JULY 23 - Today in Food History
• National Vanilla Ice Cream Day (Ice Cream Recipes)
• St. Phocas the Gardener, patron of farmers and gardeners.
On this day in:
1803 Samuel Augustus Maverick was born (died Sept 2, 1870). An American cattleman and politician. He didn't brand his cattle, and his name is the source of the term 'maverick' referring to an unbranded animal.
(Cattle Trivia and Facts)
1894 Arthur Treacher, actor, announcer was born. He later founded Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips restaurant franchise.
1903 Ford Motor Company sold its first car, a Model A.
1904 The Ice Cream cone was invented. Charles E. Minches invents the ice cream cone for his customers convenience at the St. Louis World's Fair (The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition). This is only one account, there are several other candidates. (Ice Cream Trivia & Facts)
1915 Vincent Sardi Jr. was born (died Jan 4, 2007). Owner, Sardi's Restaurant, New York, N.Y.
1964 Leroy and Forrest Raffel open the first Arby's Roast Beef Restaurant in Boardman, Ohio, serving only roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and a beverage. The name stands for R.B. the initials of Raffel Brothers.
1975 Canada bans the Soviet Unions Atlantic fleet from Canadian ports for overfishing quotas.
1982 The International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to ban commercial whaling beginning with the 1985/86 season.
1987 Major League Baseball pitcher (1965-1979) ‘Catfish’ Hunter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1995 The National Inventors Hall of Fame opened in Akron, Ohio. (http://invent.org/ )
2010 The largest recorded hailstone ever recovered in the U.S. fell during a severe thunderstorm in Vivian, South Dakota. Verified by the National Climatic Extremes Committee, it weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces, and measured 8 inches in diameter with a circumference of 18.62 inches.