Today in Food History
• National Mulled Cider Day (Cider Trivia)
• Chewing Gum Day (See 1861 below)
(Chewing Gum Trivia & Facts)
• St. Jerome, patron of librarians and students.
• 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:
1861 William Wrigley, Jr. was born. William Wrigley Jr. started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father's company. He had a series of sales jobs, one which gave chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the product, so he was soon marketing his own gum, Juicy Fruit in 1893, and later that year Wrigley's Spearmint. He was an advertising genius, and his company became one of the largest advertisers in the U.S., and the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.
1887 Livestock market opens in South St. Paul and sells 363 cattle on its first day.
1958 Walter Frederick Morrison of La Puente, California was granted U.S. Design Patent No. 183,626 for a plastic 'Flying Toy' which he sold under the name 'Pluto Platter' - this was the basic design for the 'Frisbee.' The pie tins of the Frisbie Pie Company in Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the Frisbee.
1960 The last episode of 'The Howdy Doody Show' airs on NBC.
1962 The United Farm Workers union is founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
(Farms & Farmers Trivia)
1982 The TV sitcom 'Cheers' debuted. The long running series (1982-1993) was set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts.
1997 Hooters Restaurants agreed to pay $3.8 million in damages to settle a class action lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring practices because they would not hire males to wait tables.
2004 California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that bans the production and sale of foie gras beginning in 2012. (The sales ban was overturned Jan 7, 2015, but not the production ban).