APRIL 7 - Today in Food History
• [World Health Day] (April 7 is the Anniversary of the founding of WHO, the World Health Organization, in 1948)
• [International Beaver Day] (see also 1894 below)
• National Beer Day (see 1933 below) (Beer Trivia)
• National Coffee Cake Day (Coffee Cake Recipes)
• National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 2020
[American Public Health Assoc.]
On this day in:
1727 Michel Adanson was born (died Aug 3, 1806). Adanson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on physical characteristics. His system was opposed by Carolus Linnaeus, and was not widely used. The Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitat) is named for Adanson.
(Baobab Trivia & Photos)
1857 A cold front barrels over the U.S. and snow falls in every state in the country.
1860 Will Kieth Kellogg was born. Founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. (later the W.K. Kellogg Company) to manufacture cereals (cornflakes were the first) developed by his brother John Harvey Kellogg.
(Breakfast Cereal Trivia and Facts)
1864 The first reported dromedary (camel) race in the U.S. was held at Agricultural Park in Sacramento, California (‘The Sacramento Daily Union’).
(Camel Trivia and Facts)
1869 David Grandison Fairchild was born (died Aug 6, 1954). An American botanist and agriculturalist, he traveled the world, visiting every continent (except Antarctica) in search of plants of potential use to the American people. He brought back hundreds of plants, including varieties of mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, soybeans, and bamboos. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Florida was named to honor him. Author of 'The World Was My Garden,' and 'Exploring for Plants'.
1874 African-American inventor Edward Sutton of North Carolina was issued U.S. patent No. 149,543 for an "Improvement in Cotton Cultivators"
1894 Dorthy Richards the ‘Beaver Woman’ was born (died 1985). She spent 50 years studying beavers in the Adirondack foothills of New York. July 7 is celebrated annually as International Beaver Day. (Beaver Trivia)
1914 Arbuckle Brothers registered YUBAN trademark for coffee (first used in 1913).
1933 The beginning of the end of Prohibition. On this day 3.2 percent beer sales became legal, in advance of Prohibition's repeal on Dec 5, 1933 (see also March 22, 1933).
1943 Mick Abrahams of the music group 'Jethro Tull' was born.
1945 Joël Robuchon was born in Poitiers, France. French chef and restaurateur, named ‘Chef of the Century’ by the guide Gault Millau in 1989. He operates a dozen restaurants in major cities around the world, with a total of 28 (2019) Michelin stars, more than any chef in the world.
1948 The United Nations established the World Health Organization (WHO).
1959 Oklahoma finally ends prohibition. Oklahoma had prohibited the sale of alcohol since it became a state in 1907. The state legalized beer sales in 1933, but hard liquor was still banned until 1959. However, liquor by the drink was not legalized in Oklahoma until 1984.
1967 'Happy Together' by Turtles is #1 on the charts
2020 Coronavirus: Some U.S. Hospitals still face serious shortages of medical gear; U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care as his coronavirus symptoms worsened; New Zealand Prime Minister reassures kids that Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are essential workers; U.S coronavirus cases more than 367,000 with over 10,870 deaths; Global cases more than 1,346,500 with over 74,690 deaths.