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MARCH 20 - Today in Food History

• First Day of Spring
National Bock Beer Day (?)
• National Ravioli Day (Ravioli Recipes)
• St. Cuthbert's Day, patron of shepherds.
• Great American Meatout (1st day of Spring) Eat Vegan for a Day [Campaign of Farm Animal Rights Movement]

• National Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26, 2016) - Established by Congress on September 16, 1961 [PL 87-319]
• Ag Appreciation Week: March 18-25, 2016
  [Community Agriculture Alliance] - A time to celebrate the importance of agriculture.
• American Chocolate Week ( March 20-26, 2016)
   (American Confectioners Association)

On this day in:

1602 The Dutch East India Company was established and the Netherlands granted it a monopoly on trade with Asia.

1727 Sir Isaac Newton died.  The story is that an apple falling on his head inspired his theory of universal gravitation.  The apple is thought to have been the green skinned 'Flower of Kent' variety.

1760 Fire in Boston, Massachusetts destroyed more than 350 homes, shops and warehouses, and spread down to the wharves where ten ships were left in ashes
(Massachusetts Food Trivia & Facts)

1878 Queen Victoria Market ('Vic Market') opened in Melbourne, Australia. A historic open air market spread over two city blocks, selling everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.
(Australia Food Trivia and Facts)

1920 Douglas George Chapman was born (died July 9, 1996).  Mathematical statistician and expert on marine mammal populations and population dynamics. In the 1960s he warned that the number of whales being taken by the whaling industry was far in excess of what the population could stand.

1932 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov Died.  Ivanov was a Soviet biologist.  Others had previously shown it was possible to artificially inseminate domestic animals, Ivanov developed the practical procedures in 1901.  Initially working with horses, by the early 1930s the procedure was being used on other farm animals.

1941 'All That Meat And No Potatoes' was recorded by jazz musician Fats Waller.

1952 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: more than 1,300 cattle are killed to halt a food-and-mouth disease epidemic.

1954 Columbia, Pennsylvania: The first newspaper vending machines were used.


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