Also, on this day in 1959 Duncan Hines died (born March 26, 1880). A traveling salesman, he published a list of his favorite restaurants and dishes ‘Adventures in Good Eating’ in 1935. The book was a big hit and in 1938 he wrote ‘Lodging for a Night’ and also wrote a newspaper column and became a favorite American restaurant and lodging critic. In the 1950’s he licensed the Duncan Hines name for ice cream, cake mixes and other products.
In 1965 Alan Stillman opened the first T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant at 1st Avenue & 63rd St. in New York City.
In 1980 McDonald’s test marketed Chicken McNuggets in Knoxville, Tennessee. They are so popular that they have to look for a second supplier.