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APRIL 4 - Today in Food History

• International Carrot Day (
  (Carrot Trivia & Facts  --  Carrot Recipes)
• National Cordon Bleu Day (Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe)
• Vitamin C Day (See 1932 below)

• National Public Health Week: April 4-10, 2016
  [American Public Health Assoc.]

On this day in:

1609 Charles de L'Escluse, or Carolus Clusius died (born Feb 19, 1526). A pioneering French botanist, he contributed to the establishment of modern botanical science. Published many influential books including Rariorum plantarum historia (1601).

1828 Casparus van Wooden of Amsterdam, patented chocolate milk powder.

1871 Mary Florence Potts of Ottumwa, Iowa patented the 'Mrs. Potts' pressing iron. It had a detachable handle so several iron bodies could be heated and used in turn as one cooled down.

1883 Peter Cooper died. American inventor and founder of the 'Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.' He also obtained the first American patent for the manufacture of gelatin. In 1895, a cough syrup manufacturer, Pearl B. Wait purchased the patent and developed a packaged gelatin dessert. Wait's wife, May David Wait named it Jell-O. (Jello Trivia & Facts)

1884 Adolphe Duglere died. A pupil of Careme, head chef of the Rothschild family, and head chef of the famous 19th century Paris restaurant, the Cafe Anglais.

1887 William Cumming Rose was born. An American biochemist, he researched amino acids, and established the importance of the 8 essential amino acids in human nutrition. (Amino Acids Facts & Trivia)

1893 Alphonse Pyrame de Candolle died. A Swiss botanist, author of 'Origin of Cultivated Plants.'

1899 Benjamin F. Jackson patented a gas burner.

1932 Vitamin C is first isolated by C.G. King at the University of Pittsburgh. (Vitamin C Trivia & Facts)

1932 'Blackberries of 1932' opened at the Liberty Theatre in New York City.

1939 Merck, Sharp & Dohme announce the first synthesis of vitamin B6.

1998 A locust plague in Ethiopia was reported that covered almost 4,000 acres. (Locust Trivia & Facts)


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