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MAY 15 - Today in Food History

• National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day [National Confectioners Assn.] (Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia)
• St. Isidore the Farmer, patron of agricultural workers, livestock, and ranchers.
• Netherlands: National Mill Day (May 14-15, 2016)  On this day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors.

• National Emu Week (May 7-15, 2016) [American Emu Association] (Emu Recipes  --  Emu Trivia)
• World Trade Week  (May 15-21, 2016) Every year, the President of the United States declares the 3rd full week of May as World Trade Week.
• UK: British Sandwich Week (May 8-15, 2016) The British Sandwich Association (Sandwich Recipes)
• UK: Real Bread Week (May 14-22, 2016)
  (Bread Recipes  --  Bread Trivia & Facts)

On this day in:

1792 James Mayer de Rothschild was born (died Nov 15, 1868).  European banker and founder of the French branch of the Rothschild family.  In 1868 he acquired the famous Chateau Lafite vineyards in Bordeaux, France.
(Bordeaux Wines  --  Bordeaux Primer)

1817 Joseph A. Campbell was born (died March 27, 1900).  A fruit merchant, in 1869 he partnered with icebox maker Abraham Anderson to form a canning company that would become Campbell Soup Company.
(Campbell Soup Trivia & Facts)

1862 The U.S. Bureau of Agriculture was established.  It became the USDA (Department of Agriculture) in 1889.

1882 Cadwallader C. Washburn died (born April 22, 1818). In 1866 he built a flour mill at St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota and his Washburn-Crosby Co. (forerunner of General Mills) would market Gold Medal flour.

1923 Listerine was registered as a trademark.

1930 Ellen Church, a registered nurse, became the world’s first airline stewardess.  The 11 passengers were flying on a United Airlines tri-motor Boeing 80A from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming.  The meal was chicken, fruit salad and rolls.

1940 Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware.

1942 World War II Gasoline rationing began in eastern U.S. states. Nationwide gas rationing began in December.

1989 Hershey's reduces the size of the Hershey bar to 1.55 ounces.  The price remains 40 cents.

1991 The famous Paris cooking school, L'Ecole de Cordon Bleu, opens a branch in Tokyo, Japan.

2007 Karen Hess, culinary historian, died.  Some of her books were 'The Taste of America' (1977) and 'Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection' (1992).  She also annotated Mary Randolph's 'Virginia Housewife' (1983).
 

 

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