JULY 12 - Today in Food History
• National Pecan Pie Day
(Pecan Pie Recipes -- Pecan Trivia & Facts)
• St. Veronica's Day, patron of laundresses.
• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 4-12, 2020)
[Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]
• [Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin] - Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain (July 6-14, 2020) CANCELED FOR 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.
• UK: [Great British Pea Week] (July 6-12, 2020)
On this day in:
1730 Josiah Wedgwood was born. English inventor, artist, world renowned pottery designer and manufacturer. His daughter, Susannah, was the mother of Charles Darwin.
1817 Henry David Thoreau was Born (died May 6, 1862). American author, philosopher, and naturalist. Author of 'Walden; or, Life in the Woods.'
1819 A plague of locusts devours every plant in the Red River district of Manitoba. (Locust Trivia)
1834 David Douglas died (born June 25, 1799). A Scottish botanist, he collected plants in Scotland, North America and Hawaii. The Douglas Fir is named for him. He was gored or crushed to death in Hawaii by a wild bull when he fell into an animal trap pit with the bull.
1859 William Goodale of Clinton, Massachusetts patented a paper bag manufacturing machine. At one time this was a very hot field of research.
(Paper Bag Trivia)
1861 or 1864 George Washington Carver was born (exact year is unknown). African American botanist, educator, agricultural chemist and innovator. He developed hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. He established the George Washington Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee, for agricultural research.
1873 It is reported that it rained frogs in Kansas City, Missouri. (Missouri Food Trivia -- MO Food Festivals)
1874 Canada: Ontario Agricultural College was founded (now the University of Guelph, Ontario).
1876 Acrobat Maria Spelterina walks across Niagara Falls backward on a tightrope, with peach baskets on her feet.
1896 The first public beach in the nation opens in Revere, Massachusetts. The newly-created Metropolitan Parks Commission had taken over the longest natural beach in the Boston area and built a broad boulevard, an elegant public bathhouse, shade pavilions, and a bandstand.
1920 President Woodrow Wilson 'officially' proclaimed the opening of the Panama Canal. The first ship actually passed through the canal on August 15, 1914, but clean-up operations and the start of WW I put off the originally scheduled grand celebration.
1927 The 'Green Giant' trademark was registered (canned peas). (Jolly Green Giant Bio)
1932 Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, received a patent for the first whole loaf bread-slicing machine with multiple cutting bands (see also July 7, 1928).
1934 Ole Evinrude died (born April 19, 1877). He invented the first practical outboard motor in 1909. The idea came to him while rowing a boat to a picnic one day. He decided there must be an easier way to move a small boat on the water.
1948 Richard Simmons was born. Creator of the weight loss program, ‘Sweatin' to the Oldies’.
1962 In Pennsylvania, a garbage dump begins to burn underground, and the fire spreads to nearby coal mining tunnels. It was still burning in 1984. It may still be burning.
1982 The last Checker taxi cab rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
2020 Coronavirus: U.S. cases continue to surge in states in the South and West and daily fatalities begin to rise to record highs; Teachers unions fearful about school reopenings - how will schools stay clean, keep students physically distant; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 3,355,645 with over 137,400 deaths; Global cases more than 12,847,285 with over 567,730 deaths.