Today’s Food History

National “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry” Day

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

1781 John Turberville Needham died. He was an English naturalist, and one of those who believed in the spontaneous generation of life. He boiled some mutton broth, sealed it in glass containers and when he found living organisms present after a few days, he believed they came from nonliving matter. He was wrong – boiling does not destroy all bacterial and fungal spores.

1817 The first coffee is planted in Hawaii.

1851 Asa Griggs Candler was born. In 1887, Asa Candler (1851-1929) a wholesale druggist, purchased the formula for Coca-Cola from John S. Pemberton an Atlanta pharmacist for $ 2,300. He sold the company in 1919 for $25 million.

1982 A second full moon occurred during the month ( a ‘blue moon’). What makes this one even more unusual was that it was also a total lunar eclipse in the U.S. (A ‘blue moon’ occurs once every 2.7 years)

2003 The FDA banned the use of ‘downer’ cattle from the human food supply, due to ‘Mad Cow’ fears.

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