How the Bagel began!
A Russian hot drink vendor selling bagels
Legend has it that the first bagel was born in 1683 when a Viennese baker wanted to pay tribute to Polish King Jan III Sobieski for saving the people of Austria from Turkish invaders.
Since the king was known to have a passion for riding, the baker made rolls in the shape of a stirrup, known in German as beugel.
However, it is now thought that it was actually invented much earlier in Kraków, Poland. Leo Rosten wrote in "The Joys of Yiddish" about the first known mention of the word bajgiel in the Community Regulations of the city of Kraków in 1610, which stated that the item was given as a gift to women in childbirth
In the 16th and first half of the 17th centuries, the bajgiel became a staple of both the Polish and Slavic national diets.
The name probably originated from beugal (meaning bow or bale). Variants of the word beugal are used in Yiddish and Austrian German to refer to a similar form of sweet filled pastry; Mohnbeugel (with poppy seeds) and Nussbeugel (with ground nuts).
In the Brick Lane district and surrounding area of London, England, bagels, or as locally spelled "beigels" have been sold since the middle of the 19th century, where they were often displayed in the windows of bakeries on vertical wooden dowels, up to a metre in length.
Bagels were introduced to the United States by immigrant Polish-Jews, with a thriving business developing in New York City that was controlled for decades by Bagel Bakers Local 338, which had contracts with nearly all bagel bakeries in and around the city for its workers, who prepared all their bagels by hand.
Canadian-born astronaut Gregory Chamitoff is the first person known to have taken a batch of bagels into space on his 2008 Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station.His shipment consisted of 18 sesame seed bagels