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MAY 16 - Today in Food History

• National Coquilles St. Jacques Day (Recipe)
• St. Honoratus' Day. Patron saint of bakers, pastry chefs, confectioners, flour merchants.

• American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22, 2016)
  [Brewers Association]
• 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 Tomato Week May 16-22, 2016 [British Tomato Growers’ Assn] (Tomato Trivia - Tomato Recipes)
• UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 16-22, 2016) The Vegetarian Society (Vegetarian Trivia & Facts)
• UK: Real Bread Week (May 14-22, 2016)
  (Bread Recipes  --  Bread Trivia & Facts)

On this day in:

1771 James Baker (Baker's Chocolate) bought what is believed to be his first order of cocoa beans.
(Cocoa & Chocolate History)

Philip Danforth Armour was born.  An American industrialist, he was a pioneer in use of refrigeration and meat canning.  Armour & Co. helped make Chicago the meatpacking capital of the world. (Chicago Food Trivia)

1861 John Stevens Henslow died.  This British clergyman and botanist was a mentor of Charles Darwin.  To get farmers to apply scientific methods, he gave lectures on the fermentation of manure.  He also showed Irish farmers how to get starch from rotten potatoes during the potato famine of 1845-1846.

1866 Congress authorized the minting of a 5 cent coin made of copper-nickel, and referred to as a 'nickel'.  Silver 5 cent pieces had been called half dimes.

1888 The Canadian Pacific Railway opened the 5 story Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1914 The Grand League of the American Horseshoe Pitchers Association was founded.

1928 Frederick Walton died (born March 13, 1834). Inventor of Linoleum in 1863.

1947 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins died.  He discovered what we now call 'vitamins,' essential nutrients needed to maintain health. (Vitamin Trivia & Facts)

1965 Franco-American Spaghetti-O's are introduced; variously-sized pasta rings in a tomato & cheese sauce.

1971 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 8 cents and post cards to 6 cents.

2005 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Michigan and New York could not prohibit people from buying wine online from out of state wineries.  Some 23 other states have similar laws that presumably would also be affected by the ruling.

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94.  A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world. (California Wine Articles)


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