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 TIMELINE: 50,000 B.C. to 1 B.C    1 AD to 1199    1200 to 1399    1400 to '99    1500 to '50    1551 to '99    1600 to '25    1626 to '50    1651 to '75    1676 to '99    1700 to '19    1720 to '39    1740 to '49    1750 to '59    1760 to '69    1770 to '79    1780 to '84    1785 to '89    1790 to '94    1795 to '99    1800 to '05    1806 to '10    1811 to '19    1820 to '24    1825 to '30    1831 to '35    1836 to '40    1841 to '45    1846 to '49    1850 to '54    1855 to '59    1860 to '64    1865 to '69    1870 to '74    1875 to '79    1880 to '84    1885 to '89    1890 to '94    1895 to '99    1900 to '05    1906 to '10    1911 to '15    1916 to '20    1921 to '25    1926 to '30    1931 to '35    1936 to '40    1941 to '45    1946 to '50    1951 to '55    1956 to '60    1961 to '65    1966 to '70    1971 to '75    1976 to '80    1981 to '85    1986 to '90    1991 to 1995    1996 to 2000    2001 to 2005    2006 to 2014

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1 AD to 1199          -   

23 AD Pliny The Elder was born. Roman author of the 37 volume 'Natural History'. It was a digest and compilation of over 2,000 ancient books from nearly 500 authors. He included material whether it was accurate or not, thus leaving an invaluable record of ancient theories on subjects ranging from astronomy to zoology.

54 AD Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, Emperor of Rome A.D. 41-54, died. Known as Claudius I, supposedly he was poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina, after her son Nero was named as his heir.

79 AD Pliny The Elder Died. (see 23 AD)

100 AD The world's oldest surviving cookbook, De Re Coquinaria ("On Cookery"), is attributed to the 1st century Roman, Apicius.

100 AD The first mechanical dough mixer was supposedly invented in the 1st century AD by Marcus Virgilius Euryasaces, a freed slave. It 'consisted of a large stone basin in which wooden paddles, powered by a horse or donkey walking in circles, kneaded the dough mixture of flour, leaven, and water.' (Encyclopedia Brittanica)

2nd Century A.D. Athenaeus, a Greek gourmet, writes 'Deipnosophistai' (‘The Learned Banquet’). A dialogue between two banqueters who discuss food and recipes over a period of several days.

336 The first recorded celebration of Christmas on December 25.

408 The Visigoths attacked Rome and demanded 3,000 pounds of pepper as part of the city's ransom.

450 The Chinese invented the wheelbarrow by this date.

461 AD Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and the 'Apostle of Ireland' died. (The year is uncertain).

536 AD A dust fog blankets the earth for almost 2 years, temperatures plummet worldwide and crops fail causing a global famine. The cause is now thought to be an impact from a comet.

742 Charlemagne was born. Charlemagne, Charles I, Charles the Great, King of the Franks, Charles le Grand, Carolus Magnus, Karl Der Grosse, King of the Lombards, master of Western Europe, Emperor.
Some of the food related 'facts' I have come across related to Charlemagne:
• the peacock was first served in Europe during his reign; • Sauerbraten was invented by Charlemagne
• Roquefort cheese was a favorite of his
• the knife began to be used to eat food for the first time during his reign (rather than the fingers)
• Roses were used to cover tables for meals.
I have no real corroboration for any of these 'facts'.

800 Coffee beans are being consumed in various ways in North Africa, but are not yet used to brew a beverage.

812 Charlemagne ordered imperial farms in Germany to grow anise, fennel, and fenugreek.

814 Charlemagne died. (see 742)

900 Fish are being farmed raised in China

1000 Roasted coffee beans are now being brewed to make coffee in Arabia.

1100 People began farming in small population groups near Red Wing, Minnesota.

1135 King Henry I of England (1068-1135) died, supposedly from indigestion caused by eating moray eel.

1137 Louis VI "The Fat" died. (King of France).





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