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MARCH 10 - Today in Food History

World Kidney Day (March 10, 2016)
• Blueberry Popover Day
   · Blueberry Popover Recipe
   · Popover Facts & Trivia  · Blueberry Facts & Trivia
• National Pack Your Lunch Day (origin unknown)
• National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11, 2016)
   [School Nutrition Association]
   · Breakfast Recipes · Breakfast Facts & Trivia
• UK: SPAM Appreciation Week (March 7-13, 2016)
   · Spam Facts & Trivia
 

On this day in:

1804 A formal ceremony was held in St. Louis transferring ownership of the territory included in the Louisiana Purchase Treaty (April 30, 1803) from France to the U.S.

1845 One possible date given for John Chapman’s, 'Johnny Appleseed' death. An American pioneer and legend, he planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area - Ohio, Indiana, Illinois.   (Date is variously given as March 10, 11 or 18 - March 18 is the most accepted date)
(Johnny Appleseed Trivia & Facts)

1862 The first U.S. paper money (national currency notes) were issued.

1867 Lillian D. Wald was born. She was a scientist and nurse, and among her activities, she helped initiate the enactment of pure food laws in the U.S.
(Food Safety Articles)

1873 John Torrey died. He was the first professional botanist in the New World.

1876 Alexander Graham Bell's first successful experiment with the telephone. He spoke through the instrument to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, in the next room. Bell writes, "I then shouted into M [the mouthpiece] the following sentence: 'Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you.' To my delight he came and declared that he had heard and understood what I said."

1914 At the National Gallery in London, a suffragette slashed Diego Velázquez's 'Rokeby Venus' with a meat cleaver.

1955 Aaron 'Bunny' Lapin received U.S. patent No. 2,704,172 for pressurized containers designed to dispense his 'Reddi-Wip' whipped cream topping (which he developed in 1948).

1980 Herman Tarnower died (born March 18, 1910). American physician and author of the bestselling 'The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet' (1979). He was shot to death by Jean Harris.

1998 The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) reported that food stamps were issued to almost 26,000 dead people in the past 2 years. The study only covered 4 states, California, Florida, Texas and New York.

2005 Patience Gray, British cookery writer, died. 'Plats Du Jour' (1957), 'Honey From A Weed' (1986)
 

 

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