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MAY 13 - Today in Food History

Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive (May 13, 2017) Since 1993, on the 2nd Saturday in May letter carriers across the nation collect nonperishable food items left by mailboxes.
World Fair Trade Day 2017 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 Apple Pie Day (Apple Pie Recipes)
• National Fruit Cocktail Day (Fruit Salad Recipes)
• World Cocktail Day (see 1806 below)
• Netherlands: National Mill Day (May 13-14, 2017)  On this day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors.

• National Emu Week (May 6-14, 2017)
  [American Emu Assoc] (Emu Recipes  --  Emu Trivia)
• National Herb Week (May 7-13, 2017) International Herb Association [www.iherb.org/]
• UK: National Doughnut Week  (May 6-13, 2017) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.
• UK: Real Bread Week (May 6-14, 2017)
  (Bread Recipes  --  Bread Trivia & Facts)
• World Cocktail Week: May 6-13 (See May 13, 1806)

On this day in:

1607 A group of 104 colonists arrive from England and establish the first permanent English colony in America. They name the settlement Jamestown in honor of King James I. (Virginia Food Trivia & Stats)

1637 I am not totally confident with the month and day, but supposedly, Cardinal Richelieu 'created' the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table.  Presumably so no one could stab him.

1806 The first definition of the term Cocktail appeared in print, in the Hudson, New York publication ‘The Balance and Columbian Repository,’ in reply to a readers question: "Cock tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters."
(Cocktail Trivia  --  Cocktail Article)

1878 Joseph Henry died (born Dec 17, 1797). American Scientist. He was the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, where he established a meteorological program which became the foundation of a national weather service.

1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick died.  He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical reaper.

1908 A 3 day Conference of Governors began, hosted by President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House, to consider the problems of conservation. It was also attended by the members of the Supreme Court and the Cabinet, scientists, and various national leaders. It led to the creation of The National Conservation Commission.

1950 Diner's Club issues the first credit cards.
 (See details)

1954 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation authorizing construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which would connect the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. (see also April 25, 1959)

1958 Velcro was trademarked.

1968 Darius Rucker, lead singer with ‘Hootie and the Blowfish’ was born.

1971 Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died (born July 20, 1889). When Virginia O'Hanlon was 8 years old, she wrote the famous letter to the editor of the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus really exists.
(See article: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus)

1993 The ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ play on the Simpsons TV show.


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