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MAY 27 - Today in Food History

• National Grape Popsicle Day (Popsicle Trivia & Facts)

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)
UK: English Wine Week (May 27-June 4, 2017)
  [English Wine Producers]

On this day in:

1901 Conrad Arnold Elvehjem Born.  American biochemist who identified nicotinic acid as a vitamin (one of the B vitamins), and that a deficiency on nicotinic acid resulted in the disease pellagra.

1907 Rachel Louise Carson was born; author of 'Silent Spring.'  An American biologist, the book was concerned with the dangers of environmental pollution, especially DDT

1919 U.S. patent No. 1,304,623 was issued for 'Pyrex' glass (sodium borosilicate glass).

1930 Richard G. Drew of St. Paul, Minnesota patented removeable masking tape (U.S. patent No. 1,760,820). He worked out a deal with 3M to market it under the 'Scotch' brand (Sept 8, 1930).

1933 The first automatic soda fountain dispenser is introduced by Coca-Cola. (Coca Cola Trivia & Facts)

1936 On this date the 'Queen Mary', Cunard lines new 1,000 ft, 81,000 ton passenger ship, set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.  In 1967 the Queen Mary was purchased by the city of Long Beach, California, where it arrived on December 9, 1967 to begin its new roll as a museum, hotel and conference center.

1937 The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco officially opened to the public with a week long Fiesta Week celebration, beginning today with an exclusive 'Pedestrian Day.'

1966 Heston Blumenthal was born. English celebrity chef, author and restaurateur. Owner of 3 Michelin star restaurant, ‘The Fat Duck’ and ‘The Hinds Head’ in Bray, Berkshire, and ‘Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’ in London.(Website:

1975 British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was born.  Known as the 'Naked Chef,' on his BBC TV cooking shows (the name refers to simplicity, not nudity).  He has had several TV shows, 'The Naked Chef,' 'Return of the Naked Chef,' 'Happy Days with the Naked Chef,' 'Jamie's Kitchen,' 'Return to Jamie's Kitchen,' and 'Oliver's Twist.'  He has also written several cookbooks.

1993 The Canadian House of Commons approved the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


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