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December 10 – National Lager Day

Posted on December 10, 2012


National Lager Day

Today’s Food History

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1851 Melvil Dewey was born. He created the Dewey Decimal Classification system for cataloging library books.

1877 Dr. Jared Kirtland died. A physician, naturalist, botanist and teacher, he is credited with developing 26 varieties of cherries and six varieties of pears.

1947 Walter Orange of the music group ‘The Commodores’ was born.

1958 A National Airlines Boeing 707 with 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami. It was the first domestic passenger jet flight.

December 9 – National Pastry Day

Posted on December 9, 2012

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National Pastry Day

Today’s Food History

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1814 Joseph Bramah died. An English engineer, among his many inventions was a beer engine, used to deliver beer from keg to glass without artificial carbonation being added.

1886 Clarence Birdseye was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1924, Clarence Birdseye, with the financial backing of Wetmore Hodges, William Gamage, Basset Jones, I.L. Rice and J.J. Barry, organized the General Seafood Corporation. The birth of the frozen food industry.

1927 ‘Struttin’ With Some Barbecue’ was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

1935 Lafayette Benedict Mendel died. An American biochemist who published various papers on nutrition. His work on vitamins and proteins helped establish modern standards of nutrition.

1993 On the TV show ‘Seinfield,’ Kramer came up with the idea to write a coffee table book about coffee tables.

1997 Karl August Folkers died. He was the first to isolate vitamin B12.

December 8 – National Brownie Day

Posted on December 8, 2012

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National Brownie Day

Today’s Food History

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1765 Eli Whitney was born. Inventor of the cotton gin, but more important he developed the concept of mass producing interchangeable parts.

1896 J.T. White was issued a patent for an improved lemon squeezer.

1925 The Marx Brothers ‘The Cocoanuts’ opened on Broadway.

1976 ‘Hotel California’ was released by The Eagles. One of the best selling albums of all time. (An album is what we had before CDs).

1982 ‘Maneater’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates is #1 on the charts.

2006 A smoking ban in all bars and restaurants in Nevada goes into effect.

December 7 – National Cotton Candy Day

Posted on December 7, 2012

National Cotton Candy Day

Today’s Food History

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1863 Richard Warren Sears was born.  He developed his mail-order jewelry business (1886) into the Sears Roebuck & Company. By 1894 the Sears catalog was 507 pages.

1904 Clarence Nash was born. The original voice of Donald Duck.

1909 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was issued a patent for ‘Bakelite,’ the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves, and distributor caps for car engines are examples.

1926 The Electrolux Servel Corp. received the first U.S. patent for a household refrigerator cooled by a sealed gas refrigerant.

2006 The Hard Rock Cafes and Casinos were purchased by Florida’s Seminole American Indian Tribe.

December 6 – National Gazpacho Day

Posted on December 6, 2012

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National Gazpacho Day

Today’s Food History

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1492 Columbus sighted the island he names Hispaniola (Now consisting of Haiti and the Dominican Republic).

1866 The 2 mile long, 5 foot diameter Chicago Lake Tunnel was completed. It was the first water supply tunnel for a U.S. city.

1872 Felix Archimede Pouchet died. A French naturalist, he was one of those who believed that life was created from nonliving matter in processes such as fermentation and putrefaction. Those flies and maggots, fungi, yeast and bacteria just appeared from nowhere. (He was wrong.)

1877 Thomas A. Edison made the first sound recording “Mary had a little lamb”

1931 Catharine Furbish died. An American botanist, she spent almost 40 years traveling and painting very accurate watercolors of the flora of the state of Maine.

1945 The microwave oven was patented.

2006 An outbreak of illness from the dangerous E. Coli 0157:H7 was reported, with green onions as the suspected cause.  Cases were reported in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, and Utah.

December 5 – National Sacher Torte Day

Posted on December 5, 2012

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National Sacher Torte Day

Today’s Food History

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1624 Gaspard Bauhin died. A Swiss botanist, he developed a binomial (2 name) system of plant classification. He published ‘Pinax Theatri Botanici’, which was a compilation that included over 6,000 species that had appeared in works from Theophrastus, Dioscorides and many later herbals.

1822 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz was born. An American naturalist, cofounder with her husband (Louis Agassiz), of the Anderson school of Natural History. She was also the first president of Radclife College.

1854 Aaron Allen patented a folding chair. Setting up for banquets becomes a whole lot easier.

1855 Clinton Hart Merriam was born. A biologist, he studied the effects of using birds to control agricultural pests. He also helped found the National Geographic Society.

1870 Alexandre Dumas died. French author (‘The Three Musketeers’, etc.) was also well known as a gourmet, and author of ‘Grande Dictionnaire de la cuisine,’ which he finished a just a few weeks before his death in 1870. It was published in 1872.

1876 D.C. Stillson patented the Stillson wrench, the first practical pipe wrench. This was the right handed pipe wrench, I don’t know when the left handed pipe wrench was invented.

1933 Utah and Nevada voted for the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment and ended prohibition, ‘the noble experiment.’ Cheers!

1935 Ernest Brundin and Frank Lyon set up the first commercial scale hydroponic plant culture system. A patent was issued to them on December 1, 1936.

1974 The BBC broadcast the last episode of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus.’

2006 New York became the first U.S. city to ban artificial trans fats in restaurant food when the Board of Health voted to ban them today.  NYC restaurants will have until July to stop using frying oils with artery clogging trans fats, and will have to eliminate trans fats from all foods by July 2008.

December 4 – National Cookie Day

Posted on December 4, 2012

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National Cookie Day

Today’s Food History

1783 At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, General George Washington bids farewell to his officers.

1786 National Grange was founded. It was the first organized agricultural movement in the U.S.

1812 The power mower was patented.

1864 John Fowler died. An English Engineer, he invented the steam-hauled plow and several other special use plows.

1942 Chris Hillman of the music group ‘Flying Burrito Brothers’ was born.

1970 Cesar Chavez was jailed in California for refusing to cancel a United Farm Workers lettuce boycott.

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