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MARCH 12 - Today in Food History

• U.S., Canada & Mexico Daylight Saving Time begins 2nd Sunday in March and ends 1st Sunday in November (March 12 to Nov 5, 2023)
Did you turn your clocks ahead last night?
  (Time Trivia & Facts  ---  Time Quotes)

• Baked Scallops Day
  (Scallop Recipes  --  Scallop Trivia)

• UK: [British Pie Week] (March 6-12, 2023)
  (Pie Recipes  ---  Pie Trivia  ---  Pie Quotes)

UK: SPAM Appreciation Week  (March 6-12, 2023)

• UK: [Fairtrade Fortnight] (Feb 27-March 12, 2023) 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.

On this day in:

1773 Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded a settlement where the city of Chicago now stands.
(See also March 4, 1837).

1831 Clement Studebaker was born (died Nov 27, 1901). Founder of a family firm that became the world's largest manufacturer of horse-drawn vehicles, including ‘Conestoga Wagons’. After his death the Studebaker company became the only horse drawn vehicle manufacturer to successfully switch to producing automobiles.

1836 Isabella Beeton was born (died February 6, 1865). A famous Victorian home economist, author of 'Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management.'  The book, popularly known as 'Mrs Beeton's Cookbook,' contained a compilation of over 900 recipes and advice on all aspects of running a middle class household.

1841 Orlando Jones of Middlesex, England received U.S. patent No. 2,000 for a process to make starch from rice or corn. (Rice Trivia  -  Corn Trivia)

1850 The first U.S. $20 gold piece issued.

1893 Christian Kent Nelson was born (died March 8, 1992). He was the inventor of the Eskimo Pie in 1919 in Iowa. (Eskimo Pie Trivia & Facts)

1894 Coca Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenham of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Before that it was only mixed to order at the soda fountain. 
(see also Jan 29, 1892)   (Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)

1912 Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts (Girl Guides) in Savannah, Georgia.

1929 Asa Griggs Candler died. In 1887, Asa Candler, a wholesale druggist, purchased the formula for Coca-Cola from John S. Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, for $2,300. He sold the company in 1919 for $25 million.

1930 India: Mahatma Gandhi began a 240 mile, 24 day march to the coastal village of Dandi to produce salt without paying the salt tax, in protest of the British salt monopoly. (Salt Trivia & Facts)

1947 'Chocolate Soldier' opens at the New Century Theater in New York City.

1956 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 500 for the first time, closing at 500.24.

1964 'Days of Wine and Roses' from the movie of the same name, wins Grammy award for Best Song.

2012 The movie 'The Hunger Games' premiered in Los Angeles, California.

2020 Coronavirus: Travel from Europe to the U.S. has been banned.


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