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MARCH 27 - Today in Food History

• 2016 EU: Daylight Savings Time begins
• Easter Sunday 2016 (Easter Recipes)
• National Spanish Paella Day (Paella Recipes)

On this day in:

1860 M.L. Byrn of New York City received patent No. 27,615 for a new and improved corkscrew with a 'T' handle.

1900 Joseph A. Campbell died (born May 15, 1817).  A fruit merchant, in 1869 he partnered with icebox maker Abraham Anderson to form a canning company that would become Campbell Soup Company.
(Campbell’s Soup Trivia & Facts)

1901 Carl Barks was born.  He worked for Disney Studios and illustrated Donald Duck comics.

1912 First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two Cherry Trees from Japan at the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park in Washington D.C.  The trees were part of a gift of 3,000 Cherry Trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.  Each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. commemorates the 1912 gift.

1915 Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) was arrested and quarantined at Riverside Hospital on North Border Island in New York City, until her death in 1938.  She had previously been arrested and quarantined several times.  Immune to the disease herself, she was a carrier of the bacillus and spread it wherever she worked as a cook. She kept returning to her occupation as a cook even though repeatedly promising not to do so, and was responsible for major outbreaks of typhoid in New York in 1904, 1907 and 1914. (See also Sept 23, 1869).

1923 Sir James Dewar died (born Sept 20, 1842). A Scottish chemist and physicist.  In 1892 he invented the 'Dewar Flask', the original 'thermos bottle'.

1933 Michel Guerard was born. French master chef, inventor of cuisine minceur (slimming cuisine) and one of the founders of nouvelle cuisine.

1958 Sheb Wooley recorded ‘The Purple People Eater’ on this day.

1993 Hot Chocolate's Greatest Hits album is number 1 on the U.K. charts.

2001 Coca Cola signs a sponsorship deal with Christina Aguilera.

2001 China reported that its population is now 1.26 Billion.


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