March 28 – Today’s Food History
National Black Forest Cake Day
Today’s Food History
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1797 The first U.S. patent for a ‘washing machine’ was issued (possibly to Nathaniel Briggs). It was called a scrub board or wash board.
1819 Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was born. A British civil engineer, he designed the main sewer system for London.
1897 Victor Mills was born. He was a chemical engineer who worked for Proctor & Gamble. He improved Duncan Hines cake mixes, improved Jif peanut butter, and invented Pampers disposable diapers.
1948 John Evans of the music group ‘Jethro Tull‘ was born.
1968 ‘Whiskey On A Sunday’ was recorded by the Irish Rovers.
1996 John Leonard submitted an order form along with ‘Pepsi Points’ and a check to Pepsi for a Harrier Jump Jet. The Harrier had been featured in a Pepsi commercial as one of the items that could be redeemed for ‘points,’ or a combination of cash and points. (the Harrier was listed for 7 million points). Pepsi subsequently refused to send Leonard the Harrier Jump Jet (actual cost: $23 million). Leonard then sued, and finally a judge ruled that the Harrier Jump Jet had obviously been mentioned in the promotion as a joke.