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MAY 2 - Today in Food History

• World Tuna Day [UN Resolution]

• National Herb Day (May 2, 2020 - 1st Sat in May)
  [Herb Day Coalition]

• National Truffles Day (Truffle Trivia & Facts)

• AHA Big Brew Day (Homebrew Day)  May 2, 2020 - 1st Saturday in May. [American Homebrewers Assn.]  (see also May 7)

• Stewardship Week - April 26-May 3, 2020 (last Sun in April to 1st Sun in May) [Nat’l Assoc. of Conservation Districts] To encourage conserving natural resources for our future. 2020 Theme is 'Where would we BEE without Pollinators?'

• UK: [Coffee Week] (April 27 - May 3, 2020 - Can be in April or May).  COFFEE WEEK HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO AUTUMN - NEW DATES TO FOLLOW.  The nation’s largest celebration of coffee, all for a good cause.

• UK: National Gardening Week: April 27-May 3, 2020  [Royal Horticultural Society]  Encouraging gardners to share their love of gardening.

On this day in:

1519 Leonardi da Vinci died (born April 15, 1452). Italian artist, etc, etc, etc.

1670 King Charles II of England granted a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company, which gave the company a trading monopoly and effective control over a vast region surrounding North America's Hudson Bay.

1854 Hugh Rock of Boston, Massachusetts received the first U.S. design patent for a hairbrush.

1878 The U.S. stopped minting the 20 cent coin.

1878 At 7 a.m., the ‘Washburn A’ flour mill in Minneapolis exploded, sending the roof 500 feet in the air.  18 workers were killed and seven other flour mills were also destroyed. (Flour Trivia & Facts)

1880 The S.S. Columbia became the first U.S. steamboat to successfully employ electric lighting, installed in its passenger rooms and main salons.

1885 ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine begins publication.  Founded by Clark W. Bryan, the magazine was purchased by Hearst publishing in 1911.

1890 The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
(Oklahoma Food Trivia)

1903 Bejnamin Spock was born (died March 15, 1998). American pediatrician and author of the best selling 'Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care' (1946)

1934 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev died.  A Russian chemist who developed a method for large scale production of synthetic rubber.  Production of polybutadiene was begun in 1932 using potatoes and limestone as raw materials.

1942 'Moonlight Cocktail' by Glenn Miller was #1 on the music charts.

1969 The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) British luxury ocean liner left on her maiden voyage to New York.

1972 President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day on the 4th Saturday in September.

1974 Filming for 'Jaws' began at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. (Shark Facts & Trivia)

1993 Julio Gallo died (born March 21, 1910).  Co-founded E & J Gallo Winery with his brother Ernest in 1933. It is the largest winery in the U.S. with about 25% of the U.S. wine market.
(North American Wine Articles)

2020 Coronavirus: Governor closes all roads into and out of Gallup, New Mexico (population 70,000) to stop the spread of coronavirus;  Half of U.S. states begin opening up while some states extend lockdowns;  Some cities are suing state governments over lockdowns;  Face masks now mandatory on major U.S. airlines;  Whole Foods Markets will provide free masks to customers who don't have their own, beginning next week;  U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,131,450 with over 65,775 deaths;  Global cases more than 3,401,315 with over 269,610 deaths.


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