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APRIL 9 - Today in Food History

• National Chinese Almond Cookie Day

• National (or International) Gin & Tonic Day (also Oct 19)

• National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 2020
  [American Public Health Assoc.]
 

On this day in:

1626 Sir Francis Bacon died. An English statesman, philosopher and author of 'Novum Organum', a work on scientific inquiry. Some also claim he wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare. He died after having stuffed a dressed chicken with snow to see how long the flesh could be preserved by the extreme cold. He caught cold and died from complications about a month later.

1682 Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed the whole Mississippi Basin for France. He named it Louisiana, in honor of Louis XIV of France.
(Louisiana Food Trivia and Facts)

1770 Capt. James Cook discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.

1789 Scottish millwright Andrew Meikle received a patent for the first successful drum threshing machine.

1850 William Prout died. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions - carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

1872 Samuel R. Percy of New York received a patent for dried milk. (Milk Trivia and Facts)

1895 African American inventor, Robert H. Gray, of Lexington, Kentucky, received U.S. patent No. 537,151 for a 'Cistern Cleaner.'

1950 'The Cocktail Party' by T. S. Eliot won the Best Play award at the 4th Annual Tony Awards held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City,

1950 Pierre Gagnaire was born.  French chef, cookbook author and restaurateur. Considered one of the founders of both fusion cuisine and molecular cuisine.
[Website: www.pierre-gagnaire.com/]

1951 Vilhelm Bjerknes died (born March 14, 1862).  A Norwegian meteorologist, one of the founders of the modern science of weather forecasting.

1965 The entire cast of the comic strip 'Peanuts' was featured on the cover of TIME magazine

2009 Canadian Supreme Court rules that governments have the right to look through personal garbage without a warrant once it leaves a person’s property line.

2009 Mexico City shut off water to 5 million residents for 2 days due to water reserves reaching historic lows.

2020 Coronavirus:  $1,200 economic stimulus payments will begin to hit direct deposit accounts by next week;  With restaurants, hotels and resorts closed, many U.S. fisheries are reporting sales declines as much as 95%;  Los Angeles to require face masks in public starting Friday.
 

 

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