DECEMBER 9 - Today in Food History

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1793 New York City's daily newspaper, 'The American Minerva' was established.

Joseph Bramah died. An English engineer, among his many inventions was a beer engine, used to deliver beer from keg to glass without artificial carbonation being added. (Beer Trivia & Facts)

1868 Fritz Haber was born (died Jan 29, 1934). German chemist, he developed a method of synthesizing ammonia directly from nitrogen and hydrogen (1909). This led to large-scale commercial  production of nitrogen fertilizer.

1886 Clarence Birdseye was born in Brooklyn, New York.  In 1924, Clarence Birdseye, with the financial backing of Wetmore Hodges, William Gamage, Basset Jones, I.L. Rice and J.J. Barry, organized the General Seafood Corporation.  The birth of the frozen food industry.(Birdseye Trivia  --  Frozen Food Trivia)

1907 Christmas seals go on sale for the first time. The proceeds went to fight tuberculosis.

1927 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue' was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

1935 Lafayette Benedict Mendel died.  An American biochemist who published various papers on nutrition.  His work on vitamins and proteins helped establish modern standards of nutrition.

1965 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' premiered on CBS TV.

1967 The Cunard lines 1,000 ft, 81,000 ton passenger ship the Queen Mary, launched in 1936, arrived in Long Beach, California to begin its new roll as a museum, hotel and conference center.

1983 White House Counselor (later Attorney General) Edwin Messe says: "I don't know of any authoritative figures that there are hungry children.....We've had considerable evidence that people go to soup kitchens because the food is free and that's easier than paying for it."

1993 On the TV show 'Seinfield,' Kramer came up with the idea to write a coffee table book about coffee tables.

1997 Karl August Folkers died.  He was the first to isolate vitamin B12.



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