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DECEMBER 4 - Today in Food History

• National Cookie Day
• St. Barbara, patron of brewers, hatters, sailors, and storms.

• Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7, 2015)
• UK: National Tree Week (Nov 28-Dec 6, 2015)

On this day in:

1619 Thirty-eight colonists arrived from England and ventured ashore to settle the land grant along the James River that became known as the Berkeley Hundred (Berkeley Plantation). They observed a prayer of Thanksgiving for their safe passage to the New World.  December 4 became a day of Thanksgiving at Berkeley, "yearly and perpetually kept holy" as the plantation charter directed.

1783 General George Washington bid farewell to the officers of the victorious Continental Army in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern on the corner of Pearl and Broad streets in New York City, across the Bowling Green from the Whitehall Ferry landing.  There, a barge waited to carry Washington across the Hudson River to New Jersey and then to Annapolis to resign his commission.

1812 Peter Gaillard of Pennsylvania received a patent for a horse drawn mowing machine.

1858 Chester Greenwood was born in Farmington, Maine (died July 5, 1937).  He invented and patented the earmuff while still a teenager (U.S. patent No. 188,292 - March 13, 1877). He also patented many other inventions including a tea kettle and a steel tined rack. In 1977 Maine designated December 21 as Chester Greenwood Day.

1860 George A. Hormel was born (died June 5, 1946).  Founder of meat packing company, George A. Hormel & Co. (Hormel Foods) in Austin, Minnesota in 1891.  Developed the first canned ham in 1926, introduced 'Spam' in 1937.

1864 John Fowler died. An English Engineer, he invented the steam-hauled plow and several other special use plows.

1867 Patrons of Husbandry, later known as the National Grange, organized by USDA employee. It was the first organized agricultural movement in the U.S.

1893 John Tyndall died (born Aug 2, 1820). British physicist. He is popularly remembered as the first to explain why the sky is blue (atmospheric molecules preferentially scatter the sun's blue rays).

1942 Chris Hillman of the music group 'Flying Burrito Brothers' was born.

1942 Bob Mosley of the music group 'Moby Grape' was born.

1970 Cesar Chavez was jailed in California for refusing to cancel a United Farm Workers lettuce boycott.

1973 Alfred C. Fuller died (born Jan 13, 1885). Canadian-born American businessman, founder of the Fuller Brush Company in 1906 in Hartford, Connecticut.

2012 Pizza Hut Canada produced 110 bottles of 'Eau de Pizza Hut' perfume to commemorate reaching 100,000 Facebook fans.


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