Today in Food History
• National Raspberry Bombe Day
• UK: [Afternoon Tea Week] (Aug 9-15, 2021) A celebration of the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea.
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1858 Christiaan Eijkman was born (died Nov 5, 1930). A Dutch physician who discovered that beriberi was caused by a poor diet (a lack of vitamin B1), which eventually led to the discovery of vitamins.
1865 Gifford Pinchot was born (died Oct 4, 1946). In 1905 he was the first chief of the new Forest Service when management of forest reserves was transferred to the Dept. of Agriculture from the Dept. of the Interior. Regarded as a father of American conservation due to his unrelenting concern for the protection of the American forests.
1874 Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, Connecticut patented the sprinkler head.
1896 Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, Connecticut received U.S. patent No. 565,541 for an on/off pull-chain electric light 'Socket For Incandescent Lamps.' The design is still popular today.
1903 Satori Kato of Chicago, Illinois was issued the first U.S. patent for instant coffee (U.S. patent No. 735,777 - "Coffee Concentrate and Process of Making Same"). The patent application was filed in 1901, when his Kato Coffee Company introduced the product at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo.
(Coffee Trivia -- Coffee History --- Coffee Quotes)
1949 Eric Carmen of the music group 'The Raspberries' was born.
1953 Dorothy Feiner Rodgers, of New York, NY, received patent for a "Cleaning Swab for Toilet Bowls and the Like"; an improved 'Jonny Mop' with a disposable cleaning pad.
1962 Booker T and the MG's released their instrumental single 'Green Onions'.
1987 Clara Peller died (born Aug 4, 1902). She is the actress who is famous for her Wendy's TV commercial, "Where's the beef?" (see also March 22, 1985).
1992 The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was the largest shopping mall in the U.S.
2009 John Hughes died (born Feb 18, 1950). Film director and screenwriter. 'The Breakfast Club' (1985); 'Home Alone' (1990); 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' (1987).