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MAY 13 - Today in Food History

• National Apple Pie Day (Apple Pie Recipes)

• National Fruit Cocktail Day (Fruit Salad Recipes)

• World Cocktail Day (see 1806 below)

• International Hummus Day
  (Hummus Trivia   --   Hummus Recipes)

• [National Women’s Health Week] (May 10-16, 2020) begins on Mother’s Day

• [Food Allergy Awareness Week] (May 10-16, 2020)

• American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17, 2020)
  [Brewers Association]    Beer Trivia  --  Beer Articles)

• National Public Gardens Week (May 8-17, 2020)
  [American Public Gardens Assn]

• UK: [National Doughnut Week]  (May 9-16, 2020) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.

• UK: National Vegetarian Week (May 11-17, 2020)
  [The Vegetarian Society]    (Vegetarian Trivia & Facts)

• World Cocktail Week: May 6-13 (See May 13, 1806)
  (Cocktail Recipes  ---  Cocktail Trivia)

On this day in:

1607 A group of 104 colonists arrive from England and establish the first permanent English colony in America. They name the settlement Jamestown in honor of King James I. (Virginia Food Trivia & Stats)

1637 I am not totally confident with the month and day, but supposedly, Cardinal Richelieu 'created' the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table.  Presumably so no one could stab him.

1806 The first definition of the term Cocktail appeared in print, in the Hudson, New York publication ‘The Balance and Columbian Repository,’ in reply to a readers question: "Cock tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters."
(Cocktail Trivia  --  Cocktail Article)

1878 Joseph Henry died (born Dec 17, 1797). American Scientist. He was the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, where he established a meteorological program which became the foundation of a national weather service.

1884 Cyrus Hall McCormick died.  He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical reaper.

1908 A 3 day Conference of Governors began, hosted by President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House, to consider the problems of conservation. It was also attended by the members of the Supreme Court and the Cabinet, scientists, and various national leaders. It led to the creation of The National Conservation Commission.

1950 Diner's Club issues the first credit cards.
 (See details)

1954 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation authorizing construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which would connect the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. (see also April 25, 1959)

1958 Velcro was trademarked.

1968 Darius Rucker, lead singer with ‘Hootie and the Blowfish’ was born.

1971 Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died (born July 20, 1889). When Virginia O'Hanlon was 8 years old, she wrote the famous letter to the editor of the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus really exists.
(See article: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus)

1993 The ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’ play on the Simpsons TV show.

2020 Coronavirus:  California State University, with 480,000 students at 23 campuses, cancels all classes for fall semester and will conduct all instruction online;  Los Angeles County stay-at-home orders may last to July;  Experts warn about reopening states too soon;  White House warns states "face consequences" for staying closed;  U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,408,635 with over 83,425 deaths;  Global cases more than 4,342,345 with over 292,890 deaths.


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