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Today in Food History

• Pancake Queen Memorial Day (see 1923 below)
• St. Clare of Assisi, patron of good weather, laundry workers and eyes.

• Canada: National Organic Week (Sept 17-25, 2016)
The largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across Canada.
• Nat’l Farm Safety & Health Week (Sept 18-24, 2016)
  [Nat'l Education Center for Agricultural Safety]
• UK: British Food Fortnight (Sept 17 - Oct 2, 2016)
• UK: National Cupcake Week (Sept 19-25, 2016)
• UK: Seed Gathering Season (Sept 23-Oct 23, 2016)

On this day in:

1848 The first commercial chewing gum is introduced, State of Maine Spruce Gum

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.

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.


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