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MARCH 12 - Today in Food History

• [International School Meals Day] (March 12, 2020)

• [World Kidney Day] (March 12, 2020)

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

• Groundwater Awareness Week (March 8-14, 2020) [National Ground Water Association]

• World Salt Awareness Week March 9-15, 2020)
[World Action on Salt & Health]  [On March 12, 1930 Mahatma Gandhi began his march to the coastal village of Dandi, to protest the British salt monopoly.
· Salt Facts and Trivia  ·  Salt Kitchen Tips

· Articles: Salt of the Earth 1 · Salt of the Earth 2

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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 Due to concerns over the Coronavirus pandemic, several states have closed all schools; New York City has declared a state of emergency and NY State has banned gatherings of more than 500 people; many large festivals and conferences have been canceled; Disneyland has closed; travel from Europe to the U.S. has been banned; the stock market is down more than 28% over February highs. This is just a sample of disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.


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