Today in Food History
• National Coffee Day (Get Free or discount coffee at many donut and fast food chains)
• St. Michael's Day, patron of grocers and bakers. (Also called Goose Day in some locations - "If you eat goose on Michaelmas Day, you will never want money all the year round.")
• UK: British Food Fortnight (Sept 20 - Oct 5, 2014)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2014)
On this day in:
1819 The whaling era in the Hawaiian Islands began when two New England ships, the Equator and the Balena, became the first whaling ships to arrive.
1860 Chapin Aaron Harris died. He was cofounder of the first dental school in the world, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.
1898 After a close vote on a Canadian national referendum on the prohibition of alcoholic beverages, the government takes no action (278,380 for, 264,693 against).
1916 The New York Times reports that John D. Rockefeller's is the world's first billionaire.
1962 'My Fair Lady' closed on Broadway after 6½ years and 2,717 performances.
1962 'Sherry' by the Four Seasons was number one on the music charts.
1964 St. Paul, Minnesota gets its first McDonald's Restaurant. Burgers are 15 cents each.
1967 Gladys Knight and the Pips released 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine.'
1974 The TV show 'Alice' debuted. Most of the action took place in Mel’s Diner.
1976 Shooting at a soda bottle at his 41st birthday party, Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shoots his bass player, Norman Owens (he makes a full recovery).
1978 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' by Taste Of Honey is #1 on the charts.
1989 August A. Busch Jr. ('Gussie') died (born March 28, 1899). Grandson of Anheuser-Busch brewery founder Adolphus Busch. 'Gussie' was company chairman from 1946-1975, and he built the company into the largest brewery in world.
2002 Cuban officials announced that the country had struck deals to buy more than $66 million in American food at a historic agribusiness show.