MAY 21 - Today in Food History
• National Waitstaff Day
(Articles about Restaurants and Service Staff)
• National Aperitif Day 2020 (declared annually in press release by [Maison Lillet], the celebrated vintner in Bordeaux)
• National Strawberries & Cream Day
(Strawberry Trivia & Facts)
• [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)
• Ireland: National Herb Week (May 20-26, 2020) An annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. [Irish Register of Herbalists]
• UK: British Sandwich Week (May 17-23, 2020)
[The British Sandwich Association]
On this day in:
1765 The first Agricultural Fair in North America was held at the British garrison, Fort Edwards, Nova Scotia.
(Agriculture & Farming Articles)
1853 The world's first public aquarium, The Aquatic Vivarium, opened in Regent's Park, London, England.
1870 William C. Coleman was born (died Nov 2, 1957). Inventor and founder of the Coleman Company, manufacturer of camping equipment.
1881 Clara Barton founded The American Red Cross in Washington D.C.
1881 The United States National Lawn Tennis Association was founded in New York City.
1915 Hyatt Robert von Dehn was born (died July 28, 1973). Built the Hyatt House motel near, Los Angeles International Airport in 1953, believed to be the world's first airport hotel. (Sold to Jay A. Pritzker, on September 27, 1957). (See also Aug 26, 1922).
1916 To much confusion, Daylight Saving Time was introduced in Britain as a war-time measure to save fuel.
1921 Taggart Baking Company of Indianapolis, Indiana introduced Wonder bread. The red, yellow and blue logo created by Taggart Vice President Elmer Cline was inspired by International Balloon Race at Indianapolis Speedway. (Bread Trivia --- Bread Recipes)
1923 Delmonico's Restaurant closed its doors, a victim of Prohibition. (Some sources list October 4, 1918).
(Delmonico’s Trivia & Facts)
1927 After a 33½ hour flight from Roosevelt Field in New York, Charles A. Lindbergh landed in Paris at 10:24 pm in his single engine airplane, The Spirit of St. Louis. The first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1957 George B. Hansburg of Walker Valley, N.Y. received U.S. patent # 2,793,036 for his invention of an improved pogo stick (a vertical pole with foot-rests and a spring-loaded assist to enable hopping). Great excercise!
1987 Archie Fairley Carr died (born June 16, 1909). An American biologist and authority on turtles. His extensive studies and conservation efforts helped to increase turtle populations around the world.
2009 After months of numerous mechanical failures, a new recycling system was activated on the international space station. The new system recycles astronauts urine and sweat into drinking water.
(Urine Trivia and Facts)
2020 Coronavirus: As restrictions are lifted, many restaurants wait and move with caution to put procedures in place for public health and safety, and also unsure how much business there will be.