Today in Food History
• World Pasta Day [World Pasta Congress]
(Pasta Trivia & Facts -- Pasta Recipes)
• National Greasy Foods Day
• Sourest Day - celebrating all things sour!
• St. Crispian, patron of shoemakers, glove makers and lace makers.
On this day in:
1811 Dr. John M. Riggs was born (died Nov 11, 1885). First surgeon to operate on a patient under anaesthesia when he extracted a tooth using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) on Dec 11, 1844 in Hartford, Connecticut.
1905 J.J. McLaughlin Limited is incorporated in Toronto, Canada to produce a new beverage, 'Canada Dry Ginger Ale'. (Ginger Ale Trivia)
1923 Frederick Banting & John Macleod of the University of Toronto win the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discovery of the hormone insulin.
1927 Crosby Field of Brooklyn, N.Y. received patents for a 'Cleaning Pad' and a Scrubbing Device' (Brillo Pads). Patent assigned to Brillo Manufacturing Company.
1952 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
1955 The first microwave oven (the RL-1) for home use was introduced by the Tappan Stove Company. It cost about $1,200. (Microwave Oven Trivia)
1961 Chad Smith of the music group 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' was born.
1975 On the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' Chuckles the Clown is killed by an Elephant while he is dressed in a peanut suit.
1979 The 12th and final episode of the BBC TV sitcom 'Fawlty Towers' was broadcast. The series takes place in the fictional hotel Fawlty Towers, in the fictional town of Torquay on the 'English Riviera.'
2001 It was reported that the remains of a crocodile that lived 110 million years ago was found in Niger. It could grow up to 40 feet long and weigh more than 8 tons! (Too bad today's poachers couldn't run into that!)
2005 The European Court of Justice ruled that feta cheese is a traditional Greek product that deserves protection throughout the European Union's 25-nation block. Non-Greek European feta producers will not be allowed to call their product "feta."
(Feta Cheese Trivia • Feta Cheese Article & Comments)
2013 The award winning documentary 'Spinning Plates' opened in U.S. theatres. It is about three very unique restaurants and their owners.