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MARCH 29 - Today in Food History

• EU Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday of October (2020: March 29 to Oct 25)

• National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day (Recipe)

On this day in:

1848 At about midnight, for the first time in recorded history, a huge upstream ice jam stopped almost all water flow over Niagara Falls (both American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls) for 30 hours. You could actually walk out into the riverbed below the falls.

1877 Rowland H. Macy died (born Aug 30, 1822). Founder of Macy's department store, October 27, 1858.

1886 Coca-Cola was created by Dr. John Pemberton.
(Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)

1900 Charles Elton was born.  Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a 'food chain.'

1903 Gustavus Franklin Swift died.  Founder of the meat-packing business Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship 'dressed' beef to eastern markets instead of live animals.

1918 Samuel Moore 'Sam' Walton was born (died April 5, 1992).  Founder of Wal-Mart stores.

1943 Meat, Butter and Cheese rationing began in the United States due to World War II shortages.

1956 Singer Parry Donahue of The Waitresses (a New Wave band) was born today.

1958 'Tequila' by the Champs was number one on the music charts.

1980 Walter H. Deubener died. He owned the S.S. Kresge grocery store in St. Paul, Minnesota and invented the handled grocery bag.

1999 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 for the first time, closing at 10,006.78.

2004 The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country to ban smoking in all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

2020 Coronavirus:  About 200 million in U.S. now under stay-at-home directives;  Treasury secretary says Americans will begin receiving $1,200 stimulus checks in 3 weeks;  Tests to track the disease, protective gear for medical workers and ventilators are still in short supply;  U.S. has more than 122,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,100 coronavirus deaths; Detroit Auto Show canceled and TCF Center to be turned into hospital;  Italy's coronavirus deaths over 10,000, and more than 50 doctors have died;  Global death toll is more than 30,000.


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