July 19 – Today’s Food History
National Daquiri Day
Events of July 19
Today’s Food History
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1104 Flitch Day. A married couple who can prove to a mock court with a jury of bachelors and maidens, that they have ‘not wished themselves unwed,’ are awarded a ‘flitch’ of bacon (half a pig). The origins of this custom are in Dunmow, Essex, England, details are not certain, but references to it go back to 1104. It has been a regular civic event in Dunmow since 1855. Now held every 4 years, and frequently televised.
1863 Curtis Fletcher Marbut was born. An American geologist and one of the founders of modern soil science. He was with the U.S. Bureau of Soils for 25 years.
1947 Bernie Leadon of the music group ‘Flying Burrito Brothers’ was born
1996 Mervyn Hugh Cowie died. Cowie was a British wildlife conservationist, founder and director of Kenya’s Royal National Parks.