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DECEMBER 2 - Today in Food History

• National Fritters Day
• St. Bibiana's Day, patron against hangovers.

• Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7, 2014)
• UK: National Tree Week (Nov 29-Dec 7, 2014)
   [Tree Council]

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1594 Gerardus Mercator died (born March 5, 1512).  Flemish cartographer who created the 'Mercator' map projection, with parallel lines of latitude and longitude. This was convenient for navigation but land masses appeared increasingly enlarged at the top and bottom.

1863 Charles Ringling was born (died Dec 3, 1926).  American circus owner (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus).

1885 George Richard Minot was born. An American physician, he was one of the developers of a raw-liver diet used to treat pernicious anemia.

1923 Maria Cecilia Sophia Anna Kalogeropoulos was born. Otherwise known as opera diva Maria Callas. She is a passionate recipe collector.

1927 The first Model A Ford was sold for $385. (First produced on Oct, 20, 1927).

1946 The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was established as the decision-making body of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW), "to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry."

1970 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operations. William Ruckelhaus was the first director.

1973 Keith Moon of the rock group The Who smashed a bottle of ketchup against the wall of their hotel room, beginning $6,000 worth of damage to the hotel room and the groups overnight arrest in Montreal, Canada.

1974 Official major league baseballs may now be made from cowhide, rather than just horsehide.

1995 Maria Telkes died. 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 powered stove.

2000 The music group 'The Smashing Pumpkins' play their final concert in Chicago before breaking up.


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