FEBRUARY 16 - Today in Food History
• Shrove Tuesday (Feb 16, 2021 - can be Feb or March) Also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day. Tommorrow is Ash Wednesday, beginning 6 weeks of fasting for Christians, leading up to Easter.
• International Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday; Feb 16, 2021 - Can be Feb or March) [Intl Pancake Race, Liberal, Kansas] (Pancake Trivia --- Pancake Recipes)
• [IHOP Restaurant's National Pancake Day] Feb 16, 2021 - Free Stack of Pancakes (Annual Charity Fundraising Event - can be Feb or March)
• Iceland: Bursting Day: Feb 16, 2021 - Feast on mutton and pea soup. (Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
• Paczki Day (Shrove Tuesday - Feb 16, 2021 - can be Feb or March). A day to enjoy these rich, sugar coated Polish pre-lenten pastries.
• National Almond Day (Almond Trivia & Facts)
• Pancake Week (Feb 14-20, 2021 - Week of Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
(Pancake Recipes · Cooking Tips · Facts & Trivia)
• Jell-O Week (Feb 14-20, 2021 2nd full week in Feb) in 2001 Jell-O was declared Official State Snack of Utah and Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt declared an annual "Jell-O Week." (Jello Trivia)
• Kraut and Frankfurter Week ? (Feb 14-20, 2021)
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1852 In South Bend, Indiana, Henry and Clement Studebaker founded H. & C. Studebaker, blacksmith and wagon building. (See also Jan 3, 1921)
1864 Jacob Behel of Earleville, Illinois received a patent for an 'Improvement in Grain-Binders'
1866 The New York City Metropolitan Board of Health was created. (New York Food Trivia & Facts)
1897 Black American inventor Peter Walker was issued a U.S. patent # 577,153 for a 'Machine for Cleaning Seed-Cotton'
1909 Richard McDonald was born. He was one of the brothers who founded McDonald's fast food restaurants. Richard also designed the golden arches logo. He died in 1998. (McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)
1932 James E. Markham of Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards in Mississippi, received the first patent for a fruit tree. It was for a peach tree whose fruit ripened later than other varieties. (Peach Trivia & Facts)
1937 Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers received U.S. patent # 2,071,250 for Nylon (patent filed July 3, 1931). The patent was assigned to the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. One of its first uses was to replace the hog bristles that had been used in toothbrushes.
1938 The U.S. Federal Crop Insurance program was authorized.
1959 Rap singer 'Ice T' was born (Tracy Morrow).
1968 Haleyville, Alabama became the first U.S. telephone system to use 911 as the universal number for emergency services.
2009 Burgers & Beer on the Road: A truck carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen hamburger patties hit the center median, and dumped thousands of pounds of burgers onto Interstate 15 near Salt Lake City. A few hours later on Interstate 84, also in Utah, a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of Fat Tire Beer hit the center median and spilled its load on the highway. Neither driver was injured.
2011 The bookstore chain 'Borders' filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.