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MARCH 18 - Today in Food History

• National Oatmeal Cookie Day (Recipes)
National ‘Ag’ Day (March 18, 2015)
• National Sloppy Joe Day

National ‘Ag’ Week: March 15-21, 2015 [Agriculture Council of America] A time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture.
• National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21, 2015) - Established by Congress on September 16, 1961 [PL 87-319]
• World Salt Awareness Week (March 16-22, 2015)
   World Action on Salt & Health  [see March 12, 1930]
   · Salt Facts and Trivia · Salt Kitchen Tips
   · Articles : Salt of the Earth 1 · Salt of the Earth 2
• American Chocolate Week ( March 15-21, 2015)
   (American Confectioners Association)

On this day in:

1845 Most accepted date given for John Chapman’s, 'Johnny Appleseed' death. An American pioneer and legend, he planted apple seeds in the Ohio River valley area - Ohio, Indiana, Illinois.  (Date is variously given as March 10, 11 or 18)

1863 Women rioted in Salisbury, North Carolina, to protest the lack of flour and salt in the Confederacy.

1909 Ernest Gallo was born (died March 6, 2007).  Co-founded E & J Gallo Winery with his brother Julio in 1933. It is the largest winery in the U.S. with about 25% of the U.S. wine market.

1910 Herman Tarnower was born (died March 10, 1980). American physician and author of the bestselling 'The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet' (1979). He was shot to death by Jean Harris.

1918 The first U.S. ocean-going concrete ship, the S.S. Faith, was launched in Oakland, California. (see also Aug 2, 1917).

1925 'Tea for Two' was recorded by Binnie Hale & the Palace Theater Orchestra.

1946 The Andrews Sisters recorded 'Avocado' today.

1956 Louis Bromfield died (born Dec 27, 1896).  American conservationist and author. 'The Green Bay Tree' (1924), 'Early Autumn' (1926), 'The Farm' (1933), 'The Rains Came' (1937). Studied agriculture at Cornell University and Journalism at Columbia.  His Malabar Farm in Ohio is now a state park. Elected to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.  His innovative work continues to influence agricultural methodologies around the world.

1966 Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper died.
Quote: "Having only friends [and no enemies] would be eating eggs without salt."

2004 Harrison McCain died (born Nov 3, 1927).  'King of the French Fry,'  co-founder (with 3 brothers) of McCain Foods in 1957 in New Brunswick, Canada.  The company produces 1/3 of the world's french fries.


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