Today in Food History
- National Irish Coffee Day
- Healthy Weight Week (Jan 19-25, 2014)
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1759 Robert Burns was born (died July 21, 1796). Scottish poet, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. His poem 'Auld Lang Syne,' set to the tune of a traditional folk song, is traditionally sung at midnight to celebrate the start of the New Year.
1799 Eliakim Spooner of Vermont patented a gravity feed seed planting machine. It was not until 1840 that a truly practical seed planting machine was developed.
1874 British author, W. Somerset Maugham was born. Among the titles of his novels and short stories are: 'Cakes and Ale', 'The Alien Corn' and 'The Breadwinner.'
1945 Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water, to reduce tooth decay.
1969 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye was number one on the music charts.