1513 Ponce de Leon landed at St. Augustine, Florida. (See March 27th and April 2nd entries.)
1730 Consecration of first synagogue in New York.
1873 Oleomargarine was patented.
On this date in 1873, a patent was issued for the manufacturing process used to produce oleomargarine. Within a year, laws to protect dairy producers against competition from the butter substitute were enacted. But margarine persisted.
A Sephardic Jewish congregation first settled in New York City during the 1650s, but authorities wouldn’t permit them to build a place of worship. On this day in 1730, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue was officially consecrated. Freedom of worship took a while in colonial America. Even after the enactment of the Bill of Rights, it was still an uphill fight. Maybe that is what makes this basic freedom one that people are still so willing to defend.