MAY 12 - Today in Food History
• [Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive] (May 12, 2018) Since 1993, on the 2nd Saturday in May letter carriers across the nation collect nonperishable food items left by mailboxes.
• World Fair Trade Day 2018 World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO): a day to promote Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.
• National Nutty Fudge Day (Maple Nut Fudge Recipe)
• Netherlands: [National Mill Day] (May 12-13, 2018 - 2nd Sat) On this day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors.
• National Emu Week (May 5-13, 2018 - 1st Sat thru 2nd Sun) [Wisconsin Emu Association]
(Emu Recipes -- Emu Trivia)
• National Herb Week (May 7-13, 2018) International Herb Association [www.iherb.org/]
• National Raisin Week (May 6-12, 2018) origin uncertain. (Raisin Trivia & History)
• UK: [National Doughnut Week] (May 12-19, 2018) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.
• World Cocktail Week: May 6-13 (See May 13, 1806)
On this day in:
1777 Philip Lenzi, a London confectioner, ran the first advertisement for Ice Cream in the U.S. in the New York Gazette.
(Ice Cream Trivia & Facts -- Ice Cream Recipes)
1792 Charles-Somon Favart died in Belleville, France. A French playwright and pastry cook, one of the founders of the opera comique.
1803 Justus von Liebig was born (died April 18, 1873). German chemist who made major contributions to organic and agricultural chemistry. Developed Liebig Extract of Beef, a concentrated liquid meat extract.
1820 Florence Nightingale was born (died Aug 13, 1910). English nurse who established modern nursing practice.
1874 African American inventor Elijah McCoy received U.S. patent #150,876 for a folding ironing table. A prolific inventor, McCoy received 57 patents in his lifetime, and is supposedly the source of the expression "the real McCoy," meaning "the real thing."
1874 Charles Orvis (C. F. Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont) received patent for a Fishing-Reel, the prototype for modern fly reels. (Fishing Trivia)
1878 Catherine Esther Beecher died (born Sept 6, 1800). An American educator and author of 'Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book', etc.
(Catherine Beecher Biography)
1889 John Cadbury died. He was the founder of Cadbury chocolate company.
1896 Charles B. Brooks of Newark, New Jersey was issued U.S. patent No. 560,154 for a dust proof bag for street sweepers.
1912 The Beverly Hills Hotel opened.
1933 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Agricultural Adjustment Act into law. Its purpose was to reduce overproduction of agricultural products by paying farmers subsidies not to plant on part of their land, thereby raising the value of crops.
1978 The U.S. Commerce Department announced that hurricane names would no longer be exclusively female. Both male and female names would now be used.
1994 Roy J. Plunkett died. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.
2008 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 42 cents and post cards to 27 cents.