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APRIL 25 - Today in Food History

• National Zucchini Bread Day
National 30 Hour Famine (Feb 27-28 & April 24-25, 2015) 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!
• St. Mark's Day, patron of cattle breeders.
• This is the latest date that Easter Sunday can occur
 

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1744 Anders Celsius died (born Nov 27, 1701). Swedish astronomer, he developed the temperature scale which bears his name (Celsius).

1836 Laroy S. Starrett was born (died April 23, 1922). American inventor, he received more than 100 patents. His first patent was for a meat chopping machine named the 'Hasher'

1856 Charles Luttwedge Dodgson met a little girl named Alice Liddell. Alice had a penchant for consuming unknown (and apparently psychoactive) food, pills and liquids that she found while exploring a very large rabbit hole.*

1859 Work began on the 100 mile long Suez Canal in Egypt, to link the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea. The canal was officially opened on November 17, 1869.

1932 Meadowlark Lemon, basketball star, was born.

1945 Stu Cook of the music group 'Creedence Clearwater Revival' was born.

1956 'Heartbreak Hotel' by Elvis Presley is number 1 on the music charts.

1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened. It connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. Its completion opened the heart of Americas industrial and agricultural areas to ocean going vessels for shipping. (The official opening ceremony is June 26)

1965 Swedish engineer Sten Gustav Thulin was issued U.S. patent No. 3,180,557 (assigned to Celloplast company) for the modern disposable plastic grocery bag.
 

* You might know the two people better by their pen and fictional names, Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland.

 

 

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