Food & History: January 23
National Pie Day
1803 Arthur Guinnesss dies, Irish brewer and founder of the Guinness brewery.
1832 French painter Édouard Manet born. His first significant painting was ‘The Absinthe Drinker.’
1862 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa brought 1,400 varieties of grapevines from Europe to California, after the phyloxera blight destroyed much of Europe’s vineyards.
1963 3 million gallons of soybean oil flooded streets in Mankato, Minnesota when a storage tank ruptured. The oil eventually the oil ended up in the Mississippi River killing more than 10,000 ducks.
1977 Toots Shor dies (born May 6, 1903). He was an American restaurateur, Toots Shor’s Restaurant was a gathering place for New York celebrities during the 1940s and 1950’s including Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Gleason who brought Frank Sinatra there and introduced him to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.