MAY 17 - Today in Food History

• National Cherry Cobbler Day (Cherry Cobbler Recipe)

• National Aperitif Day 2018 (declared annually in press release by [Maison Lillet], the celebrated vintner in Bordeaux)

• National Walnut Day (1949, Walnut Marketing Board)
  (Walnut Trivia and Facts)

World Baking Day  (Baking Articles)

• Feast of St. Pascal Baylon, patron of cooks

Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 13-19, 2018)

• American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20, 2018)
  [Brewers Association]    Beer Trivia  --  Beer Articles)

National Women’s Health Week (May 13-19, 2018) begins on Mother’s Day

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.

• UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 14-20, 2018) [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.
(Molasses Trivia)

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1967 Tennessee repealed its 1925 law making it illegal to teach evolution in public schools.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.


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