MARCH 14 - Today in Food History
• National Potato Chip Day (Chips Facts & Trivia)
• National Pi Day (annually March 14). [www.piday.org] The mathematical constant, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is approximately 3.14. Pi day has been celebrated since at least the late 1980s, and in 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing Pi Day
• National ‘Ag’ Week: March 13-19, 2016 [Agriculture Council of America] A time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture.
On this day in:
1794 Eli Whitney of New Haven, Connecticut patented the Cotton Gin, which separates cotton from the seeds. (Cottonseed Oil Trivia & Facts)
1833 Lucy Hobbs Taylor was born (died Oct 3, 1910). The first American female Dentist.
1836 John Adlum died (born April 29, 1759). American viticulturist, he is sometimes mistakenly credited with developing the Catawba grape. He was a pioneer in cultivation of native grape varieties, and certainly was instrumental in popularizing the Catawba grape.
(Grape Trivia & Facts)
1862 Vilhelm Bjerknes was born (died April 9, 1951). A Norwegian meteorologist, one of the founders of the modern science of weather forecasting.
1864 Casey Jones (John Luther Jones) was born (died April 30, 1900). Famed railroad engineer of the passenger train, the Cannonball Express, which crashed into a freight train near Vaughn, Mississippi. He died trying to stop his train and was immortalized as a hero in Wallace Saunders, 'The Ballad of Casey Jones'. (Railroad Trivia & Facts)
1899 Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin of Stuttgart, Germany, received a patent for the Zeppelin, a "Navigable Balloon"
1901 Urbain Dubois died (born May 26, 1818). French chef, author of many cookbooks, but especially 'La cuisine classique' (1856). Served as chef to Prince Alexey Orlov and Prince William of Prussia.
1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the first U.S. national bird sanctuary to protect pelicans and herons nesting on Pelican Island, near Sebastian, Florida. (see also Jan 9, 1864)
1927 Pan American Airways was founded to operate service between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba.
1946 Jim Pons of the music group 'The Turtles' was born.
1958 'Tequila' by The Champs is #1 on the charts.
1962 Union Carbide registered the 'Glad' trademark for plastic bags.
2011 The UK bans Immigrants from outside the European Economic Area from working as chefs in fast food and takeaway restaurants.
2014 Quiznos restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection.