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MAY 20 - Today in Food History

Food Revolution Day (May 20, 2016)  An annual global day of action that celebrates good, fresh, real food.
• National Pizza Party Day (May 20, 2016 - 3rd Fri)
(Pizza History  --  Pizza Trivia & Facts  --  Pizza Recipes)
• National Quiche Lorraine Day
  (Quiche Origins  --  Quiche Recipes)
• National Pick Strawberries Day (Strawberry Trivia)
• St. Bernadine of Siena, patron of advertisers.

• American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22, 2016)
  [Brewers Association]
International Pickle Week (May 20-30, 2016 [10 days]) Observed for more than 50 years, it is one of the longest running food promotions (Pickle Trivia  --  Pickle Recipes)
• 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:

1506 Christopher Columbus, explorer, died.

1799 Honore de Balzac Born.  French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs.  When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food.  One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he ate "a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole," not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he also consumed.

1810 On this day Dolly Madison, wife of president James Madison, supposedly served the first ice cream at the White House, for a reception. (Ice Cream Trivia & Facts)

1860 Eduard Buchner was born (died Aug 13, 1917).  A German biochemist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1907 for demonstrating the fermentation of carbohydrates results from the action of different enzymes contained in yeast and not the yeast cell itself. He showed that the enzyme zymase causes sugar to break up, and it can be extracted from yeast cells.
(Carbohydrate Facts)

1862 President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law.  It opened millions of acres Western land to settlers

1874 Jeans with copper rivets are patented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.

1875 The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was created. (Weights & Measures Trivia)

1884 L. Blue patented a hand corn sheller.

1892 George Sampson received a patent for a clothes dryer.

1913 William Hewlett was born.  Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company.  Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!

1958 James Drummond Dole died (born sept 27, 1877).  The 'Pineapple King' he founded Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901, renamed Dole Pineapple Co., later Dole Food Co. (Pineapple Trivia  --  Hawaii Food Trivia)

1961 A record Jewfish (now renamed Goliath Grouper) weighed 680 pounds and was caught in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

1993 The last episode of 'Cheers' aired on TV.

2005 Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill making the orange the official State Fruit of Florida.  The orange blossom and orange juice have been previously declared the official state flower and official state beverage.
(Florida Food Trivia & Facts  --  Florida Food Festivals)

2009 Hot Dog Wars: Sara Lee (Ball Park Franks) sued Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks) over claims that Oscar Mayer franks are better than Ball Park Franks.
(Hot Dog Trivia and Facts)


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