October 8 – Today’s Food History
This Day in Food History
National Fluffernutter Day
1871 The Great Chicago Fire broke out and destroyed over 17,000 buildings and left almost 100,000 people homeless. It was usually blamed on Mrs. Kate O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lamp. However in 1997 the Chicago City Council looked into the evidence, both new and old, and passed a resolution exonerating Mrs. O’Leary and her cow. Many still believe the cow was guilty.
1919 Congress passed the Volstead Act, which enforced the ban on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition begins.
1952 ‘The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette’ was published.
1979 ‘Sugar Babies’ opened on Broadway