Today in Food History
• National Creamsicle Day
• St. Werenfrid's Day, patron of vegetable gardens
• UK: [Afternoon Tea Week] (Aug 10-16, 2020) A celebration of the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea.
On this day in:
1695 William Oliver was born (died March 17, 1764). English physician credited with creating the 'Bath Oliver' - a very plain, round unsweetened biscuit or cracker, usually served with cheese.
1765 A crowd in Boston gathered under a large elm tree to protest the Stamp Act passed by the British Parliament. The Act imposed a tax on all paper items in the American colonies, by requiring a special stamp. The 'Liberty Tree' became a rallying point for resistance to British rule over the American Colonies.
(see also March 22, 1765).
1848 The Oregon Territory was established. The area included the future states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and parts of Wyoming and Montana.
1873 The first issue of 'Field & Stream' was published.
1888 Oliver B. Shallenberger of Rochester, Pennsylvania received U.S. patent No. 388,003 for the electric meter, to measure the amount of electricity used.
1897 A record sturgeon was caught, 1,387 pounds, in the Fraser River. (Sturgeon Trivia & Facts)
1941 Paul Sabatier died. Organic chemist. The margarine, oil hydrogenation and methanol industries grew out of his research.
1956 The trademark "Chock Full O' Nuts - The Heavenly Coffee" was registered by the Federal Nut Co.
2003 A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. 50 million people lost power.