APRIL 29 - Today in Food History
• National Shrimp Scampi Day - Shrimp Scampi Recipes
(Shrimp Facts, Types, Uses, etc.)
• Stewardship Week - April 26-May 3, 2020 (last Sun in April to 1st Sun in May) [Nat’l Assoc. of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future. 2020 Theme is 'Where would we BEE without Pollinators?'
• UK: [Coffee Week] (April 27 - May 3, 2020 - Can be in April or May). COFFEE WEEK HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO AUTUMN - NEW DATES TO FOLLOW. The nation’s largest celebration of coffee, all for a good cause.
• UK: National Gardening Week: April 27-May 3, 2020 [Royal Horticultural Society] Encouraging gardners to share their love of gardening.
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. (Grape Trivia -- Selecting and Using Grapes)
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. (Camel Trivia & Facts)
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.
(Beer and Brewing Articles)
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. (McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)
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.
2020 Coronavirus: Belgium urges residents to eat more chips (fries) as coronavirus creates massive potato surplus; Vilnius, Lithuania to become a large outdoor cafe, as restaurants, cafes and bars will be allowed to set up outdoor tables in the city's plazas, squares and streets to help keep them afloat during coronavirus quarantine.