October 24 – Today’s Food History
This Day in Food History
National Bologna Day
Feast of Good & Plenty
1817 Hippolyte Mege Mouries was born. A French scientist, he invented margarine and patented canned meat.
1836 Alonzo Dwight Philips patented the phosphorous friction safety match in the U.S.
1861 The first transcontinental telegraph was completed and went into operation. Within days the Pony Express ceased operations.
1911 Nathaniel Wyeth was born. A chemist and inventor, he patented the PET (polyethylene terephthalate). It was the first plastic strong enough to use to bottle carbonated beverages.
1929 ‘Black Thursday’ – the first day of the panic driven stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression.
1939 Employees at DuPont’s factory in Wilmington, Delaware purchased the first nylon stockings for sale in the U.S. They were available nationally in May, 1940.