FEBRUARY 25 - Today in Food History
• Shrove Tuesday (Feb 25, 2020 - 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 25, 2020 - Can be Feb or March) [Day of the International Pancake Race, Liberal, Kansas]
• [IHOP Restaurant's National Pancake Day] Feb 25, 2020 - Free Stack of Pancakes (Annual Charity Fundraising Event - can be Feb or March)
• Iceland: Bursting Day: Feb 25, 2020 - Feast on mutton and pea soup. (Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
• Paczki Day (Shrove Tuesday - Feb 25, 2020 - can be Feb or March). A day to enjoy these rich, sugar coated Polish pre-lenten pastries
• National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
• National Clam Chowder Day (see also Feb 1, 1939)
(Clam Chowder Recipes -- Chowder Trivia & History)
• St. Walburga's Day, patron of crops.
• National FFA Week: Feb 22-29, 2020 [Future Farmers of America] Week of Washington's Birthday, from Saturday to Saturday encompassing February 22
• Pancake Week (Feb 24-March 1, 2020 - Week of Shrove Tuesday - can be Feb or March)
· Pancake Recipes · Cooking Tips · Facts & Trivia
• [National Eating Disorders Awareness Week] (Feb 24-March 1, 2020)
• [National Invasive Species Awareness Week] (Feb 24-28, 2020) Raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national levels.
• UK: [Fairtrade Fortnight] (Feb 24-March 8, 2020) Celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid.
• UK: [Real Bread Week] (Feb 22-March 1, 2020) A celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them.
On this day in:
1901 United States Steel was incorporated by J.P. Morgan. The first billion dollar corporation.
1904 Adelle Davis was born. Nutritionist, and author of 'Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit.' She promoted many theories that have been labeled as unfounded and dangerous by the medical community.
1908 At midnight (Feb 25/26), service through the Hudson & Manhattan railway tunnels opened to the public, carrying passengers between Manhattan and Hoboken New Jersey. It was the first railroad tunnel under a major river in the U.S.
1913 The 16th Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially declared ratified. It gave Congress the power to levy an income tax.
1918 Wartime food rationing began in parts of England
1919 Oregon became the first state to impose a tax on gasoline (1%) the funds to be used for road construction, maintenance. (Oregon Food Trivia)
1922 Donald McLean was born. McLean was a Scottish potato expert who supposedly had the world's largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.
(Potato Trivia & Facts)
1934 Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton died. An American botanist, she helped establish the New York Botanical Gardens.
1938 Miami, Florida gets its first drive-in movie theater (see also June 6, 1933)
1950 George Richard Minot died. An American physician, Minot was one of the developers of a raw-liver diet used to treat pernicious anemia.
1958 Procter & Gamble Company registered 'Mr. Clean' trademark (cleanser, detergent).
1983 Tennessee Williams died (born March 26, 1911). American playwright. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1947); ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (1955); ‘The Night of the Iguana’ (1961); ‘The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore’ (1963) etc.