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World Food Day - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.

• National Liqueur Day (Liqueur Articles)

• St. Gall, patron of geese and poultry

• UK: Pyrex National Baking Week (Oct 16-22, 2017)

• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2017)

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1793  Marie Antoinette, Queen consort of Louis XVI of France, was guillotined (born Nov 2, 1755). She would sometimes wear potato blossoms as a hair decoration.  Attributed quote: "If they have no bread, let them eat cake."

1829 The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston. It was the first modern hotel in the U.S. Rooms were $2 per day with meals included. It was the first hotel with indoor plumbing, with toilets and rooms for baths in the basement.

1901 President Theodore Roosevelt invited educator Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House. Other presidents had invited African-Americans to meetings at the White House, but Washington was the first African-American to dine at the White House.

1928 Eliza Maria Mosher died (born Oct 2, 1846).  An American physician whose wide-ranging medical career included an educational focus on physical fitness and health maintenance.

Minnesota's first pheasant season begins. Ring-necked pheasants were introduced to the state from China in 1905. (Pheasant Trivia  --  Pheasant Recipes)

1939 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' opened on Broadway.

1941 'Fry Me Cookie, with a Can of Lard' was recorded by the Will Bradley Orchestra.

1945 World Food Day. The founding day of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

1962 'Flea' (Michael Peter Balzary) was born.  Bass player for the music group 'Red Hot Chili Peppers.'

1976 'Disco Duck (Part 1)' by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots was #1 on the music charts.

1986 A record northern pike weighed over 55 pounds and was caught in Germany.

2005 Elmer 'Len' Dresslar Jr. died (born March 25, 1925). Voice actor, best known as the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant in commercials.


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