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APRIL 19 - Today in Food History

• National Amaretto Day (Amaretto Cheesecake)

• Garlic Day (Garlic Trivia  --  Buying and Using Garlic
What Would We Do Without Garlic?  -  Blue Garlic???)

• National Rice Ball Day (Rice Ball Recipes)

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1877 Ole Evinrude was born. He invented the first practical outboard motor in 1909. The idea came to him while rowing a boat to a picnic one day. He decided there must be an easier way to move a small boat on the water.

1882 Charles Darwin Died. Pioneering English naturalist who developed the theory of evolution. His works include 'Origin of Species' and 'The Descent of Man.'

1904 Richard Pough was born. An American ecologist he was the founding president of the Nature Conservancy and helped found the World Wildlife Fund. In 1945, he was one of the first to warn about the dangers of the pesticide DDT to fish and birds.

1933 Jayne Mansfield was born. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was 'Miss Roquefort Cheese,' because she believed it "just didn't sound right."  (Roquefort Cheese Trivia & Facts)

1937 Antonio Carluccio was born. Italian chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. TV show 'Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feasts'

1937 William Morton Wheeler died (born March 19, 1865). American entomologist, a world authority on ants. His books include 'Ants: Their Structure, Development and Behavior' (1910) and 'Social LIfe Among the Insects' (1923).
(See also: Why Not Eat Insects?)

1938 RCA-NBC began broadcasting the first regular TV programs from the Empire State Building for five hours per week.  Very few TV sets existed to receive the programs.

1947 Mark Volman of the music group 'The Turtles' was born.

1968 'Honey' by Bobby Goldsboro is #1 on the charts.

1975 Percy L. Julian died. An African American chemist, he worked on synthesizing various compounds from soy beans. One of his creations was a foam fire extinguisher refined from soya protein. (Soybean Trivia)

1995 The Supreme Court ruled that alcohol content could be listed on beer labels, overturning a 1935 law which had prohibited it. (Beer Trivia and Facts)


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