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DECEMBER 20 - Today in Food History

• National Sangria Day
• St. Dominic of Silos' Day, patron of shepherds

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

On this day in:

1790 A water-powered mill with machinery for spinning, roving, and carding cotton, began operating on the banks of the Blackstone River in Pawtuket, Rhode Island.

1803 The Louisiana Purchase was completed as France turned over New Orleans, and the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles of territory from France. The Louisiana territory included all or part of 15 U.S. states. (A formal ceremony was held March 10, 1804)

1880 In New York City, Charles F. Brush lighted up Broadway with his arc lights, giving the street its nickname, 'The Great White Way.'

1922 David Tallichet, founder of Specialty Restaurants Corp, was born (died Oct 31, 2007).  A former WW II pilot, many of the restaurants have aviation themes, or are located on prime waterfront or hilltop properties. (I was Executive Chef at one of his restaurants, 'Britanny Hill' in Denver, Colorado in the 1980s - Chef James)

1928 Harry Ramsden opened what would become the most famous fish and chips restaurant in the world.

1928 Mail delivery by dog sled began from Lewiston, Maine, arriving in Montreal Canada on January 14, 1929.

1946 Uri Geller, spoon bender, was born.

1952 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.

1968 John Steinbeck died.  American novelist, some of his titles were:  'The Grapes of Wrath,' 'Tortilla Flats' and 'Cannery Row.'
 

 

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