APRIL 12 - Today in Food History
• National Licorice Day [Licorice International]
(Licorice Trivia and Facts)
• National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
(International Grilled Cheese Recipes)
• Feast of St. Zeno of Verona, patron of anglers, fishermen.
• Corn Festival - Cochumatan Indians, Guatemala
On this day in:
1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
1837 William Procter, James Gamble started making, soap and candles.
1872 France announced it would permit the commercial sale of margarine. (Margarine Trivia)
1912 Clara Barton died (born Dec 25, 1821). Founder of the American Red Cross.
1924 Prohibition ends in Alberta, Canada.
1932 The movie 'Grand Hotel' premiered in New York City (Best Picture of 1932).
1949 United Fruit Co. registered the 'Chiquita Banana' trademark for fresh bananas. (Banana Trivia & Facts)
1985 The four 'unicorns' of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
1988 The first U.S. patent (No. 4,736,866) on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
1988 Singer Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) was elected Mayor of Palm Springs, California. Bono, wanted to be mayor because of his frustration over the red tape he encountered when remodeling his Italian Restaurant.
1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage.
1990 Three U.S. tuna canneries, StarKist, Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee, announced their commitment to ‘dolphin-safe’ tuna-catching practices.
(Tuna Trivia and Facts)
1996 'James and the Giant Peach' opened in U.S. theatres.
2000 Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream is acquired by Unilever for $326 million. (See also May 5, 1978)
2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water. (Fish Farming Trivia & Facts)
2020 Coronavirus: Michigan stay-at-home now bans visits to friends and relatives; Many U.S. food banks struggle to with unprecedented demand, worry about having enough food; In addition to Coronavirus, East Africa threatened by 2nd wave of Locust plague, almost 20 times larger than recent 1st wave; British bakers reintroduce WWII 'National Loaf,' a nutrient dense whole wheat.