MAY 8 - Today in Food History
• Mother’s Day 2016
• National Coconut Cream Pie Day
• Have a Coke Day (see 1886 below)
• Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 8-14, 2016)
• National Emu Week (May 7-15, 2016) [American Emu Association] (Emu Recipes -- Emu Trivia)
• World Cocktail Week: May 6-13 (See May 13, 1806)
• National Herb Week (May 2-8, 2016) International Herb Association [www.iherb.org/]
• National Women’s Health Week (May 8-14, 2016) begins on Mother’s Day
• UK: British Sandwich Week (May 8-15, 2016) The British Sandwich Association (Sandwich Recipes)
• UK: National Doughnut Week (May 7-14, 2016) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.
On this day in:
1842 Emil Chrstian Hansen was born (died Aug 27, 1909). He was a Danish botanist who developed new methods to culture yeast. He revolutionized the beer industry, and proved that there are different species of yeast. He refused to patent the method, but instead made it available for free to other brewers.
1855 John Gates was born. Gates was an inventor, promoter and barbed wire manufacturer.
1886 Coca Cola is first sold to the public at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia.
1914 U.S. Congress passed law designating 2nd Sunday in May as Mother's Day. (President Wilson issued the requested proclamation on May 9.)
1961 The U.S. Department of the Interior opened the first practical seawater desalination plant in Freeport, Texas. It could produce about 1 million gallons of water at a cost of $1.25 per thousand gallons. (see also June 21, 1961)
1968 Laurence M. Klauber died. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book "Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind."
1980 The World Health Organization declared that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide.
2000 The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation banning discrimination based on Height or Weight. The ban became law on May 26 when then Mayor Willie Brown signed the legislation.