December 16 – National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
Today’s Food History
on this day in…
1773 The Boston Tea Party. A group of men dressed as Indians, boarded ships at Griffin’s wharf and dumped hundreds of tea chests into Boston harbor. The American Revolution began.
1833 Seaman Asahel Knapp was born. An American agriculturist, he began the system which evolved into the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service.
1863 Gerard Adriaan Heineken bought the Amsterdam brewery, ‘The Haystack’, which
dated back to 1592. This was the beginning of Heineken beer.
1884 William Fruen of Minneapolis, Minnesota patented an automatic liquid vending machine.
1965 British author, W. Somerset Maugham died. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: ‘Cakes and Ale’, ‘The Alien Corn’ and ‘The Breadwinner.’
1976 On the ‘Barney Miller’ TV show, Wojo’s hippie girlfriend baked a batch of ‘special’ brownies for the precinct.
1980 Harland Sanders died at Shelbyville, Kentucky. Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant chain.
2004 Country Music singer Willie Nelson opened his own restaurant, the Texas Roadhouse Grill, in Austin, Texas.