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MARCH 16 - Today in Food History

• National Artichoke Hearts Day   Artichoke Recipes
  Artichoke Trivia  --  Cooking Tips

• [National Poison Prevention Week]  (March 15-21, 2020 - 3rd wk March) Established by Congress on September 16, 1961 [PL 87-319]

• American Chocolate Week (March 15-21, 2020)

On this day in:

1740 Jacob Schweppe was born (died Nov 18, 1821). A German watchmaker and amateur scientist. Developed the first practical and commercially successful process for producing carbonated mineral water.

1912 First Lady Helen Herron Taft plants the 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.

1915 Absinthe is outlawed in France and several other countries. Absinthe was a licorice/anise flavored liqueur that contained wormwood, and was 132 proof. The high alcohol content, and the presence of the toxic oil thujone from the wormwood, seemed to cause hallucinations, convulsions, and severe mental problems amongst hard core absinthe drinkers. Henry-Louis Pernod, who manufactured Absinthe, came out with the lower alcohol, wormwood free liqueur 'Pernod', to replace Absinthe.  See also: Absinthe Trivia & Facts
Absinthe is now legal in the European Union.

1934 Walt Disney's 'The Three Little Pigs' won an Oscar for best Short Subject, Cartoon at the 6th Academy Awards.

1935 John James Rickard Macleod died (born Sept 6, 1876). He shared the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Sir Frederick Banting for the discovery of insulin and its role in the metabolism of sugar.
(Sugar Trivia and Facts)

1950 President Truman signed the Oleomargarine Act which repealed Federal taxes on oleomargarine.
(Margarine Trivia & Facts)

1975 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist, died.

1978 The 'Amoco Cadiz' oil tanker ran aground on Portsall Rocks, 3 miles off the Coast of Brittany, France. It split in two and spilled its entire cargo of 220,000 tons of crude oil. This was the largest oil spill by a grounded tanker to date.

1990 A Third Michelin star was awarded to Restaurant Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris. Chef Alain Ducasse, 33, is the youngest chef ever to have his restaurant receive 3 stars.

2020 Coronavirus: Worldwide, more than 162,000 cases and more than 6,000 deaths have been been confirmed. The U.S. has more than 3,240 cases and 62 deaths.

2020 Coronavirus: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control)  recommends gatherings of 50 or more be postponed for 2 months.  Washington, Maryland, New York, New jersey & Connecticut close all restaurants and bars - food takeout and delivery will be allowed; Movie theaters closing around the country; Nevada, South Carolina and Minnesota begin closing all schools; Major League Baseball delays start of season to at least Mid-May; a ban on domestic travel begins for all military and Defense Dept. civilian employees.  Ireland calls on all public houses and bars to close until the end of the month.  EU countries restrict all non-essential travel into the region;  African countries begin travel bans from most effected countries (Europe & Asia); Canada closing borders to non-citizens begining Wednesday (does not include U.S. citizens). The Peace Corp suspending all operations and evacuating all volunteers; Airports in chaos as screening causes delays; airlines canceling up to 75% of flights.  Stocks close down another 3,008 points today to 20,177.


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