FEBRUARY 27 - Today in Food History
• National Kahlua Day
• National Strawberry Day
• National 30 Hour Famine (Feb 26-27 & April 29-30, 2016) Students in the U.S. and around the world unite to learn about hunger, raise funds to help the hungry, and then go hungry themselves for 30 hours!
• World Sword Swallower's Day (Feb 27, 2016)
[Sword Swallowers Association International]
• National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend: Girl Scouts of America (Feb 26-28, 2016)
• National FFA Week (February 20-27, 2016)
[Future Farmers of America]
• National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 21-27, 2016)
On this day in:
1827 The first Mardi Gras celebration was held in New Orleans.
1879 Saccharin, an artificial sweetener, was discovered by Constantine Fahlberg and Ira Remsen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The FDA required warning labels from 1977 to 2000 on products using saccharin because it was a suspected carcinogen. After additional research, the FDA repealed the warning labels and declared saccharin safe for consumption.
1899 Charles Best was born (died March 31, 1978). Co-discoverer in 1921 (with Dr. F. Banting) of the hormone insulin, used to treat diabetes.
1900 Felix Hoffman of the German Farbenfabriken of Elberfeld Company was issued U.S. patent 644,077 for 'Acetyl Salicylic Acid'' - soon to be marketed by Bayer AG as the familiar pain reliever, Aspirin. [Aspirin was originally developed by Charles Frederic Gerhardt in 1853, but he never followed up on it and it was soon forgotten]. (See also Jan 21, 1868).
1902 John Steinbeck was born. American novelist, some of his titles were: 'The Grapes of Wrath,' 'Tortilla Flats' and 'Cannery Row.'
1936 Ivan Petrovich Pavlov died. Pavlov's work with dogs actually started as a study of digestion. He theorized that digestion was controlled in part by sensory inputs of sight, smell and taste - and as he discovered, ding-ding - sound; 'conditioned reflex.'
1941 At the 13th Academy Awards, 'The Grapes of Wrath' won awards for Best Director (John Ford) and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Darwell as Ma Joad). Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name dealing with the Great Depression, tenant farmers, migrant workers, the dust bowl and California.
1962 David Burke was born. A multiple award winning American celebrity chef and restaurateur.
(Website: www.davidburke.com )
1971 'One Bad Apple' by The Osmonds was #1 on the music charts.
1985 Former vice-residential candidate Geraldine Ferraro appeared in a Diet Pepsi TV commercial.
1993 Jose Duval died (born 1919). Actor and singer, he played the coffee planter, Juan Valdez, in commercials for Columbian coffee.
1997 Kingsley Davis died (born Aug 20, 1908). World renowned American sociologist and demographer. An expert on population trends, he coined the terms 'population explosion' and 'zero population growth.'