World History: November 28 1520 Under the command of Portuguese, explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed from the Atlantic Ocean through the passage now known as the Straits of Magellan, entering the “Sea of the South” in search of an alternate route to the Spice Islands. 1837 John Wesley Hyatt born, he invented a water purifying system […]
World History: November 23 1534 German botanist Otto Brunfels dies. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany. 1553 Italian Botanist Prospero Alpini born. He is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe. 1921 US President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act which prohibits doctors from prescribing alcohol, […]
World History: November 16 1620 Maize, the first corn discovered by European settlers. 1889 The Oahu Railway begins in Hawaii. This railroad makes it possible to move agricultural products from inland to port.
World History: November 7 1872 The ship Mary Celeste sailed for Genoa from New York with a cargo of 1700 barrels of alcoholic spirits, later found abandoned near the Azores. 1950 Hawaii officially becomes the 50th state of the United States. 1996 The Distilled Spirits Council of the US votes to remove hard liquor ads […]