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JANUARY 20 - Today in Food History

• National Cheese Lovers Day (see 1964 below)
• National Coffee Break Day (always January 20) Celebrates the founding of the National Coffee Association in 1911, one of the oldest trade associations in the U.S.
• National Buttercrunch Day
• St. Sebastian, patron of gardeners.

• National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week ? (3rd week - Jan 17-23, 2016)
Healthy Weight Week (Jan 17-23, 2016)
 

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1906 Aristotle Onassis was born (Jan 7 old style). He died March 15, 1975.  Greek shipping magnate.

1910 Joy Adamson was born. Naturalist and author of 'Born Free' about Elsa, a lion cub. She had also researched culinary and medicinal uses of various plants in Kenya.

1920 The 50-50 Club opened, supposedly the first 'speakeasy.'

1964 The world's largest cheese was made, a 34,000 pound cheddar. It was created by the Wisconsin Cheese Foundation for the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. It took 170,000 quarts of milk from 16,000 cows. It was eaten at the 1965 annual meeting of the Wisconsin Dairymen & Cheesemakers Association.

1988 Baron Philippe de Rothschild died (born April 13, 1902).  Innovative member of legendary Bordeaux wine growing family.

1988 Russian goldminers found the remains of a prehistoric mammoth with flesh so well preserved that it looked edible. ("Where's Mikey, he'll eat anything").

1993 Audrey Hepburn died (born May 4, 1929). Actress and humanitarian. One of her many films was 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961). In her latter years she served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

1998 American researchers announced they had cloned calves that could be used in the production of medicinal milk.

2004 The Salvation Army announced it will be receiving a $1.5 billion donation from the estate of Joan B. Kroc, widow of Ray Kroc the founder of McDonald's restaurants.
 

 

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