MARCH 19 - Today in Food History
• First Day of Spring: Vernal Equinox (March 19, 2020 - can be March 19, 20 or 21)
• [Great American Meatout] (March 19, 2020) Eat Vegan for a day (1st day of Spring) [A campaign of Farm Animal Rights Movement]
• Poultry Day (Poultry Articles - Poultry Recipes)
• National Chocolate Caramel Day.
• Feast of St. Joseph, patron of confectioners.
• The swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano, California each year. On October 23 they leave to winter in Argentina. [Mission website]
• American Chocolate Week (March 15-21, 2020)
• [National Poison Prevention Week] (March 15-21, 2020 - 3rd wk March) Established by Congress on September 16, 1961 [PL 87-319]
On this day in:
1865 William Morton Wheeler was born (died April 19, 1937). American entomologist, a world authority on ants. His books include 'Ants: Their Structure, Development and Behavior' (1910) and 'Social LIfe Among the Insects' (1923). (Insect Food Trivia)
1887 Construction began on the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California. At the time, the 399 room hotel was the largest resort hotel in the world. (see also Feb 19, 1888)
1910 Jerome Namias was born (died Feb 10, 1997). An American meteorologist and first head of the Extended Forecast Division of the U.S. Weather Bureau. He pioneered 5 day, 30 day and 90 day extended forcasts and long range seasonal forecasts.
1917 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the eight-hour work day for railroads. (Railroad Trivia & Facts)
1918 The Standard Time Act of 1918 was passed, authorizing Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. It became effective on March 31, 1918.
1930 Gualtiero Marchesi was born. An award winning Italian chef, he has had the most influence on the evolution and popularity of modern Italian cuisine.
1931 The Nevada state Assembly legalizes gambling to provide a source of revenue for the state during the Great Depression.
1936 Canned beer is sold to the public in Britain for the first time, by Felinfoel Brewery in Wales.
(Beer Trivia and Facts)
1942 Clinton Hart Merriam died. A biologist, he studied the effects of using birds to control agricultural pests. He also helped found the National Geographic Society, and what is now known as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
1991 U.S. Patent #5,000,000 was issued to Lonnie O. Ingram, Tyrrell Conway and Flavio Alterthum of the University of Florida. The patent was for a genetically engineered form of the E. coli bacterium that converts plant material into ethanol.
2008 In Alamosa, Colorado state health officials warned residents to stop drinking and cooking with tap water after samples had tested positive for salmonella contamination. The ban was lifted on April 11, 2008 after the city flushed its 51 miles of water lines with a heavy dose of chlorine. The salmonella outbreak linked to the city's tap water sickened nearly 400 people before being declared safe to drink on April 11, 2008.
2012 Israel passed the ‘Photoshop Law’, which bans the showing of overly thin models in local advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders.
(Healthy Diets & Dieting)
2012 Industry research firm Technomic reported that Wendy's is now the number 2 hamburger chain in the U.S., overtaking Burger King, now number 3. McDonald's is still number 1. (Based on 2011 sales)
2020 Coronavirus: Nevada closes all non-essential businesses for 30 days, including casinos, restaurants & bars; the auto industry shutting down factories; shopping malls and major hotel chains shutting down; Coronavirus testing still lags; President Trump invokes Defense Production Act to expand production of medical supplies; U.S. Canadian border closed to non-essential traffic; NY Stock Exchange trading floor closed, moving to electronic trading.