MAY 23 - Today in Food History
• National Taffy Day
• 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)
• UK: British Tomato Week May 22-28, 2017 [British Tomato Growers’ Assn] (Tomato Trivia - Tomato Recipes)
On this day in:
1707 Carolus Linnaeus was born. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the 2 name or binomial system for defining and naming plants.
1725 Robert Bakewell was born (died, October 1, 1795). Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.
1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.
1788 South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
(S. Carolina Food Trivia -- S. Carolina Food Festivals)
1820 James Buchanan Eads was born (died March 8, 1887). Created special boats and a diving bell for salvaging goods from sunken riverboats on the Mississippi river. He also created a jetty system on the Mississippi for New Orleans which used the river's flow to cut its channel deeper enabling year round navigation.
1868 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, died. His last words were supposedly "Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."
1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.
1950 Frederick M. Jones was issued U.S. patent No. 2,509,099 for a "System for controlling the operation of refrigeration units".
1960 Georges Claude died (born Sept 24, 1970). A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.
1968 'Yummy, Yummy, Yummy' by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.
2016 Archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old brewery in the Central Plain of China. It is the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in China. Residue from inside the uncovered pots and funnels included a mix of fermented grains: broomcorn millet, barley and Job's tears, a chewy Asian grain also known as Chinese pearl barley. The beer 'recipe' also called for tubers, which were added to sweeten and flavor the beer. (As reported in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences').