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AUGUST 29 - Today in Food History

• More Herbs Less Salt day (Salt Trivia & Facts)

• National Lemon Juice Day (see 1749 below)

• National Chop Suey Day (see 1896 below)
  (Chop Suey History & Origin)

• St. Sabina's Day, patron of housewives
 

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1749 Sir Gilbert Blane was born (died June 26, 1834).  A Scottish physician, he served as Physician to the Fleet and head of the Navy Medical Board. He was largely responsible for requiring citrus juice (lemons, later limes) on all naval vessel to prevent scurvy, and improving the general health and sanitary conditions of sailors. (Scurvy Trivia & Facts  --  Citrus Trivia & Facts)

1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes was born.  American physician, poet and humorist.  Author of 'The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table,' 'The Professor of the Breakfast Table,' 'The Poet of the Breakfast Table,' and 'Over the Teacups.'

1893 Sixty independent orange growers formed the Southern California Fruit Exchange, a union of local associations, to market their fruit.

1896 Supposedly, the Chinese-American dish, chop suey, was created in New York City by the Cantonese chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang.
(Chop Suey History & Origin)

1905 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist was born.

1915 Nathan Pritikin was born.  A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease.  He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.

1933 Daisy D. Doolin (Frito Company) registered "Fritos" trademark, first used in 1932.

1953 Rick Downey of the rock group ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ was born.

1989 Sir Peter Markham Scott died (born Sept 14, 1909).  British naturalist, artist, and author. A founder of the Severn Wildfowl Trust (now Wildlife and Wetlands Trust) and the World Wildlife Fund.

1999 Swiss Winegrower's Fete (Fête des Vignerons). Held periodically (about every 20 years or so) since 1797 in Vivey, Switzerland. The next festival will be in 2019.

2007 Alfred Peet died.  He was the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966.  The founders of Starbucks were fans, and openly acknowledge his influence.

 

 

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