World History: December 7 1941 Japanese planes attack Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, a United States Naval Base. More than 2400 people died along with a total of 19 ships and/or vessels sunk, and hundreds of aircraft were destroyed or damaged. War was immediately declared on the Japanese forcing the United States into World War II.
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 […]
World History: September 27 1728 Captain James Cook born, the British explorer who charted many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands, better known as Hawaii. 1982 The population of China reaches 1 billion.
World History: September 29 1819 The whaling era in the Hawaiian Islands begins when two New England ships arrive. 1989 August A. Busch Jr. (‘Gussie’) dies, the grandson of Anheuser-Busch brewery founder Adolphus Busch. 2002 Cuban officials announce they struck deals to buy more than $66 million in American food at a historic agribusiness show.
World History: September 27 1870 Edmund McIlhenny patents an improved method for making pepper sauce and today only the Tabasco Sauce can bear that name. 1877 James Drummond Dole born. Known as the Pineapple King, he founded Hawaiian Pineapple Company which was later renamed Dole Pineapple Co. 1957 Jay A. Pritzker purchases the Hyatt hotel […]
World History: August 21 1959 Hawaii officially becomes the 50th state of the United States. 1962 McDonald’s franchisee Edwin Traisman receives the patent for the method of preparing frozen french fries. 1988 Pubs now allowed to stay open 12 hours each day (except Sunday) in the United Kingdom. 1997 The largest meat recall in US […]
World History: July 27 1880 African American Alexander P. Ashbourne patents the method for refining coconut oil.
World History: June 18 1892 Macadamia nuts first planted in Hawaii.
Food & History: May 20 1506 Explorer Christopher Columbus dies. 1799 Honore de Balzac Born. Author and food enthusiast, Balzac would lock himself in a room when he had a spell of creativity consuming only fruit, eggs and coffee. When he took a break he consumed huge amounts of food. One report recalls that at […]
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