MAY 3 - Today in Food History
• School Lunch Hero Day (May 3, 2019)
[School Nutrition Association] The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria.
• National Raspberry Popover Day (Popover Facts)
• National Chocolate Custard Day
• [World Press Freedom Day] (World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day)
• Stewardship Week - April 26-May 3, 2020 (last Sun in April to 1st Sun in May) [Nat’l Assoc. of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future. 2020 Theme is 'Where would we BEE without Pollinators?'
• UK: [Coffee Week] (April 27 - May 3, 2020 - Can be in April or May). COFFEE WEEK HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO AUTUMN - NEW DATES TO FOLLOW. The nation’s largest celebration of coffee, all for a good cause.
• UK: National Gardening Week: April 27-May 3, 2020 [Royal Horticultural Society] Encouraging gardners to share their love of gardening.
On this day in:
1494 Christopher Columbus sighted the island of Jamaica. (Jamaican Cuisine Articles)
1654 A bridge in Rowley, Massachusetts began charging a toll for animals. People passed for free.
1831 William Manning of Plainfield, New Jersey received a patent for a reaper for harvesting hay and grain. It was designed by his wife, Ann Harned Manning.
1844 Wilbur Olin Atwater was born (died Sept 22, 1907). American agricultural chemist who layed the groundwork for the science of nutrition. In 1875 he established the first agricultural experimental station in the U.S. at Wesleyan College in Connecticut.
1913 William Motter Inge was born. An American playwright, he was the author of 'Picnic' which was also filmed in 1956.
1920 Alfred L. Cralle died (born Sept 4, 1866). Inventor of an ice cream scoop, his design is still in use today. (see Feb 2, 1897) --- (Ice Cream Trivia)
1921 West Virginia became the first state to enact a state sales tax. It became effective on July 1, 1921.
(West Virginia Food Trivia & Facts)
1929 The original Waldorf-Astoria hotel was closed and soon demolished. It had been sold to make way for construction of the Empire State Building (see also Nov 1, 1897 and Oct 1, 1931).
1937 Francis Stephen Castelluccio was born. Better known as Frankie Valli of 'The Four Seasons' singing group.
1939 The Andrew Sisters recorded 'Beer Barrel Polka.'
1944 Most wartime meat rationing ended in the United States.
1947 Sylvester tried to have Tweety Bird for lunch for the first time in a Warner Brothers cartoon.
1959 Passing through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway (see also April 25) the British freighter 'Ramon de Larrinaga' becomes the first deep draft ocean ship to enter the Duluth, Minnesota harbor.
2007 Jamison Stone, 11 years old, bagged a 'wild hog' that weighed in at over 1050 pounds. He was hunting on a commercial huntng preserve with his father and several guides in eastern Alabama. The animal measured 9 feet 4 inches long, nose to tail.
(Hog Trivia & Facts)