MAY 27 - Today in Food History
• National Grape Popsicle Day (Popsicle Trivia & Facts)
• UK: British Tomato Fortnight: May 25-June 7, 2020
[British Tomato Growers’ Association]
(Tomato Trivia --- Tomato Recipes)
• UK: National BBQ Week (May 25-31, 2020)
(BBQ Articles & Recipes -- Barbecue Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1755 The first municipal water pumping plant in America was installed at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Water was supplied from a 70 foot high tank that was filled with water pumped from a spring through wooden pipes.
1893 Ontario creates Algonquin Park as a wildlife sanctuary. It is Canada's first provincial park.
1901 Chapman Jay Root founded the Root Glass Works in Terre Haute, Indiana to manufacture glass bottles that would withstand high internal pressures. In 1916 the company would win the design competition for what would become the iconic 6.5 ounce Coca-Cola bottle.
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. (Vitamin Trivia)
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). The patent was assigned to Corning Glass Works by the inventors, Corning research chemists Eugene C. Sullivan and William C. Taylor.
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: www.thefatduck.co.uk]
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).
2020 Coronavirus: The iconic New York City nightclub, Copacabana has permanently closed after 80 years, may reopen next year in a different location; TGI Friday's to permanently close up to 20% of its 386 U.S. locations; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,725,275 with over 100,572 deaths; Global cases more than 5,686,280 with over 352,225 deaths.