JULY 8 - Today in Food History
• National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day
(Almond Trivia and Facts)
• St. Arnulph of Soissons' Day, Patron of hop-pickers, beer brewing (Beer & Brewing Articles)
• 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)
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1497 Vasco de Gama left Lisbon with four ships, to search for a sea route to India. He was the first European to sail there (notwithstanding Columbus’ valiant try), and he opened the area to Portuguese trade (and colonization).
1810 Gabriel Gustav Valentin was born. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice.
1831 John Styth Pemberton was born. Pemberton was the pharmacist who invented Coca-Cola in 1885.
(Coca-Cola Trivia and facts)
1844 Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln was born. She was the author of the original ‘Boston Cooking School Cook Book’, before Fanny Farmer took it over.
1856 In Rockport, Massachusetts, 200 women rampaged through town and destroyed every container of alcohol they could find. Afterwards, alcohol sales steadily declined, and Rockport along with several dozen other Massachusetts towns eventually became 'dry' (no liquor allowed). Except for a year-long interruption in the 1930s, Rockport remained dry until 2005.
1870 Congress enacted Federal Trademark Act 1870, first federal act permitting registration of trademarks.
1887 A riot breaks out at the saloonkeepers picnic in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Minnesota Trivia -- Minn. Festivals)
1881 Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, supposedly invented the Ice Cream Sundae, when he served a customer ice cream topped chocolate syrup (used to flavor ice cream sodas). It was a Sunday, and flavored soda water was not served on Sundays to respectable people. (Wisconsin Food Trivia - Festivals)
1886 It rained snails in Cornwall, England. (Sounds like a description of a Monty Python skit). July is one of the best months for raining all sorts of living creatures.
(Snail Trivia and facts)
1938 Dr. West's Miracle-Tuft toothbrushes first to offer plastic, non-animal, bristles.
1949 Wolfgang Puck was born. Austrian chef, cookbook author and restaurateur. Award winning Spago restaurant in Los Angeles (1982). He now hs more than 20 fine dining restaurants in addition to numerous pizza bars, bistros, cafes, express outlets, catering services, cultural center cafes, gourmet foods, cookware, appliances, etc.
[Official website: www.wolfgangpuck.com/]
1957 William Cadbury, chocolatier died at age 89.
1989 'Good Thing' by Fine Young Cannibals is #1 on the charts.
1996 'Wannabe,' the first #1 hit by the Spice Girls, was released.
2009 Concerned about the environmental impact, the town of Bundanoon in New South Wales, Australia became the world's first town to ban the sale of bottled water. The ban becomes effective September 26.
(Australia Food trivia -- Australia Food Festivals)
2020 Coronavirus: Economic activity has fallen sharply in every U.S. state, and they now face an unprecedented fiscal crisis threatening basic services due to increased spending demands and sharp revenue declines; Six top movie theater chains have filed a lawsuit against New Jersey for not allowing them to reopen; Hospitals in Florida, Texas, California, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are reporting record numbers of hospitalizations; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 3,097,080 with over 133,970 deaths; Global cases more than 11,950,040 with over 546,620 deaths.