MAY 29 - Today in Food History
• National Coq Au Vin Day
• UK: Cornish Potato Day (2014)
• UK: National BBQ Week (May 26-June 1, 2014)
• UK: English Wine Week (May 24-June 1, 2014)
On this day in:
1630 Charles II, king of England was born. The 'Merry Monarch,' tea was introduced to England during his reign. On December 23, 1675, he issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.
1716 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton was born. A French naturalist and pioneer in several fields including plant physiology. He also conducted agricultural experiments and introduced Merino sheep to France. First director of the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
1781 John Walker was born (died May 1, 1859). English chemist who invented the friction match (strike anywhere) in 1826.
1886 Coca-Cola, invented by pharmacist John Styth Pemberton in 1885, was advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Daily on this day.
1919 Charles Strite of Stillwater, Minnesota applied for a pop-up toaster patent.
1961 Mr. and Mrs. Alderson Muncy of Paynesville, West Virginia, were the first food stamp recipients on May 29, 1961. They purchased $95 in food stamps for their 15-person household.
1971 'Brown Sugar' by the Rolling Stones hits number 1 on the charts.
1978 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 15 cents and post cards to 10 cents.
2004 Tens of millions of pounds of almonds were recalled by one of the world's largest almond producers, located in California due to a salmonella outbreak. At least 25 people were sickened in states from Alaska to Michigan.