Today in Food History
• National Cherry Turnover Day (Cherry Trivia & Facts)
• National Red Wine Day
• St. Augustine of Hippo's Day, patron of brewers.
On this day in:
1798 The first American vineyard was planted in Lexington, Kentucky. (Grape Trivia & Facts)
(Kentucky Food Trivia -- Kentucky Food Festivals)
1837 John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England begin manufacturing Worcester [Worcestershire] Sauce. (Worcester and Worcestershire Sauce)
1845 Rufus Porter, published the first issue of Scientific American. Ten months later he sold the magazine for $800. Porter held over 100 patents, including a fire alarm, signal telegraph, fog whistle, and a washing machine.
1875 Stephen McCormick died (born Aug 26, 1784). He was the inventor and manufacturer of a cast iron plow with removable parts.
1898 At his pharmacy in New Bern, North Carolina, Caleb D. Bradham renamed his new soft drink ‘Pepsi-Cola.’ His customers had been calling it ‘Brad's Drink’
(Pepsi Cola Trivia and Facts)
1908 Roger Tory Peterson was born (died July 28, 1996). American ornithologist and conservationist who wrote and illustrated 'A Field Guide to Birds' (1934) which increased public interest in the study of birds.
1943 Honey Lantree of the music group 'Honeycombs' was born.
1994 Shops throughout England and Wales can now open legally for the first time following a change in the Sunday trading laws.
2000 Foster's Brewing of Australia acquired Beringer Wine Estates of Napa, California for $1.5 billion.
2002 Spaniards threw 120 tons of tomatoes at each other at the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain. The annual tomato fight is the biggest food fight in the world. It has been a tradition since 1945 when a group of youngsters engaged in a spontaneous tomato fight in the town square. (Spanish Gastronomy)