Food & History: March 2
1787 English William Bass dies, founder of Bass Brewery.
1865 John James McLaughlin born, Canadian chemist and founder of Canada Dry soft drink brand.
1903 Martha Washington Hotel opens in New York City and was the first hotel exclusively for women.
1942 The Stage Door Canteen opened in New York in the basement of the 44th Street Theater.
1984 Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s franchise restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois closed after opening in 1955.
1989 A phone call to the US Embassy in Chile begins results in an 11 day embargo of Chilian fruit. The anonymous phone call warns that Red Flame grapes have been injected with cyanide. Over 2 million crates of Chilean fruit is impounded and 20,000 Chilean food workers lose their jobs. Consumers in the US and abroad stop eating grapes of any kind for months No real evidence of contamination was ever found.
2011 The US Fish & Wildlife Service declared the Eastern Cougar officially extinct.