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DECEMBER 28 - Today in Food History

- Eat Vegetarian Day
- National Chocolate Day
- Brobdingnagian Proboscis Day (see 1897 below)
 

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1763 John Molson was born (died Jan 11, 1836).He founded Molson Brewery, Montreal, Canada.

1814 Sir John Bennet Lawes was born (died Aug 31, 1900).  English agronomist, he developed a superphosphate that marked the beginnings of the artificial fertilizer industry.

1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.

1886 Josephine Garis Cochran patented the first commercially successful dish washing machine.  It became a huge hit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.   Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

1897 Edmond Rostand's romantic, dramatic play 'Cyarano de Bergerac' premiers in Paris.  A unique combination of love, swordplay, comedy, pathos and proboscis.

1943 Keith Floyd was born (died Sept 14, 2009). British celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and cooking show host. (Official website: Floyd Online)

1968 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye was number one on the music charts.
 

 

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