Today in History: April 1 April Fool’s Day 1891 Wrigley Chewing Gum Company founded. 1893 The first dishwashing machine became an award winning success at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which eventually became KitchenAid. 1957 The BBC aired a spoof TV documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland, showing women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a […]
Today in History: March 31 1848 William Waldorf Astor was born, builder of the famous Waldorf-Astoria in 1897. 1978 Charles Best dies discoverer of the hormone insulin which is used to treat diabetes. 1989 Chefs from Japanese restaurants in New York persuade the FDA to allow importing and serving fogu (blowfish). 1992 Bob Wian dies, […]
Today in History: March 30 1868 The Pullman Palace Car Company introduces the first railroad dining car. 1899 Chiquita brands, originally known as the Tropical Trading & Transport Company merged with rival Boston Fruit Company to form the United Fruit Company. 1914 Morton Salt Company registers its ‘When It Rains It Pours’ trademark. 1972 Royal Canadian Navy […]
Today in History: March 29 1886 Coca-Cola created by Dr. John Pemberton. 1900 Charles Elton born, an English biologist who first developed the idea of a food chain. 1943 Meat and Cheese rationing begins in the United States due to World War II shortages.
Today in History: March 27 1915 Mary Mallon (aka Typhoid Mary) arrested and quarantined at Riverside Hospital in New York City until her death in 1938. She had been arrested and quarantined several times. Although immune to the disease, she was a carrier of the bacillus and spread it wherever she worked as a cook. […]
Today in History: March 26 1753 Benjamin Thompson, Count von Rumford born. American physician who invented the percolator, a pressure cooker and a kitchen stove. He is also frequently credited with creating the Baked Alaska dessert. 1880 Famous Foodie Duncan Hines born. 2006 Scotland beings to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.
Today in History: March 25 1775 George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were supposedly a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson. 1914 Norman Ernest Borlaug born. An American agronomist and Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger. He developed the wheat/rye hybrid called ‘triticale’ […]
Today in History: March 24 1765 British Parliament passes a law which requires American colonists to provide temporary quarters, food, drink, etc. to British troops stationed in their towns. 1914 Stephen F. Whitman registered a trademark for ‘Whitman’s Sampler Chocolates & Confections.’ 1974 Nathan’s Hot Dog founder Nathan Handwerker dies. 1990 Cook book author Jane Grigson […]
Today in History: March 23 1806 Lewis & Clark expedition began the journey back to St. Louis from their winter encampment from Columbia River in Oregon. 1857 Fannie Merritt Farmer was born, American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of ‘The Boston Cooking School Cook Book’ which became known in future editions as […]
Today in History: March 21 1904 Canadian Foodie Jehane Benoît was born. 1904 St. Francis Hotel opens in San Francisco, California. 1910 Julio Gallo born, founder of the largest winery in the United States. 1994 A shortage of Japanese grown rice due to bad harvests. Japan’s Imperial Palace serves royal meals to the Emperor & […]