MAY 17 - Today in Food History
• National Cherry Cobbler Day (Cherry Cobbler Recipe)
• National Walnut Day (1949, Walnut Marketing Board)
(Walnut Trivia and Facts)
• World Baking Day (Baking Articles)
• Feast of St. Pascal Baylon, patron of cooks
• American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17, 2020)
[Brewers Association] Beer Trivia -- Beer Articles)
• National Public Gardens Week (May 8-17, 2020)
[American Public Gardens Assn]
• [National Invasive Species Awareness Week Part 2] (May 16-23, 2020) Raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national levels. (Part 1 was Feb 24-28, 2020)
• UK: British Sandwich Week (May 17-23, 2020)
[The British Sandwich Association]
• UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 11-17, 2020)
[The Vegetarian Society] (Vegetarian Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1733 England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from anyplace other than Britain and its possessions.
1792 Under a tree near 68 Wall Street in New York City, 24 stock brokers signed an agreement on commission rates. This agreement eventually led to the establishment of the New York Stock Exchange in 1817.
1803 John Hawkins & Richard French patent a Reaping Machine.
1838 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord died. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, known simply as Talleyrand, French statesman, diplomat and grand gourmet, called the 'first fork of France.' He served at the top levels of French governments for almost 50 years. During this time his chefs included Bouchee, Careme, and Avice. Many culinary preparations have been created or named for him.
1886 John Deere died. Inventor and manufacturer, he developed the first steel plow in the 1830s, and founded John Deere & Company in 1868.
1887 Dennis W. Shorter was issued U.S. patent # 363,089 for a livestock feed rack.
1906 The 100 room Turnberry Hotel, opened on the west coast of Scotland.
1947 Seabiscuit, the championship thoroughbred race horse, died at age 14.
1967 Tennessee repealed its 1925 law making it illegal to teach evolution in public schools.
(Tennessee Food Trivia & Facts)
1979 A state record low temperature of 12°F was recorded at the summit of the dormant volcano, Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. (Hawaii Food Trivia & Facts)
1985 A record salmon, a Chinook salmon, caught with rod and reel weighed over 97 pounds and was caught in Alaska. (Salmon Trivia and Facts)
1986 ‘Chicken Song’ by Spitting Image hit #1 in UK.
1992 Lawrence Welk, champagne music-maker, died.
2020 Coronavirus: Grocery prices on the rise; Some restaurants adding "covid-19" surcharge to bills, some face negative feedback; More restaurants announce they will permanently close; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,507,770 with over 90,110 deaths; Global cases more than 4,721,850 with over 313,260 deaths.