MARCH 16 - Today in Food History
• National Artichoke Hearts Day (Artichoke Recipes)
(Artichoke Trivia -- Artichoke Cooking Tips)
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1740 Jacob Schweppe was born (died Nov 18, 1821). A German watchmaker and amateur scientist. Developed the first practical and commercially successful process for producing carbonated mineral water.
1912 First Lady Helen Herron Taft plants the 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
1915 Absinthe is outlawed in France and several other countries. Absinthe was a licorice/anise flavored liqueur that contained wormwood, and was 132 proof. The high alcohol content, and the presence of the toxic oil thujone from the wormwood, seemed to cause hallucinations, convulsions, and severe mental problems amongst hard core absinthe drinkers. Henry-Louis Pernod, who manufactured Absinthe, came out with the lower alcohol, wormwood free liqueur 'Pernod', to replace Absinthe. See also: Absinthe Trivia & Facts
Absinthe is now legal in the European Union.
1934 Walt Disney's 'The Three Little Pigs' won an Oscar for best Short Subject, Cartoon at the 6th Academy Awards.
1935 John James Rickard Macleod died (born Sept 6, 1876). He shared the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Sir Frederick Banting for the discovery of insulin and its role in the metabolism of sugar.
(Sugar Trivia and Facts)
1950 President Truman signed the Oleomargarine Act which repealed Federal taxes on oleomargarine.
(Margarine Trivia & Facts)
1975 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist, died.
1978 The 'Amoco Cadiz' oil tanker ran aground on Portsall Rocks, 3 miles off the Coast of Brittany, France. It split in two and spilled its entire cargo of 220,000 tons of crude oil. This was the largest oil spill by a grounded tanker to date.
1990 A Third Michelin star was awarded to Restaurant Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris. Chef Alain Ducasse, 33, is the youngest chef ever to have his restaurant receive 3 stars.
2020 Coronavirus: More states close all restaurants and bars; Movie theaters closing around the country; states begin closing all schools; EU countries restrict travel into the region; African countries ban travel from Europe & Asia; Canada closing borders to non-citizens; Airports in chaos as screening causes delays; airlines canceling up to 75% of flights. Stocks close down another 3,008 points today to 20,177.