APRIL 30 - Today in Food History
• National Arbor Day [Arbor Day Foundation]
(April 30, 2021 - last Friday in April - many states observe different dates according to best local tree planting times)
• Oatmeal Cookie Day (Oatmeal Cookie Recipes)
(History of the Oatmeal Cookie)
• National Raisin Day (Raisin Trivia and Facts)
• Stewardship Week - April 25-May 2, 2021 (last Sun in April to 1st Sun in May) [Nat’l Assoc. of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future. 2021 Theme is 'Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities'
• UK: National Gardening Week: April 26-May 2, 2021 [Royal Horticultural Society] Encouraging gardners to share their love of gardening.
On this day in:
1792 John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich died. Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands after him (now known as Hawaii). He is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions. (Sandwich Trivia & Facts)
(Sandwich Recipes --- Sandwich Quotes)
1803 The Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed in Paris. The formal transfer of ownership from France to the U.S. took place on March 10, 1804.
1812 Louisiana was admitted as the 18th state in the U.S. (Louisiana Food Trivia and Facts)
1879 Sarah Josepha Hale died (born Oct 24, 1788). Author, editor (Ladies' Magazine, Godey's Lady's Book). She was influential in having Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. Author of the poem 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'; Hale also founded the Seaman's Aid Society in 1833.
1891 Abram Lyle died (born Dec 14, 1820). Scottish shipbuilder and sugar refiner. Noted for the pale treacle, 'Lyle's Golden Syrup' (treacle is made from the syrup that remains after sugar is refined).
1900 Casey Jones (John Luther Jones) died (born March 14, 1864). Famed railroad engineer of the passenger train, the Cannonball Express, which crashed into a freight train near Vaughn, Mississippi. He died trying to stop his train and was immortalized as a hero in Wallace Saunders, 'The Ballad of Casey Jones'.
1904 The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis (St. Louis World's Fair). It was at the Fair that the ice cream cone was supposed to have been invented. The hot dog and iced tea were also popularized at the Fair.
1939 The 1939 New York World's Fair opened. 'Dawn of a New Day' and 'the World of Tomorrow.'
1952 Mr. Potato Head is introduced to the world. Mr. Potato Head is the also the first toy to be advertised on network television.
1955 'Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White' by Perez Prado hits number one on the charts.
1981 Dunkin Donuts opened its first store in the Philippines. (Donut Trivia)
1988 Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania created a new record setting 4.55 mile long Banana Split: 33,000 Bananas, 2,500 gallons of Ice Cream, 600 pounds of chopped Nuts and 450 gallons of Topping.
2020 Coronavirus: President Trump orders meat & poultry processing plants to remain open, workers are concerned because many are contracting coronavirus; Budget major brand 'light' beers show big increase in retail sales, pricier craft beers not so much.