DECEMBER 7 - Today in Food History
• Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan, patron of beekeepers.
• (National Cotton Candy Day is now June 11 - National Confectioners Association)
• Cookie Cutter Week: (Dec 1-7, 2015)
• National Handwashing Awareness Week
(Dec 6-12, 2015)
On this day in:
1863 Richard Warren Sears was born. He developed his mail-order jewelry business (1886) into the Sears Roebuck & Company. By 1894 the Sears catalog was 507 pages.
1879 Charles Lavelle Broley was born (died May 4, 1959). A Canadian banker and ornithologist, he was one of the first to implicate DDT in the declining hatching success of bald eagles, and the environmental dangers of pesticides.
1901 Andre Tchelistcheff born (died April 5, 1994). Tchelistcheff was a Russian-born U.S. enologist, was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition (1919-33) and used his Paris training in viticulture and wine making to pioneer such techniques as cold fermentation and the use of American oak barrels for aging. He was also an authority on the types of soil suitable for growing various grape varieties. Known as the "dean of American winemakers"
1904 Clarence Nash was born. The original voice of Donald Duck.
1909 Leo Hendrik Baekeland was issued a patent for 'Bakelite,' the first plastic that did not soften when heated. Those black plastic knobs on stoves, and distributor caps for car engines are examples.
1913 Aaron Montgomery Ward died (born Feb 17, 1844). Founder of Montgomery Ward & Co. to sell general merchandise by mail order.
1926 The Electrolux Servel Corp. received the first U.S. patent for a household refrigerator cooled by a sealed gas refrigerant.
1942 Harry Chapin was born (died July 16, 1981). American singer-songwriter ('Taxi,' 'Cat's in the Cradle,' etc.). A dedicated humanitarian, a co-founder of the organization World Hunger Year in 1975 and influential in President Jimmy Carter's establishment of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1987 for his humanitarian work.
2006 The Hard Rock Cafes and Casinos were purchased by Florida's Seminole American Indian Tribe.
2009 British TV channel ITV apologized for the death of a rat on its reality show 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' in Australia. Two contestants, Gino D’Acampo and Stuart Manning skinned, cooked and ate the rat during filming, and were later convicted of animal cruelty.