Events of August 23

Today’s Food History

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1617 The first one way streets were established in London. Seventeen one way streets were created to regulate “disorder and rude behaviour of Carmen, Draymen, and others using Cartes.”

1813 Alexander Wilson died. Scottish naturalist, ornithologist and poet. Founder of American ornithology

1858 ‘Ten Nights in a Barroom,’ a melodrama about the evils of drink, opened at the National Theater in New York City.

1859 At the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City, the first elevator in an American hotel began operation.

1902 Fannie Merrit Farmer opened Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston, Massachusetts.

1955 Hail falls to a depth of 1 foot in Rushmore, Minnesota.

2004 The French Parliament passed a bill to combat obesity among French youth. The bill bans junk food and soft drink vending machines in French schools, and requires health warnings or an alternate tax on snack food and soft drink commercials. The provisions become effective in September, 2005.