Food & History: November 28
1520 Under the command of Portuguese, explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailed from the Atlantic Ocean through the passage now known as the Straits of Magellan, entering the “Sea of the South” in search of an alternate route to the Spice Islands.
1837 John Wesley Hyatt born, he invented a water purifying system and a sugar cane mill.
1863 Thanksgiving was first celebrated as a regular American Holiday.
1869 W.F. Semple issued the first patent for chewing gum.
1942 Coffee rationing began in the United States
2006 Texas Republican state Representative Betty Brown filed a bill in the Texas legislature which would declare Athens, Texas as the “original home of the hamburger.” Residents of New Haven, Connecticut strongly objected.