FEBRUARY 22 - Today in Food History
• National Margarita Day
• Cook a Sweet Potato Day (?)
• National FFA Week (February 20-27, 2016)
[Future Farmers of America]
• National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 21-27, 2016)
On this day in:
1403 Charles VII of France was born. His mistress, Agnes Sorel, was a celebrated cook who created several dishes, and had several culinary creations named in her honor.. (Agnes Sorel soup garnish, Agnes Sorel Timbales, etc.
1512 Amerigo Vespucci died (born March 9, 1454). Italian explorer and cartographer, he was the first to realize that America was a new previously unknown continent. German cartographer (mapmaker) Martin Waldseemüller is credited with the first usage of 'America' on a map, to honor Vespucci.
1630 Supposedly, Quadequina, an American Indian, introduced English colonists to popcorn. He had brought some to their first Thanksgiving dinner.
(Some sources say 1631).
1732 George Washington, the first U.S. president, was born.
1819 Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1870 Thomas Elkins, of Albany, New York received a patent for a 'Dining, Ironing Table and Quilting Frame Combined'
1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first 'Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store' in Utica, New York.
1893 Quebec declares beer of not over 4% alcohol is a 'temperance drink' (making it legal).
1895 Lever Brothers Ltd. registered 'Lifebuoy' soap trademark.
1920 The first artificial rabbit is used at a dog racing track in Emeryville, California.
1925 Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt died. An English physician, he invented the short (6 inch) clinical thermometer. Before this, a foot long thermometer was used that took 20 minutes to determine a patient's temperature. Ouch!
1971 'One Bad Apple' by The Osmonds is #1 on the charts.
1987 Andy Warhol died. American painter of the pop art movement. In the 1960s he made paintings of Campbell's Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products.
1997 Scientists in Scotland announced the first successful cloning of a mammal. Dolly, a sheep was cloned from an udder cell of an adult sheep. (Dolly was actually born July 5, 1996 but only just announced).
2005 Winn-Dixie supermarket chain filed for bankruptcy reorganization.