APRIL 4 - Today in Food History
• Easter Sunday 2021 (Easter Recipes)
• International Carrot Day (?)
(Carrot Trivia -- Carrot Recipes --- Carrot Quotes)
• National Cordon Bleu Day (Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe)
• Vitamin C Day (See 1932 below)
• National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021)
[American Library Association]
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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 received U.S. patent No. 113,448 for 'Mrs. Potts' pressing iron. It had a detachable handle so several iron bodies could be heated and used in turn as one cooled down.
1881 Canada's second census is taken. Total population is 4,324,810, of which 498,715 are farmers.
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 African American inventor Benjamin F. Jackson received U.S. patent No. 622,482 for a gas burner.
1932 Vitamin C is first isolated by Professor C. Glen 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)
2020 Coronavirus: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that people wear face coverings in public; Many grocery stores begin limiting number of customers allowed in stores at a time and limiting one person per shopping cart.