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MAY 16 - Today in Food History

• National Coquilles St. Jacques Day
  (Coquilles St. Jacques Recipe  --  Scallop Trivia & Facts)

World Whisky Day (May 16, 2020 - 3rd Sat)
  [Hot Rum Cow magazine, UK]

• St. Honoratus' Day. Patron saint of bakers, pastry chefs, confectioners, flour merchants.

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

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

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

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

• [National Invasive Species Awareness Week Part 2] (May 16-23, 2020) Raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national levels. (Part 1 was Feb 24-28, 2020)

• 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)

On this day in:

1771 James Baker (Baker's Chocolate) bought what is believed to be his first order of cocoa beans.
(Cocoa & Chocolate History)

1832 Philip Danforth Armour was born.  An American industrialist, he was a pioneer in use of refrigeration and meat canning.  Armour & Co. helped make Chicago the meatpacking capital of the world. (Chicago Food Trivia)

1861 John Stevens Henslow died.  This British clergyman and botanist was a mentor of Charles Darwin.  To get farmers to apply scientific methods, he gave lectures on the fermentation of manure.  He also showed Irish farmers how to get starch from rotten potatoes during the potato famine of 1845-1846.

1866 Congress authorized the minting of a 5 cent coin made of copper-nickel, and referred to as a 'nickel'.  Silver 5 cent pieces had been called half dimes.

1888 The Canadian Pacific Railway opened the 5 story Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1914 The Grand League of the American Horseshoe Pitchers Association was founded.

1928 Frederick Walton died (born March 13, 1834). Inventor of Linoleum in 1863.

1929 The first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

1947 Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins died.  He discovered what we now call 'vitamins,' essential nutrients needed to maintain health. (Vitamin Trivia & Facts)

1965 Franco-American Spaghetti-O's are introduced; variously-sized pasta rings in a tomato and cheese sauce, sold in cans.

1971 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 8 cents and post cards to 6 cents.

2005 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Michigan and New York could not prohibit people from buying wine online from out of state wineries.  Some 23 other states have similar laws that presumably would also be affected by the ruling.

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94.  A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world. (California Wine Articles)

2020 Coronavirus:  New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware will reopen beaches for Memorial Day Weekend at 50% capacity, no concession stands and no contact activities;  Restaurant and Hospitality employment dropped by about 48% since February;  U.S. retail sales dropped 16.4% in April, largest drop on record;  JC Penny files for Bankruptcy;  U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,484,285 with over 88,505 deaths;  Global cases more than 4,628,545 with over 308,645 deaths.


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