December 12 – National Ambrosia Day
Today’s Food History
National Popcorn String Day
1900 Maria Telkes was born. A Hungarian born American biophysicist & chemist, she was a pioneer in using solar energy in heating applications. Among other things, she developed a solar heated sea water distillation system and a solar powdered stove.
1925 The first motel opens, the Milestone Motel in San Luis Obispo, California, built by architect Arthur Hienemen.
1929 Charles Goodnight died. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s or 1860s, with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.
1945 Alan Ward of the music group ‘The Honeycombs’ was born.
1967 The movie ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ premiered, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn.
1989 Leona Helmsley of Helmsley Hotels, was fined $7 million and sentenced to 4 years in jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. Frequently known as ‘The Queen of Mean’ and ‘The Queen of Greed.’ Quote: “Only little people pay taxes.”
2012 ‘Y12’ – The end of the Long Count Maya Calendar Cycle (5,125.37 years). The End of the World; the beginning of a new enlightened age; or just another Wednesday afternoon? Take your pick.
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