JULY 13 - Today in Food History
• National French Fries Day (French Fries Trivia & Facts)
• Beans ‘n’ Franks Day (Baked Bean Recipes)
• [Spain: Fiesta de San Fermin] - Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain (July 6-14, 2020) CANCELED FOR 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.
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1568 The Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral developed a method to bottle beer. (Beer Trivia & Facts)
1794 James Lind died. Lind was a Scottish physician who recommended that fresh citrus fruit and lemon juice be included in the seamen's diet to eliminate scurvy. The Dutch had been doing this for almost two hundred years.
(Scurvy Facts & Trivia -- Citrus Fruit Trivia & Facts)
1846 In Nantucket, Massachusetts, a fire began in a hat store on Main Street and raced through town, consuming everything in its path. At the wharves, barrels of stored whale oil burst into flames, flowed into the water, and created a sea of fire. More than 250 buildings were destroyed, including most of the commercial district.
1864 John Jacob Astor IV born. Great grandson of John Jacob Astor, who founded the family fortune. John Jacob IV built the Astoria section of what would become the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1897) in New York city (this was on the site where the Empire State building would be built in 1929). He also built the Knickerbocker and the St. Regis Hotels. He died on the Titanic.
(St. Regis Hotel History).
1921 Christian K. Nelson and chocolate maker Russell C. Stover entered into an agreement in Des Moines, Iowa to produce and market Nelson's 'I-Scream Bar', the name was changed to Eskimo Pie (ice cream coated with chocolate). (Eskimo Pie Trivia)
1926 Taggart Baking Company registered "Wonder" trademark for bread and cake. (see also May 21, 1921).
1937 Vernon Rudolph sold the first Krispy Kreme doughnuts in what is now the 'Old Salem' area of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (That is the area of the original 1766 Moravian settlement of Salem.)
1937 Leroy Lind, of Rockford, Illinois received U.S. patent No. 2,087,157 for the Servisoft water softener. It was easier, faster to maintain, and less costly than existing systems.
1940 Paul Prudhomme was born in Louisiana (died Oct 8, 2015). Chef and restaurateur, he owned his first restaurant at the age of 17, and in 1979 opened his world famous Cajun restaurant, K-Pauls. He has also written several best selling cookbooks.
(Cajun Cuisine Trivia & Facts)
1977 Frustrated by an unsuccessful attempt to obtain funding for a water project, Kinney, Minnesota 'secedes' from the United States and applies for foreign aid. In support, Duluth's frozen pizza king Jeno Palucci donates 10 cases of frozen pizza. (Minnesota Food Trivia & Facts)
1977 A power blackout hit New York. Power was out for about 25 hours. There was widespread looting, unlike the calm of the 1965 blackout.
1985 Live Aid rock concert was held to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. Events were held in numerous venues around the world and broadcast live on TV. It is estimated that almost 2 billion people in more than 100 countries watched the live broadcast. Live Aid raised a total of more than $280 million for famine relief.
2008 Belgian based brewer InBev reached a deal to acquire Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion. This would create the world's largest brewer, which brands include Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, Rolling Rock, Labatt, Bass, Whitbread, Beck's, Corona, Lowenbrau, St. Pauli Girl, Stella Artois - a total of over 200 brands throughout the world. Annual sales in 2013 were over $43 billion.
(See also Sept 6, 2004). (Anheuser-Busch Trivia & Facts)
2020 Coronavirus: Texas and Florida hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus patients; Florida continues to report record high case numbers and Disney World is now open!; According to many experts, an aversion to wearing masks is holding back the U.S. economy; In New York City, Broadway, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center have all canceled fall programming, and many small concert venues may not have in-person shows until the spring of 2021; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 3,413,995 with over 137,782 deaths; Global cases more than 13,041,695 with over 571,660 deaths.