MAY 20 - Today in Food History
• National Quiche Lorraine Day
(Quiche Origins -- Quiche Recipes)
• National Pick Strawberries Day (Strawberry Trivia)
• St. Bernadine of Siena, patron of advertisers.
• [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)
• Ireland: National Herb Week (May 20-26, 2020) An annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. [Irish Register of Herbalists]
• UK: British Sandwich Week (May 17-23, 2020)
[The British Sandwich Association]
On this day in:
1506 Christopher Columbus, explorer, died.
1799 Honore de Balzac Born. French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he ate "a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole," not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he also consumed.
1810 On this day Dolly Madison, wife of president James Madison, supposedly served the first ice cream at the White House, for a reception. (Ice Cream Trivia & Facts)
1860 Eduard Buchner was born (died Aug 13, 1917). A German biochemist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1907 for demonstrating the fermentation of carbohydrates results from the action of different enzymes contained in yeast and not the yeast cell itself. He showed that the enzyme zymase causes sugar to break up, and it can be extracted from yeast cells.
1862 President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. It opened millions of acres Western land to settlers
1874 Jeans with copper rivets are patented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis.
1875 The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was created. (Weights & Measures Trivia)
1884 L. Blue patented a hand corn sheller.
1892 George Sampson received a patent for a clothes dryer.
1913 William Hewlett was born. Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., some of their early inventions were an automatic urinal flusher and a weight loss shock machine!
1958 James Drummond Dole died (born sept 27, 1877). The 'Pineapple King' he founded Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901, renamed Dole Pineapple Co., later Dole Food Co. (Pineapple Trivia -- Hawaii Food Trivia)
1961 A record Jewfish (now renamed Goliath Grouper) weighed 680 pounds and was caught in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
1993 The last episode of 'Cheers' aired on TV.
2005 Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill making the orange the official State Fruit of Florida. The orange blossom and orange juice have been previously declared the official state flower and official state beverage.
(Florida Food Trivia & Facts)
2009 Hot Dog Wars: Sara Lee (Ball Park Franks) sued Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks) over claims that Oscar Mayer franks are better than Ball Park Franks.
(Hot Dog Trivia and Facts)
2020 Coronavirus: All 50 states have now started to ease coronavirus restrictions and public health experts worry about a new surge; Travel restrictions at Canadian and Mexican borders remain in place indefinitely; Pier 1 plans to close all its stores for good; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,570,580 with over 93,530 deaths; Global cases more than 4,989,095 with over 324,965 deaths.