MAY 3 - Today in Food History
• 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 & Education Week - April 29-May 6, 2018 (last Sun in April to 1st Sun in May) [Nat’l Assoc. of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future. 2018 Theme is 'Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.'
• UK: National Gardening Week: April 30-May 6, 2018 [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.
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)