FEBRUARY 7 - Today in Food History
• Fettucine Alfredo Day
(Fettucine Alfredo History & Trivia -- Recipe)
• [African Heritage & Health Week] February 1-7
(commemorates the foods, flavors and healthy cooking techniques that were core to the wellbeing of African ancestors from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the American South.)
• Pride in Foodservice Week (Feb 6-10, 2023) [Assoc. of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals]
On this day in:
1804 John Deere was born. Inventor and manufacturer, he developed the first steel plow in 1838, and eventually founded John Deere & Company in 1868. (The company also made some of the most detailed toy versions of their equipment).
1812 Charles Dickens was born. English Victorian era author and social critic. In most of his 15 novels and hundreds of short stories, there are vivid descriptions of food and meals. There are many quotes about food from his books in the Food Quotes section of this website.
1817 The first public gas street light in the U.S. was lit in Baltimore, Maryland.
1877 The American Guernsey Cattle Club was founded.
1894 Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax died. A musical instrument maker, he invented the saxophone.
1904 The Great Baltimore Fire destroyed more than 1,500 buildings in central Baltimore, raging from Sunday morning until 5pm on Monday.
1943 Shoe rationing began in the U.S., limiting purchases to 3 pairs of leather shoes per year.
1948 Yutaka Ishinabe was born in Yokohama, Japan. First French chef on the Japanese cooking program ‘Iron Chef.’ Founded restaurant chain, Queen Alice.
1964 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream as the Beatles land at JFK airport in NY for their first U.S. tour. (Baskin-Robbins Trivia)
1976 Larry Groce's song 'Junk Food Junkie' peaks at #9 on the music charts.
1989 It was reported that a rain of sardines fell in Ipswich, Australia. (Australia Food Trivia)
1989 Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill to make Little Richards 'Tutti Frutti', the state's official rock song. (Georgia Food Trivia)
1992 The Maastricht Treaty ("Treaty on European Union") was signed in Maastricht, Netherlands, creating the European Union.
2018 According to a study published in 'Nature' journal, all Citrus Fruits can trace their origin to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas about eight million years ago. (Citrus Fruit Trivia)