Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 7 - Cereal Day

On this day in history, flaked cereal was served for the first time - by accident - to sanitarium patients!

John Harvey Kellog and his brother invented foods made from grains. They were forced through rollers to make long sheets of dough. After accidentally overcooking the wheat, the brothers accidentally invented "flaked" cereals (corn flakes, anyone?), and fed the breakfast cereal to their patients for the wee. The sanitarium became famous for its wheat and corn flakes.

Do you have a favourite cereal? A favourite breakfast food?

Check out some of the items we have in the library:
"Cold Cereal", by Adam Rex

"Food, Inc", Directed and Produced by Robert Kenner
"The Cheerios Playbook", by Lee Wade
"Breakfast Blast: Step-By-Step Healthy Recipes for Kids", by Bobbie Kalman
"Clueless in the Kitchen", by Evelyn Raab
"Eat Up, Gemma", by Sarah Hayes
"The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook", by Dinah Bucholz
"We're Making Breakfast for Mother", by Shirley Neitzel
Today is also Nametag Day, National Be Heard Day, World Book Day, and World Maths Day!
Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:
- Captain James Cook caught his first sight of the Oregon coast in 1778
- It was decided that an official game of baseball consisted of 9 innings, as opposed to 9 runs, in 1857
- Canada put 10 000 militia on alert as a precaution against anticipated attacks on St. Patrick's Day in 1866
- Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876
- George Eastman patented the "Kodak Box Camera" in 1888
- Willis Farnworth patented the coin-operated locker in 1911
- The first transatlantic telephone call (London - New York) happened in 1926
- England lowered the age of women voters from 30 to 21 in 1928
- The board game "Monopoly" was invented in 1933
- Guy Lombardo of London, Ontario and the Royal Canadians recorded "Auld Lang Syne" in 1939
- The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio in 1962
- An 18-year old was stabbed to death, becoming the first homicide in Disneyland in 1981
Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History".

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