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JANUARY 25 - Today in Food History

• National Irish Coffee Day (Irish Coffee Trivia)

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1759 Robert Burns was born (died July 21, 1796). Scottish poet, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.  His poem 'Auld Lang Syne,' set to the tune of a traditional folk song, is traditionally sung at midnight to celebrate the start of the New Year.

1799 Eliakim Spooner of Vermont patented a gravity feed seed planting machine. It was not until 1840 that a truly practical seed planting machine was developed.

1858 Mendelssohn's famous ‘Wedding March’ was first performed at a royal wedding.  Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise, the oldest child of Queen Victoria, married Frederick William IV of Prussia.

1870 Gustavus D. Dows received U.S. patent No. 99,170 for an "Improvement in Soda-Fountains"

1874 British author, W. Somerset Maugham was born. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: 'Cakes and Ale', 'The Alien Corn' and 'The Breadwinner.'

1906 Helen Corbitt was born (died: Jan 16, 1978). American chef and cookbook author. Texas Monthly declared Corbitt to be the 'Tastemaker of the Century.'

1919 The Hotel Pennsylvania opened in Manhattan, across the street from Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden. Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and operated by Ellsworth Statler, with 2,200 rooms it was the largest hotel in the world at the time.

1924 The First Winter Olympics open at Chamonix, in the French Alps.

1936 Donald Featherstone was born (died June 22, 2015). An American artist, he designed the original plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament.

1938 New England Products, Inc. registered "V8" trademark for its combination of eight vegetable juices: tomato, spinach, celery, carrot, beet, lettuce, watercress and parlsey juice.

1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water, to reduce tooth decay.
(Michigan Food Trivia)

1959 American Airlines opened the jet age in the U.S. with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

1969 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye was number one on the music charts.

1974 Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain, bought the San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million. (McDonald’s Trivia)

1993 Sears announced the closing of the catalog sales department after 97 years.

2018 French fishermen blockaded the port city of Calais to protest the practice of electric pulse fishing, which uses electrodes to emit electric waves, stunning fish which then float upwards and are scooped up by giant nets.


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