APRIL 30 - Today in Food History
• Oatmeal Cookie Day - Oatmeal Cookie Recipes
(History of the Oatmeal Cookie)
• National Raisin Day (Raisin Trivia and Facts)
• Stewardship & Education Week - April 29-May 6, 2018 (last Sun in April to 1st Sun in May) [Nat’l Assoc. of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future. 2018 Theme is 'Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.'
• UK: National Gardening Week: April 30-May 6, 2018 [Royal Horticultural Society] Encouraging gardners to share their love of gardening.
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1792 John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich died. Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands after him (now known as Hawaii). He is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions. -- Sandwich Trivia & Facts
1803 The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed in Paris. The formal transfer of ownership from France to the U.S. took place on March 10, 1804.
1812 Louisiana was admitted as the 18th state in the U.S. (Louisiana Food Trivia and Facts)
1879 Sarah Josepha Hale died (born Oct 24, 1788). Author, editor (Ladies' Magazine, Godey's Lady's Book). She was influential in having Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Author of the poem 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'; Hale also founded the Seaman's Aid Society in 1833.
1891 Abram Lyle died (born Dec 14, 1820). Scottish shipbuilder and sugar refiner. Noted for the pale treacle, 'Lyle's Golded Syrup' (treacle is made from the syrup that remains after sugar is refined).
1900 Casey Jones (John Luther Jones) died (born March 14, 1864). Famed railroad engineer of the passenger train, the Cannonball Express, which crashed into a freight train near Vaughn, Mississippi. He died trying to stop his train and was immortalized as a hero in Wallace Saunders, 'The Ballad of Casey Jones'.
1904 The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis (St. Louis World's Fair). It was at the Fair that the ice cream cone was supposed to have been invented. The hot dog and iced tea were also popularized at the Fair.
1939 The 1939 New York World's Fair opened. 'Dawn of a New Day' and 'the World of Tomorrow.'
1952 Mr. Potato Head is introduced to the world. Mr. Potato Head is the also the first toy to be advertised on network television.
1955 'Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White' by Perez Prado hits number one on the charts.
1981 Dunkin Donuts opened its first store in the Philippines. (Donut Trivia)
1988 Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania created a new record setting 4.55 mile long Banana Split: 33,000 Bananas, 2,500 gallons of Ice Cream, 600 pounds of chopped Nuts and 450 gallons of Topping.