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MARCH 23 - Today in Food History

• National Chip and Dip Day (Recipes for Dips)
• National Melba Toast Day

• 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)
• National Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26, 2016) - Established by Congress on September 16, 1961 [PL 87-319]


On this day in:

1699 John Bartram was born.  American naturalist and explorer, considered 'father of American botany'; established a world renowned botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.

1806 The Lewis and Clark expedition began the journey back to St. Louis from their winter encampment near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon.

1857 Fannie Merritt Farmer was born (died Jan 15, 1915).  American culinary authority, and author of the 1896 edition of 'The Boston Cooking School Cook Book' which became known in future editions as the 'Fannie Farmer Cook Book.'  Director of the Boston Cooking School, and founder of Miss Farmer's School of Cookery.  She is often cited as the first cookbook author to introduce standard measurements.

1880 A patent for a glass milk bottle was issued to Warren Glass Works.

1880 John Stevens of Neenah, Wisconsin was issued U.S. patent No. 225,770 for a grain-crushing mill (flour-rolling mill) which could increase flour production by up to 70 percent. (Flour Trivia and Facts)

1896 The New York State Legislature passed Raines Law, which restricted the sale of alcohol on Sundays. However, Manhattan hotels with at least 10 rooms were allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday accompanied by a meal or in hotel bedrooms.  Numerous saloons proceeded to add small furnished rooms and applied for hotel licenses.

1912 The Dixie Cup was developed by Lawrence Luellen and Hugh Moore.  Its original name was the 'Health Kup,' changed to 'Dixie Cup' in 1919.  The name came from a line of dolls made by the Dixie Doll Company.

1923 Scotland: Cutty Sark Scots Whisky was created by Berry Brothers & Rudd wine and spirit merchants.
(Single Malt Whiskies of Scotland)

1923 'Yes, We Have No Bananas' was written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn.  It was one of the most popular songs of the 1920s.

1965 Astronaut John Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard the first Gemini spacecraft flight.

1965 'International House of Pancakes' trademark was registered.

1981 The U.K. bans all animal transport on the Isle of Wight and in southern Hampshire in an attempt to contain a new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

2008 Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye's restaurant chain, died.

2012 The movie 'The Hunger Games' premiered today in the U.S.


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