MARCH 18 - Today in Food History
- National Oatmeal Cookie Day
- National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23, 2013)
- National Agriculture Week (March 17-23, 2013)
- American Chocolate Week (March 18-23, 2013)
- National FFA Week (Future Farmers of America)
March 15-22, 2014
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.
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 dull....like 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.