MAY 31 - Today in Food History
• National Macaroon Day (Small cookies made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites, probably originated in Venice in the 14th or 15th century).
• 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:
1744 Richard Lovell Edgeworth died. An Anglo-Irish inventor, among his many inventions and innovations were a turnip cutter, various improvements in agricultural machines, and a velocipede.
1790 The first U.S. copyright law was signed by George Washington.
1836 The Astor House luxury hotel opened in New York City. Built by John Jacob Astor, it was located on Broadway between Vesey and Barclay Streets.
1864 Frederick Walton of London, England was granted patent 3,210 for Linoleum. (U.S. patent 87,227 granted Feb 23, 1869).
1880 Hippolyte Mege Mouries died (born Oct 24, 1817). A French scientist, he invented margarine (French patent No. 86489) and also received patents for canned meat, sugar extraction and others. (Margarine Trivia & Facts)
1884 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg applied for a patent for 'flaked cereal' (corn flakes). It was his brother Will Keith Kellogg who became rich & famous by marketing the new cereal commercially.
1892 Lea & Perrins label was trademarked.
(Worcestershire Sauce Trivia)
1910 Elizabeth Blackwell died (born Feb 3, 1821). First woman to receive an M.D. degree from a U.S. medical school (1849).
1974 Adelle Davis died. Nutritionist, and author of 'Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit.' She promoted many theories that have been labeled as unfounded and dangerous by the medical community.
1980 Cook's magazine begins publication. Christopher Kimball is the publisher.
1983 Jack Dempsey died. Regarded as one of the greatest boxers, he held the world heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He then became a successful restaurateur in New York City.
2003 The Concorde supersonic airliner made its final scheduled return trip from New York to Paris as Air France took the Concorde out of service.
2020 Coronavirus: Some states see a rise in new cases after reopening; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,816,820 with over 105,555 deaths; Global cases more than 6,160,295 with over 371,005 deaths.