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Today in History: April 5

Today in History: April 5

1764  The Sugar Act passed in Britain which placed new restrictions on the import of molasses to America.

1806  Isaac Quintard of Connecticut receives a patent for an apple cider mill.

1858  W. Atlee Burpee born, founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company.

1864  George W. Brown of Illinois receives patent for the first successful mechanical corn planter.

1994  Andre Tchelistcheff dies. A Russian-born US enologist, he was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition.