APRIL 24 - Today in Food History
• National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
• [Bermuda Peppercorn Ceremony] (April 24, 2021 - usually held on the Wednesday closest to St. George’s Day, April 23). A major annual ceremonial event in St. George, when the Governor officially receives one Peppercorn from a Freemason official. In 1816 Bermuda's capital moved from St. George to Hamilton City. The old stone State House, built in 1619, was given to the Freemasons for an annual rent of One Peppercorn.
On this day in:
1766 Robert Bailey Thomas was born. He was the founder and long time editor of the 'Farmer's Almanac' now known as the 'Old Farmer's Almanac.'
1833 Jacob Ebert and George Dulty patented the first soda fountain. Not many soda fountains around anymore.
1886 Petroleum discovered in the Middle East, on the Egyptian shore of the Red Sea.
1898 Cornelius Hoagland died (born Nov 23, 1828). Co-founder of Royal Baking Powder Company in 1866 with his brother Joseph Christoffel Hoagland.
1914 Justin Wilson, Cajun chef and humorist was born. He wrote five cookbooks and hosted several cooking shows on TV, including 'Louisiana Cookin' and 'Cookin' Cajun.'
1947 Wild Turkey bass guitarist Glenn Cornick was born. He was also the original bass guitarist with Jethro Tull.
1949 Chocolate rationing ends in Britain.
1985 Thomas Stanley, a researcher at Georgia State University, reported that there were 832,602 millionaires in the U.S. Their average age was 57 years old.
1994 A world record lollipop of 3,011 pounds, is made in Denmark.
2003 Canada announced the closure of what remained of the cod fishery in Newfoundland, the Maritime provinces and Quebec due to depleted stocks of cod.
(Codfish Trivia and facts)
2020 Coronavirus: Another 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, total jobless claims 26 million since the coronavirus outbreak; 8 meat processing plants have shutdown temporarily due to coronavirus cases among workers; Crude oil prices back up to $17.