Food & History: January 1
1449 Lorenzo de Medici (The Magnificent) of Florence born, great grandfather of Catherine who is known as the Mother of “French Haute Cuisine”.
1772 The London Credit Exchange Company issues the first traveler’s checks.
1859 Michael Joseph Owens born, inventor a revolutionary automatic glass bottle making machine.
1876 The first world’s oldest trademark is the red triangle, registered for Bass Pale Ale.
1968 Celebrity chef Cat Cora born, the only female “Iron Chef” on the Food Network.
1996 The last Polynesian tree snail, species Partula turgida, died at the London Zoo. They lived on the South Pacific island of Raiatea.
1998 Smoking is banned in California restaurants and bars.