MARCH 11 - Today in Food History
• Oatmeal-Nut Waffle Day (Waffle Recipes)
• National Ag Week: March 10-16, 2019
[Agriculture Council of America] A time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture.
• Groundwater Awareness Week (March 10-16, 2019) [National Ground Water Association]
On this day in:
1791 Samuel Mulliken of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received a patent for a machine to thresh corn and grain. He also received 3 more patents on the same day, becoming the first person in the U.S. to receive more than one patent. (Grain Trivia & Facts)
1818 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's 'Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus' was first published.
1845 One possible date given for John Chapman’s, 'Johnny Appleseed' death. (Date is variously given as March 10, 11 or 18 - March 18 is the most accepted date). (Johnny Appleseed Trivia & Facts)
1888 In the Northeastern U.S. the 'Great Blizzard of 1888' began 3 days of snow, wind and freezing weather. Up to 4 feet of snow fell with drifts exceeding 20 feet, shutting down all communication and transportation.
1903 Lawrence Welk, champagne music-maker, was born. (Champagne Trivia & Facts)
1918 The first U.S. cases of the deadly 'Spanish Influenza' were reported at the Army hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas. The pandemic killed more than 600,000 Americans, and almost 40 million people worldwide.
1945 Canned Heat guitarist Harvey Mandel ws born.
1947 Mark Stein of the music group 'Vanilla Fudge' was born.
1955 Alexander Fleming died (born Aug 6, 1881). Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928 while working at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
1972 Neil Young's album 'Harvest' is number 1 on U.S. and U.K. charts.
2001 Twenty-five new cases of foot-and-mouth disease were confirmed in the U.K., bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 163.
(see also Feb 20, 2001).
2008 San Francisco passed a law requiring chain restaurants, with 20 or more locations in California, to post nutrition information on their menus.
2011 Japan: A massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 struck at 2:46 pm off the northeastern coast of Japan. The most powerful earthquake in Japan's history, it triggered powerful tsunami waves of up 133 feet high which caused a major nuclear accident at a power plant. More than 15,000 people were killed and at least 332,000 buildings were destroyed.