AUGUST 3 - Today in Food History
• National Watermelon Day (Watermelon Trivia
Watermelon History, Facts & Thumping)
• St. Lydia's Day, patron of cloth dyers.
• [World Breastfeeding Week] (Aug 1-7)
On this day in:
1492 Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain on his first voyage to what he thought were the Indies.
1803 Sir Joseph Paxton was born. Paxton was an English landscape gardener, and hothouse designer. He was the architect of the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
1806 Michel Adanson died (born April 7, 1727). Adson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used. The Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitat) is named for Adanson. (Baobab Trivia)
1811 Elisha Graves Otis was born (died April 8, 1861). He invented the first safe elevator, and opened the door to rooftop restaurants.
1880 The American Canoe Association was founded on the shores of Lake George in New York.
1913 Wheatland Hop Riot: One of the first major farm labor confrontations in California, it resulted in four deaths and numerous injuries. The incident was a harbinger of future battles to organize agricultural labor throughout the U.S.
1921 Near Troy, Ohio John A. Macready became the first to crop dust from an airplane when he spread insecticide on the farm of Harry Carver to kill an infestation of Sphinx moth caterpillars.
1926 The first traffic lights in the UK were installed at Piccadilly Circus, London.
1941 Martha Stewart was born. Entertaining advisor, cookbook author, etc. (see also March 5, 2004)
1954 Colette, (Sidonie Gabrielle) died. A French novelist, her novels contain many exact and detailed descriptions of food and the pleasures of the table, and quite a few recipes
1990 UK: A weather station in Leicestershire recorded a record high temperature of 99 degrees F (37.1C).