DECEMBER 18 - Today in Food History

• National Roast Suckling Pig Day
  (Pig Trivia & Facts  --  Pork Recipes)

• National Bake Cookies Day (Cookie Recipes)

• Dec 17-23: Saturnalia - Ancient Roman festival honoring Saturn, the god of agriculture and harvest.

On this day in:

1787 New Jersey is the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. (New Jersey Food Trivia  --  Festivals)

1796 The first Sunday newspaper in the U.S. was published in Baltimore, Maryland, the Sunday Monitor.

1829 Jean-Baptiste-Pierre-Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck died.  A French naturalist, he believed in the inheritance of acquired traits.  He was the first to draw an evolutionary diagram.  Some of his ideas influenced Darwin.

1883 Walter D. Teague was born (died Dec 5, 1960). A pioneering industrial designer, he designed Steuben glassware, cameras for Kodak and Polaroid and Texaco gas stations.

1895 The Anti-Saloon League's of Ohio and Washington D.C. joined to form the National Anti-Saloon League (later, the Anti-Saloon League of America).

1901 In Saskatchewan, Canada the Territorial Grain Growers' Association was founded (later the Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association).

1935 Jacques Pépin was born. Well known award winning French Chef, prolific cookbook author and host of numerous TV cooking shows, including the PBS series with Julia Child, 'Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home.'

1965 'Taste Of Honey' by Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass is #1 on the charts.

1982 'Maneater' by Daryl Hall and John Oates was #1 on the music charts.

1988 Pillsbury Co. is acquired by the British company Grand Metropolitan PLC, a food and spirits conglomerate.

1988 Quebec, Canada requires French only on outside signs in Quebec.

1991 The 'International Project to Save the Brazilian Rainforests' was launched.


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