Events of September 1

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1819 J.J. Wood patented a plow with interchangeable parts.

1826 Alfred Ely Beach was born. American inventor and publisher of Scientific American magazine.

1848 Auguste-Henri Forel was born. The next time you are on a picnic and become overtaken by ants, think of Forel. If you would like to know about ants, find a copy of his 5 volume ‘The Social World of the Ants.’

1906 Karl August Folkers was born. He was the first to isolate vitamin B12.

1914 Martha, the last surviving Passenger Pigeon died on September 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo, the species having been commercially hunted to extinction.

1940 Lillian D. Wald died. She was a scientist and nurse, and among her activities, she helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the U.S.

1951 The Premier, the first supermarket in Britain, opened it’s doors.