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Today in Food History

• Pancake Queen Memorial Day (see 1923 below)

National Hunting & Fishing Day 2017
   [Presidential proclamation, 1972]

• National Alpaca Farm Days (Sept 23-24, 2017)
  [Alpaca Owners Association]

• St. Clare of Assisi, patron of good weather, laundry workers and eyes.

• National Farm Safety & Health Week (Sept 17-23, 2017) [Nat'l Education Ctr for Agricultural Safety]

• Canada: National Organic Week (Sept 16-24, 2017) The largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across Canada.

• UK: National Cupcake Week (Sept 18-24, 2017)
  (Cupcake Trivia  --  Cupcake Recipes)

• UK: Red Squirrel Week (Sept 23-Oct 1, 2017) Once common, Red Squirrels are now only found in certain areas of the UK, which is why The Wildlife Trusts are working to protect them. [The Wildlife Trusts]

• UK: British Food Fortnight (Sept 23 - Oct 8, 2017)

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

On this day in:

1848 The first commercial chewing gum is introduced, State of Maine Spruce Gum. (Chewing Gum Trivia)

1869 Mary Mallon was born. 'Typhoid Mary' was an infamous household cook who was responsible for major outbreaks of typhoid in the New York City area in 1904, 1907, and 1914. She was immune to typhoid herself, but was a carrier of the bacillus, and spread it wherever she worked as a household cook (see also March 27, 1915).

1880 Sir John Boyd Orr was born. A Scottish scientist and nutrition expert, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to eliminate world hunger.

1923 Nancy Green died. Nancy Green was hired to represent and demonstrate Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix. At the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the exhibit was so popular that police had to control the crowds at the Aunt Jemima booth. Fair officials awarded her a medal and proclaimed her Pancake Queen. She played the part of Aunt Jemima until her death in a car accident.
(More about Nancy Green)

1947 Jerry Corbetta of the music group 'Sugarloaf' was born.

1964 Robert Irvine was born. British celebrity chef. Food Network shows include ‘Dinner: Impossible’; ‘Worst Cooks in America’; ‘Restaurant: Impossible’.
(Official website:

1969 'Sugar, Sugar' by the Archies is #1 on the charts.

2008 Battery by Fart: A man in West Virginia was charged with battery on a police officer when he passed gas and allegedly 'fanned' it toward the police officer. He had been taken to the police station for a Breathalyzer test when the alleged 'fart and fan' caper occurred. The prosecutor's office later requested that the criminal complaint be dropped. (Flatulence Trivia)


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