MAY 24 - Today in Food History
• National Escargot Day (Escargot Trivia & Facts)
• Ireland: National Herb Week (May 20-26, 2020) An annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. [Irish Register of Herbalists]
On this day in:
1686 Gabriel Fahrenheit was born (died Sept 16, 1736). Fahrenheit was a German physicist who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale thermometer. It was the first thermometer to use mercury instead of alcohol, which also extended the temperature range of thermometers.
1830 The nursery rhyme 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' by Sarah Josepha Hale was first published.
(see also April 30, 1879)
1883 Gabriel Gustav Valentin died. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice.
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge between Brooklyn and Manhattan was opened. It took 14 years to build at a cost of $18 million, and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time.
1893 The Anti-Saloon League was founded by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, Ohio. (Prohibition Trivia)
1893 Newfoundland, Canada bans fishermen from killing seals on Sundays.
1911 The NY Public Library opened to the public. (see also May 23, 1911)
1929 The first Marx Brothers film, 'Cocoanuts' premiered
1931 The B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Railroad passenger train the 'Columbian' between Jersey City, New Jersey and Washington D.C. began service as the first fully air conditioned passenger train.
1941 Robert Allen Zimmerman was born. (He legally changed his name to Bob Dylan in 1962).
1945 The first Food-O-Mat was installed in a Grand Union Company store in New Jersey
1976 In Paris, two California wines won top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France's wine experts. The French were shocked, and the wine world was changed forever. (North American Wine Articles)
2007 Kelly Jo Dowd died. She was one of the original 'Hooters' Girls' at the first Hooters' restaurant which opened in 1983 in Clearwater Florida.
2020 Coronavirus: Memorial Day weekend travel down dramatically so far; With restaurants closed rats are searching for food sources other than restaurant dumpsters and may even exhibit aggressive behavior; U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,666,825 with over 98,680 deaths; Global cases more than 5,403,975 with over 343,975 deaths.