JULY 4 - Today in Food History
• The Fourth of July. U.S. Independence Day
• National Barbecue Day (by tradition)
(Barbecue & Grilling Articles)
• National Barbecued Spareribs Day
(Barbecue Spareribs Recipes)
• National Baked Beans Day [US Dry Bean Council]
(Baked Beans Recipes)
• National Caesar Salad Day
(Caesar Salad Origin and Recipes)
• Canada’s National Fishing Week (July 4-12, 2020)
[Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation]
On this day in:
1810 'The Agricultural Museum' magazine began publication.
1817 Construction began on the Erie Canal which would connect the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, providing a water route to New York City and the Atlantic Ocean. (Officially opened Oct 26, 1825).
1828 The cornerstone was laid for the Tremont House in Boston, Massachusetts. It would be the first U.S. hotel to install bathrooms. It opened on October 16, 1829.
1845 Henry David Thoreau begins his 2 year experiment with simple living at Waldon Pond. (see also Sept 6, 1847).
1848 Francois Auguste René Vicomte de Chateaubriand died. Chateaubriand was a French writer and politician. His chef, Montmireil, created a famous recipe consisting of a center cut from the beef tenderloin, grilled and served with béarnaise sauce and chateau potatoes. Montmireil named the dish Chateaubriand.
1855 The first edition of 'Leaves of Grass' was self-published by Walt Whitman in Brooklyn, New York. It contained 12 poems.
1893 A team from Zorra Township, Ontario wins World Championship Tug Of War at the Chicago World Fair.
1906 Vincent Schaefer was born. A U.S. research chemist, he invented 'cloud seeding' with dry ice to cause rain or snow.
1916 Nathan's of Coney Island hosted the first Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. James Mullen ate 13 hot dogs in buns in 12 minutes.
1918 Pauline Esther and Esther Pauline were born. Pauline Esther’s pen name was Abigal Van Buren and she wrote the "Dear Abby" newspaper advice column. Her twin sister Esther Pauline wrote the "Ann Landers" column advice column.
1920 Leona Helmsley was born (died Aug 20, 2007). American hotelier famous for her tyrannical behavior, and known as The Queen of Mean. (See also Dec 12 1989)
1943 Alan Wilson of the music group 'Canned Heat' was born.
1947 Margaret Rudkin opened the first modern Pepperidge Farm bakery in Norwalk, Connecticut.
1954 All food rationing finally ended in Britain, almost nine years after the end of World War II.
1956 At a Fourth of July family picnic, Milton Levine came up with the idea for the Ant Farm. (Ant Trivia)
1969 Elena Arzak was born. Joint head chef with her father, Juan Mari Arzak, at the family's 3 Michelin star restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain. Named World's Best Female Chef in 2012.
[Arzak restaurant website: www.arzak.es/en/]
2006 Georges Duboeuf, a Beaujolais wine producer, was fined €30,000 for fraud when about 300,000 bottles of wine produced by his estate were found to have been illegally blended from different types of grape rather than a single source. (Beaujolais Wine Article)
2018 Joey Chestnut set a new record in Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. He consumed 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
2020 Coronavirus: U.S. continues to show record daily new cases; In most states this 4th of July there will be no barbecues, no relaxing at the beach, no baseball, no concerts in the park, no parades, no fireworks, and no alcohol; In Florida, Miami-Dade county announced a 10pm to 6am curfew until further notice; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 2,890,585 with over 132,100 deaths; Global cases more than 11,191,680 with over 529,125 deaths.