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APRIL 29 - Today in Food History

• National Shrimp Scampi Day

• Stewardship Week: April 26 - May 3, 2015
  [National Association of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future.

On this day in:

1759 John Adlum was born (died March 14, 1836). American viticulturist, he is sometimes mistakenly credited with developing the Catawba grape. He was a pioneer in cultivation of native grape varieties, and certainly was instrumental in popularizing the Catawba grape.

1768 Georg Brandt died. A Swedish chemist, he discovered the element cobalt in 1730. Cobalt is used in steel making, and is an essential part of vitamin B12

1856 A shipment of 33 camels arrived at the Texas port of Indianola. They had been purchased on the North African Coast, for the U.S. army to use in the deserts of the Southwest.

1884 Michael Thomas Bass, Jr. died (born July 6, 1799). Grandson of Bass Brewery founder, William Bass. He took control of the company in 1827, and by 1881 Bass was the largest brewery in the world.

1913 The zipper was patented by Gideon Sundback. Most checked chefs pants still have buttons.

1950 'If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked a Cake)' by Eileen Barton was No. 1 on the music charts.

1988 McDonald's announced it will be opening 20 Moscow restaurants. They will serve Bolshoi Mak instead of Big Macs.

1989 Donald Deskey died. An industrial designer, he designed the packaging for Tide laundry detergent and Crest toothpaste among others.

1998 Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso said his country, in cooperation with the World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund, would set aside up to 62 million acres of threatened Amazon rain forest for conservation.


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