Today in Food History
• National Creme de Menthe Day
• National Linguini Day
(Pasta Trivia & Facts -- Linguini Recipes)
• National Cheese Toast Day ?
• National Double Cheeseburger Day ?? (Burger Trivia)
• St. Catherine of Genoa, patron of brides.
• National Farm Safety & Health Week (Sept 15-21, 2019) [Nat'l Education Ctr for Agricultural Safety]
• Canada: [National Organic Week] (Sept 9-15, 2019) The largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across Canada.
• [Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight] (Aug 31-Sept 15, 2019) A nationwide event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. (Food Festivals in Scotland)
On this day in:
1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died at age 24 after being hit by a locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Jumbo was supposedly 12 feet tall at the time of his death.
1885 Constantin Fahlberg received U.S. patent No. 326,281 for the artificial sweetener Saccharine.
(see also Feb 27, 1879). (Saccharin Facts & Trivia)
1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured the first adding machine with a printer.
1904 The first U.S. weather balloon was launched in St. Louis, Missouri.
1949 'The Lone Ranger' debuted on ABC-TV, sponsored by General Mills. The company began sponsoring the Lone Ranger radio broadcast in 1941 (with 'Cheerios') and continued its ties until the last television episode aired in 1957. (Cheerios Trivia & Facts)
1962 The Four Seasons ‘Sherry’ hits number 1 on the charts.
1965 ‘Green Acres’ TV comedy debuted, starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. A New York City couple move to a ramshackle farm in Hooterville.
1971 Greenpeace environmental organization was founded by Irving and Dorothy Stowe.
1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.
(Ketchup Trivia & Facts -- Ketchup Recipes)
1995 Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.
2011 Research from the [University of Cambridge] shows that fluctuations of serotonin levels in the brain, which often occur when someone hasn’t eaten or is stressed, affects brain regions that enable people to regulate anger.