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MARCH 9 - Today in Food History

• Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day (March 9, 2016)
   [Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics]
• National Crabmeat Day
   · Crab Recipes · Crab Facts & Trivia
• National Meatball Day
   · Meatball Recipes   · Meatball Appetizers

• National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11, 2016)
   [School Nutrition Association]
   · Breakfast Recipes · Breakfast Facts & Trivia
• UK: SPAM Appreciation Week (March 7-13, 2016)
   · Spam Facts & Trivia

On this day in:

1454 Amerigo Vespucci was born (died Feb 22, 1512). Italian explorer and cartographer, he was the first to realize that America was a new previously unknown continent. German cartographer (mapmaker) Martin Waldseemüller is credited with the first usage of 'America' on a map, to honor Vespucci.

1822 Charles Graham of New York received a patent for artificial teeth. (Teeth, Toothbrush etc. Trivia)

1839 The French withdraw from occupying Veracruz, Mexico and 'The Great Pastry War' ends.
(see Nov 30, 1938 for details).

1858 Albert Potts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received the first U.S. patent (# 19,578) for a street mailbox.  Designed to be mounted on a lamp-post they were soon used in Boston and New York City.

1870 'Granny Smith' died (born Maria Ann Sherwood in 1799). Granny Smith discovered the apple named for her, growing on a seedling tree on her farm.
(Granny Smith Apple Trivia & Facts)

1949  The first all-electric dining car, the 'Cafe St. Louis', was put into service on the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. (Dining Car Trivia & Facts)

1959  The Barbie doll debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

1964 The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line

1977 Canada bans Saccharin as potentially carcinogenic. (Saccharin Trivia & Facts)

1995 Turbot War: Canadian patrol boats fires shots across the bow and seize a Spanish trawler for taking undersized Turbot, violating 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. The dispute began to escalate as both countries sent additional naval vessels to the area, but an agreement was finally reached on April 5, 1995 ending the dispute.

2009 In an effort to boost tourism, Utah agrees to open bars to the public, ending the states private club system, which required patrons fill out a separate application and pay a membership fee for each bar. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2009.
(Utah Food Trivia & Facts)

2009 France raised the minimum age to purchase alcohol from 16 to 18 years of age.
(France Food Trivia & Facts)

2012  The movies 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' and 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' opened in U.S. theatres.


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