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DECEMBER 22 - Today in Food History

- National Date Nut Bread Day

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

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1850 Constantin Fahlberg was born (died Aug 15, 1910).  Russian chemist, codiscoverer in 1879 (with Ira Remsen) of the artificial sweetener, Saccharin.
(See also Feb 27, 1879).

1882 Edward H. Johnson, vice-president of Thomas Edison's electric company, created the first electric Christmas tree lights. He displayed the walnut-sized bulbs on a large Christmas tree at his home in New York.

1884 John Simpson Chisum died.  An American cattle rancher, in 1867 he blazed the Chisum Trail from Paris, Texas to New Mexico.  He developed the largest cattle herd in the United States.

1885 La Marcus Thompson of Coney Island, New York was issued a second patent for a gravity switchback railway.  This was an improvement on his previous patent issued January 20 the same year.  The "Father of the Gravity Ride" had opened a 600 foot roller coaster the previous year.  Stomachs would never be the same again.

1938 A coelacanth was caught off the coast of South Africa.  The coelacanth is a primitive fish thought to have been extinct for more than 80 million years.  Since then another coelacanth population has been discovered in Indonesia.

1943 Beatrix Potter died.  English author of children's books, her first and most famous story is 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit,' originally written as an illustrated letter to a sick child.

1958 'The Chipmunk Song' by The Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore (David Seville) was #1 on the music charts.

1985 The largest grouper caught with rod and reel weighed over 436 pounds.  It was caught in Destin, Florida.
 

 

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