April 9 – Today’s Food History
National Chinese Almond Cookie Day
Today’s Food History
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1626 Sir Francis Bacon died. An English statesman, philosopher and author of ‘Novum Organum’, a work on scientific inquiry. Some also claim he wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare. He died after having stuffed a dressed chicken with snow to see how long the flesh could be preserved by the extreme cold. He caught cold and died from complications about a month later.
1682 Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed the whole Mississippi Basin for France. He named it Louisiana, in honor of Louis XIV of France.
1770 Capt. James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.
1850 William Prout died. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
1872 Samuel R. Percy of New York received a patent for dried milk.
1965 The entire cast of the comic strip ‘Peanuts’ was featured on the cover of TIME magazine