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MARCH 5 - Today in Food History

• National Cheese Doodle Day
• National Absinthe Day (Absinthe Trivia & Facts)
• International School Meals Day (March 5, 2015)

• National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6, 2015)
   [School Nutrition Association]
   · Breakfast Recipes · Breakfast Facts & Trivia
• UK: SPAM Appreciation Week (March 2-8, 2015)
   · Spam Facts & Trivia


On this day in:

1512 Gerardus Mercator was born (died Dec 2, 1594).  The Flemish cartographer who created a world map using what would become known as Mercator projection, with parallel lines of latitude and longitude. This was convenient for navigation but land masses appeared increasingly enlarged at the top and bottom.

1558 Francisco Fernandes supposedly introduced smoking tobacco to Europe.

1836 Charles Goodnight was born. He is said to have devised the first 'chuck wagon' from an Army wagon in the 1850s or 1860s, with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.

1868 C.H. Gould of Birminghom, England patented a stapler. (Countless staplers have been patented).

1893 Emmett J. Culligan was born. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name. (“Hey, Culligan Man!”)

1910 Momofuku Ando was born in Taiwan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented 'Instant Ramen' noodles.

1936 'Mutiny on the Bounty' is voted 'Outstanding Production' (Best Picture) at the 8th Academy Awards. The story of the mutiny against Captain Bligh on the English ship 'Bounty' when it was sailing from Tahiti to bring back breadfruit trees.

1955 Fernand Point died (born 1897). Well known French Chef and restaurateur. His restaurant La Pyramide was considered by many to be the greatest in the world.  Paul Bocuse, Louis Outhier, Alain Chapel and Jean and Pierre Troisgros all trained under Point, and he is considered to be the father of modern French Cuisine.

1963 Arthur 'Spud' Melin of Wham-O received a patent for the Hula-Hoop. A great exercise tool, first sold in 1958.

1965 ‘Pepper’ Martin, baseball player died.

1990 Eight Canadian flour mills are charged with rigging prices for food aid, amounting to $500 million over 12 years.

2000 The world's first cloned pigs (5 of them) were born in Virginia. They were produced by a Virginia subsidiary of the same Scotland company, PPL Therapeutics, that cloned Dolly the sheep.

2004 Martha Stewart, business magnate, cookbook author and TV personality, was convicted of obstructing justice and lying about a well timed stock sale just before the priced plummeted.


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