MAY 25 - Today in Food History
• Memorial Day (last Mon - May 25, 2020) Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died during military service
• National Wine Day (Wine Trivia -- Wine Articles)
• National Brown Bag It Day - Pack your own lunch today
• Ireland: National Herb Week (May 20-26, 2020) An annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. [Irish Register of Herbalists]
• UK: British Tomato Fortnight: May 25-June 7, 2020
[British Tomato Growers’ Association]
(Tomato Trivia --- Tomato Recipes)
• UK: National BBQ Week (May 25-31, 2020)
(BBQ Articles & Recipes -- Barbecue Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1789 Anders Dahl died. A renowned Swedish botanist, the Dahlia flower was named for him.
1877 Minnesota's $1.00 per bushel bounty on grasshopper eggs expires. The state had experienced a 4 year grasshopper (locust) plague.
(Grasshopper Trivia -- Minnesota Food Trivia & Facts)
1882 The first frozen mutton from New Zealand arrived in Britain. (New Zealand Food Trivia -- Mutton Trivia)
1918 H. David Dalquist, the creator of the aluminum Bundt Pan in 1950, was born (died Jan 2, 2005).
(Prize Winning Bundt Recipe)
1935 Babe Ruth hit the final home run of his career, number 714, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1973 Wrexham Asda supermarket opened in the U.K.
(Supermarket Trivia & Facts)
1986 Six million Americans participate in ‘Hand Across America’ by holding hands and singing across 4,150 miles of road in support of the hungry and homeless.
1990 Actor Vic Tayback died. He played diner owner Mel Sharples in the TV sitcom 'Alice' from 1976-1985.
2007 Coca Cola created a 3,000 gallon, 15 foot high ice cream float with Vanilla Coke and ice cream, and set a new world record for the largest ice cream float. The float was certified as drinkable by health inspectors, but it was disposed of by a garbage company. Coke also held the previous record from 1998 with a 2,085 gallon float. (Coca Cola Trivia & Facts)
2008 J.R. Simplot died (born Jan 4, 1909). Founder of J.R. Simplot Company in 1929 in Idaho. specializing in potato products (in 2005 it supplied more than 50% of McDonald's french fries). (French Fry Trivia)
2020 Coronavirus: U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 1,686,435 with over 99,300 deaths; Global cases more than 5,500,675 with over 346,720 deaths.