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APRIL 5 - Today in Food History

• Easter Sunday (2015)
• Molasses Day (see 1764 below)
• National Caramel Day
• National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
• UK: English Breakfast Day (April 5, 2015)
   [The English Breakfast Society]

• UK: Canned Food Week: March 30-April 5, 2015 [Canned Food UK]  Celebrating the versatility of canned food.

On this day in:

1764 The Sugar Act passed in Britain, placing new restrictions on the import of molasses to America.

1768 The first Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. is founded in New York City.

1806 Isaac Quintard of Stanfield, Connecticut received a patent for an apple cider mill.

1858 W. Atlee Burpee was born. Founder of the world's largest mail-order seed company in 1876.

1864 George W. Brown of Galesburg, Illinois, received a patent for the first successful mechanical corn planter.

1881 Edwing Houston and Elihu Thomson patented a centrifugal separator, which could be used in separating milk.

1882 The Jergens Soap Company was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio to manufacture coconut oil soap for use in hard water.

1966 Canada signs an agreement to sell $550 million worth of wheat to China over the next 3 years.

1981 Bob (The Bear) Hite died. Lead singer with Canned Heat.

1992 Samuel Moore 'Sam' Walton died (born March 29, 1918).  Founder of Wal-Mart stores.

1994 Andre Tchelistcheff died. Tchelistcheff was a Russian-born U.S. enologist, was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition (1919-33) and used his Paris training in viticulture and wine making to pioneer such techniques as cold fermentation and the use of American oak barrels for aging. He was also an authority on the types of soil suitable for growing various grape varieties.   [Encyclopedia Brittanica (CD-2002)]

1998 The Spice Girls first U.K. concert in Glasgow.

2012 About 20 million Britons in southern and eastern England were banned from using garden hoses for gardening or cleaning, due to a 2 year drought. Anyone caught using a 'hosepipe' faces a fine of 1,000 pounds ($1,500).


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