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FEBRUARY 20 - Today in Food History

• National Cherry Pie Day (Cherry Pie Recipes)
• Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday observed - Feb 20, 2017 - 3rd Mon)

National FFA Week: Feb 18-25, 2017 (Future Farmers of America) Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22

On this day in:

1703 Mount Gay Estate, Barbados, began distilling rum. Mount Gay Rum is the oldest existing brand of rum in the world.

1792 President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, establishing the U.S. Post Office as a cabinet department.

1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.

1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin of Boston, Massachusetts received U.S. patent No. 123,761 for a hydraulic electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.

1872 Silas Noble and James Cooley of Granville, Massachusetts were issued a patent (No. 123,790) for a toothpick manufacturing machine.

1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent (# 123,811) for a machine to manufacture square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.  Crowell is the 3rd most prolific American inventor of 19th century, with more than 280 patents.

1890 Michael Romanoff was born in Lithuania (died Sept 1, 1971). Born Hershel Geguzin, he was an actor, conman, professional imposter and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff from about 1919. He opened Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the late 1930s, which became popular with Hollywood movie stars. The restaurant closed in 1962.

1933 The U.S. Congress proposed the Twenty-first Amendment to repeal Prohibition. The amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933 and became effective on December 15, 1933.

1969 'Candy', Ringo Starr's X-rated film premiers.

1971 'One Bad Apple' by the Osmonds was number one on the music charts.

1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.

2009 Hershey's, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania today. The factory produced among other, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.


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