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APRIL 24 - Today in Food History

• National Arbor Day [Arbor Day Foundation]
(April 24, 2020 - last Friday in April - many states observe different dates according to best local tree planting times)

• National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

• [National 30 Hour Famine] (Feb 28-29, 2020 and April 24-25, 2020) Students in the U.S. and around the world unite to learn about hunger, raise funds to help the hungry, and then go hungry themselves for 30 hours!

• National Library Week (April 19-25, 2020)
  [American Library Association]

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.

Royal Baking Powder

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:  Don't forget Wendy's Free 4-piece Chicken Nuggets today at drive-thrus while supplies last;  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;  All Walmart stores will have one-way aisles by May;  Some states will be easing stay-at-home orders next week, while others extend lockdowns;  Crude oil prices back up to $17.


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