DECEMBER 11 - Today in Food History
• National Noodle-Ring Day
• St. Gentian's Day, patron of innkeepers.
• National Handwashing Awareness Week
(Dec 7-13, 2014)
On this day in:
1686 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, died. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.
1844 Nitrous oxide used in first successful surgical operation under anaesthetic. In Harford, Connecticut Dr. John M. Riggs extracted a tooth from fellow dentist Dr. Horace Wells.
1874 James Lewis Kraft was born. Founder of Kraft Co. a wholesale cheese distributor and producer. In 1916 he patented pasteurized process cheese, a low cost cheese that would not spoil. Not a great hit with the public, but the U.S. army purchased over 6 million tins of it during WW I. During the depression, it became popular because of its low cost.
1889 Walter Knott was born (died Dec 3, 1981). Co-founder, with his wife Cordellia, of Knott's Berry Farm in California. Their farm evolved from growing and selling berries from a roadside stand into the oldest and one of the largest theme amusement parks in the U.S.
1916 In Canada, Saskatchewan votes to abolish liquor stores.
1919 The citizens of Enterprise, Alabama, erected a monument to the boll weevil, the pest that devastated their fields but forced residents to end their dependence on cotton and to pursue mixed farming and manufacturing.
1940 David Gates of the music group 'Bread' was born.
1946 UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was established.
1952 Sir William Cecil Dampier died (born Dec 27, 1867). British scientist, he developed a method to extract lactose (milk sugar) from whey.
1969 Sergei Mikhailkov, the secretary of the Moscow writer's union declares that nudity in the popular play ‘Oh! Calcutta!’ is a sign of decadence in Western culture.
1997 The Kyoto Protocol was adopted by more than 150 countries at the global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions.
2009 The movie 'The Slammin' Salmon' premiered in the U.S. The owner of a Miami restaurant owing money to the mob, holds a contest to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night.