss was born (died Jan 23, 1803). Irish brewer, founder of the Guinness brewery.
1891 Herman Melville died (born Aug 1, 1819). American writer, best known for the novel, 'Moby Dick; or The Whale'
1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.
(Pasteurization Facts & Trivia)
1901 King Camp Gillette and William Emery Nickerson founded the American Safety Razor Company to sell stamped steel razor blades for use with a one-time purchase razor handle. (name changed to Gillette Safety Razor Company.in 1902).
1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. "What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities."
1925 'Applesauce' opened at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.
1937 Joseph Bernard Friedman, of San Francisco, California, received U.S. patent #2,094,268 for soda straw with a flexible section that can be bent without reducing the diameter of the straw - a 'bendy' soda straw. (Original patent drawing)
1939 The final broadcast of the NBC musical variety radio show 'The Royal Gelatin Hour' (formerly 'The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour' from 1929-1936).
1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the 'father of hybrid corn.'
(Corn Trivia and Facts)