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AUGUST 20
Today in Food History

- National Lemonade Day
- National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Day, patron of beekeepers

 

On this day in:

1867 The British Parliament enacted the Merchant Shipping Act of 1867, which mandated that lemon or lime juice (or other anti-scorbutics) be provided to most ships crews daily to prevent illness (scurvy).

1908 Kingsley Davis was born (died Feb 27, 1997). World renowned American sociologist and demographer. An expert on population trends, he coined the terms 'population explosion' and 'zero population growth.'

1910 The Great Fire of 1910 (also called the Big Blowup or the Big Burn) was the largest forest fire in U.S. history.  Burning for 2 days, August 20 & 21, it destroyed about 3 million acres across northeast Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana (an area about the size of Connecticut). 87 people were killed, including 78 firefighters.

1929 The trademark 'La Choy' was registered by La Choy Food Products.

1948 Robert Plant of the music group 'Led Zeppelin' was born.

1955 'The Popcorn Song' by Cliffie Stone hit number 14 on the charts.

1960 Sputnik 5 returned to earth. See August 19, 1960 for details.

1968 The largest sea bass caught with a fishing rod weighed over 563 pounds.  It was caught off the coast of California.

2007 Leona Helmsley died (born July 4, 1920).  American hotelier famous for her tyrannical behavior, and known as The Queen of Mean. (See also Dec 12 1989)
 

 

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