SEPTEMBER 11 - Today in Food History
• National Hot Cross Bun Day (Hot Cross Bun Trivia)
• Biscuits and Gravy Week (Sept 8-14, 2019)
(Biscuit History -- Biscuits & Gravy Article & Recipe)
• International Housekeepers Week (Sept 8-14, 2019 - 2nd full week) [Int’l Executive Housekeepers Assoc]
• Canada: [National Organic Week] (Sept 9-15, 2019) The largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across Canada.
• [Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight] (Aug 31-Sept 15, 2019) A nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. (Food Festivals in Scotland)
On this day in:
1721 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius died. A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants, and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.
1777 The Battle of Brandywine in the American Revolutionary War. The British win, enabling them to capture Philadelphia.
1789 Alexander Hamilton was appointed as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
1851 Sylvester Graham died in Northampton, Massachusetts. He advocated vegetarianism, temperance and the use of coarse ground whole wheat (graham) flour. He developed the Graham cracker in 1829. (Sylvester Graham Biography)
1922 'A Fantastic Fricassee' opened at the Greenwich Village Theatre in New York.
1961 The World Wildlife Fund, a conservation organization, was founded.
1999 Eighty-three year old bee-keeper Virgil Foster died after being stung more than 50 times by Africanized 'killer bees' on August 31, 1999. He was the first 'killer bee' fatality in California. The bees original source was Brazil, where African bees were imported for experimental cross breeding. (Bee Trivia & Facts)
2000 Ronn Teitelbaum died (born Oct 16, 1938). Founder of Johnny Rockets 1950s diner-style restaurant franchise. (see also June 6, 1986)
2001 World Trade Center and Pentagon Terrorist Attack. Among those who perished, due to these heinous attacks, were many food workers who worked in the restaurants of the 2 Towers.
2006 Afghan President Hamid Karzai opened the $25 million Coca-Cola bottling plant in the capital city of Kabul. The first major business to open in Afghanistan in more than a decade. (Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)
2013 According to a United Nations report released today, 1/3 of all the food produced worldwide was going to waste or lost because of inappropriate practices, while 870 million people go hungry every day.
[View report on U.N. Food & Agriculture Org. website]
2014 M. Shanken Communications announced that ‘Food Arts’ magazine was ending publication. "It is with great sadness that, after 25 years, we announce the closing of Food Arts magazine."
2019 StarKist Co. fined $100 million for its role in a canned tuna price fixing conspiracy involving Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea brands. (see also June 17, 2020 and August 4, 2017).