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DECEMBER 3 - Today in Food History

• National Peppermint Latte Day

• National Green Bean Casserole Day
  (Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe)

• [National Handwashing Awareness Week]
  (Dec 3-9, 2023)

• Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7 ?)

UK: [National Tree Week]  (Nov 25-Dec 3, 2023)

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1368 Charles VI of France was born. It was during Charles VI rule that Taillevent was made Master of the King's kitchens. Charles VI also gave sole rights for the aging of Roquefort cheese to the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, and all Roquefort must still be aged in the caves there today. (Roquefort Cheese Trivia)

1818 Illinois became the 21st State.
(Illinois Food Facts & Trivia)

1838 Cleveland Abbe was born. Abbe was an astronomer and meteorologist, and is considered the "father of the U.S. Weather Bureau." The Weather Bureau (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress in 1870.

1842 Charles A. Pillsbury, flour magnate, was born in New Hampshire (died Sept 17, 1899).

1842 Ellen Swallow Richards was born. She was one of the founders of the home economics movement in the U.S.

1901 King Camp Gillette applied for a patent on his disposable razor. (patent No. 775,134 issued Nov 15, 1904).

1910 George Claude first demonstrated his new invention, the neon light, at the Paris Motor Show.

1926 Charles Ringling died (born Dec 2, 1863).  American circus owner (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus).

1967 The 20th Century Limited luxury train completed its last run from New York City to Chicago, Illinois.

1981 Walter Knott died (born Dec 11, 1889). Co-founder, with his wife Cordellia, of Knott's Berry Farm in California.

1984 The world's worst industrial disaster occurred in Bhopal, India. Over 40 tons of poisonous gas leaked out of a Union carbide pesticide factory. About 3,800 were killed and over 300,000 people suffered acute respiratory problems, burning eyes and vomiting. Thousands more died over the next few weeks.

2013 Detroit, Michigan officially becomes the largest city in U.S. history to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy.


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