Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1871 Samuel Hopkins Adams was born (died Nov 16, 1958).  American author and journalist. His series of articles in 1905 about patent medicines (‘The Great American Fraud’) for Collier’s Weekly, led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.

In 1904 Ancel Keys was born (died Nov 20, 2004).  An American nutritionist, he developed the lightweight, nutritious K ration used during WW II.  He also identified saturated fats role in causing heart disease.

In 1915 Corn Products Refining Co. registered ‘ARGO’ trademark for corn starch.

In 1925 Paul Newman was born (died Sept 26, 2008). Actor, director, race car driver, etc. Newman also co-founded ‘Newman’s Own’ food company, which donates all profits to charity (amounting to more than $380 million as of 2013).

In 1932 William Wrigley, Jr. died. He started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father’s company. He had a series of sales jobs, one of which gave chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the product, so he was soon marketing his own gum, Juicy Fruit in 1893, and later that year Wrigley’s Spearmint. An advertising genius, his company became the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.

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