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MAY 9 - Today in Food History

• [Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive] (May 9, 2020) POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS - NEW DATE NOT YET SCHEDULED. Since 1993, on the 2nd Sat. in May, letter carriers across the nation collect nonperishable food items left by mailboxes and deliver them to local food banks.

• National Butterscotch Brownie Day
  (Brownie Recipes  --  Brownie Trivia)

• National Moscato Wine Day - The Moscato (Muscat in Italian) is one of the oldest known grape varieties.

• World Fair Trade Day (May 9, 2020 - 2nd Sat in May) [World Fair Trade Organization, WFTO] a day to promote Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

• National Public Gardens Week (May 8-17, 2020)
  [American Public Gardens Assn]

• Netherlands: [National Mill Day(May 9-10, 2020)  EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  On this day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors

UK: British Cheese Weekender (May 8-10, 2020) [Specialist Cheesemakers Assoc] Online cheese festival

• UK: [National Doughnut Week]  (May 9-16, 2020) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.

• World Cocktail Week: May 6-13 (See May 13, 1806)
  (Cocktail Recipes  ---  Cocktail Trivia)
 

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1785 The beer-pump handle was patented by Joseph Bramah. (Beer Trivia and Facts)

1845 Carl Gustaf Patrik de Laval was born.  A Swedish scientist and inventor.  Among his inventions was the centrifugal cream separator and a vacuum milking machine.

1868 The town site of Reno, Nevada (named after Civil War General Jesse Reno) was officially established.
(Nevada Food Trivia and Facts)

1914 C. W. Post (Charles William) died.  He founded the Postum Cereal Co. in 1895 (renamed General Foods Corp. in 1922) to manufacture Postum cereal beverage; 1897 Grape Nuts, 1904 Post Toasties, originally called Elijah's Mana.  (Breakfast Cereal Trivia & Facts)

1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother's Day. The previous day, May 8, Congress designated the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother's Day and requested a proclamation.

1920 Frank Perdue president of Perdue Farms was born (died March 31, 2005). He was the son of the company's founder Arthur Perdue. Perdue is the 3rd largest poultry company in the U.S.

1942 'Tangerine' by Jimmy Dorsey was #1 on the music charts.

1949 The first self-service coin operated laundry (laundrette) in Britain opened in Queensway, London.

1992 A record brown trout weighed over 40 pounds and was caught in Arkansas.  (Trout Trivia & Facts)

2014 The movie 'Chef' was released in the U.S.  A chef loses his restaurant job and starts up a food truck

2016 President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, declaring the North American Bison the official National Mammal of the United States. (Bison Trivia)

2020 Coronavirus:  Most states have begun easing restrictions;  Most Americans worry that their states are reopening too soon;  The unemployment rate for April was 14.7%, up from 4.4% in March;  Industry experts say challenges in the meat supply chain will linger as workers continue to get sick from the coronavirus as they work side-by-side;  In addition to individual restaurants closing permanently, numerous small and regional restaurant chains are filing for bankruptcy, others are closing permanently;  U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,321,785 with over 78,615 deaths;  Global cases more than 4,012,845 with over 276,215 deaths.
 

 

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