MAY 23 - Today in Food History
• National Taffy Day
• Ireland: National Herb Week (May 23-29, 2021) An annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. [Irish Register of Herbalists]
On this day in:
1707 Carolus Linnaeus was born. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the 2 name or binomial system for defining and naming plants.
1725 Robert Bakewell was born (died, October 1, 1795). Bakewell was an agriculturalist who helped revolutionize cattle and sheep breeding in England. He obtained the best animals he could find and then worked with a closed herd, inbreeding only superior animals.
1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.
1788 South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
(S. Carolina Food Trivia)
1820 James Buchanan Eads was born (died March 8, 1887). Created special boats and a diving bell for salvaging goods from sunken riverboats on the Mississippi river. He also created a jetty system on the Mississippi for New Orleans which used the river's flow to cut its channel deeper enabling year round navigation.
1868 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, died. His last words were supposedly "Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."
1911 The New York Public Library, the largest marble structure ever constructed in United States, was officially dedicated by President William Howard Taft. The beaux-arts building, located on Fifth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Streets, cost $9 million and took 14 years to complete.
1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.
1933 Max Wasserberg of Brooklyn, New York received a patent for a Collapsible Beach and Lawn Chair.
1939 William Underwood Company registered "Underwood" trademark for canned deviled ham.
1950 Frederick M. Jones was issued U.S. patent No. 2,509,099 for a "System for controlling the operation of refrigeration units".
1960 Georges Claude died (born Sept 24, 1970). A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.
1968 'Yummy, Yummy, Yummy' by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.
2016 Archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old brewery in the Central Plain of China. It is the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in China. Residue from inside the uncovered pots and funnels included a mix of fermented grains: broomcorn millet, barley and Job's tears, a chewy Asian grain also known as Chinese pearl barley. The beer 'recipe' also called for tubers, which were added to sweeten and flavor the beer. (As reported in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences'). Beer Trivia & Facts
2020 Coronavirus: The Minnesota State Fair is canceled for 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic; Many states open beaches for Memorial Day weekend; Coronavirus still causing problems at meat and poultry plants.