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NOVEMBER 13 - Today in Food History

• National Indian Pudding Day
• St. Diego Alacala's Day, patron of cooks.

• National Split Pea Soup Week (Nov 9-15, 2014)
   [National Pulse Growers]
• Australia: Recycling Week (Nov 10-16, 2014)

On this day in:

1710 Charles-Somon Favart was born in Paris, France. A French playwright and pastry cook.

1805 Supposedly, Johann George Lehner, a German butcher from Frankfurt living in Vienna, Austria, created a beef and pork sausage. Called 'Frankfurter' in Austria and elsewhere 'Wiener' (also known as 'Wiener-Frankfurter' and Wienerwurst).  In America it's usually called a 'Hot Dog.'

1893 Edward Adelbert Doisy was born (died Oct 23, 1986).  American biochemist who shared (with Henrik Dam) the 1943 Nobel Prize for Medicine for the isolation and synthesis of vitamin K.

1895 The first shipment of canned pineapple left Hawaii.

1927 The Holland Tunnel opened - the first Hudson River automobile tunnel from New York City to New Jersey. (Port Authority of NY & NJ)

1930 The Rotolactor was developed by the Walker-Gordon Dairy. It was a 50 stall revolving milking platform that could mechanically milk over 1,500 cows in seven hours.

1930 The play 'Grand Hotel' opened in New York City.  In 1932 the film version won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

1933 One of the first sit-down strikes began. It took place at the Hormel packing plant in Austin, Minnesota.

1946 Vincent Joseph Schaefer produced the first artificial snow from a natural cloud today over Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts. At 14,000 feet an airplane seeded the clouds with small particles of dry ice. Snow fell through 3,000 feet but evaporated in the dry air before it reached the ground. (In the same year, for his movie 'It's A Wonderful Life,' Frank Capra developed a new method for making fake snow using 'foamite' (used in fire extinguishers) mixed with sugar and water (some say soap flakes).

1967 Clementine Paddleford died (born Sept 27, 1898).  American cookbook author and food columnist for numerous publications including NY Herald Tribune, NY Sun, NY Telegram; Gourmet and This Week magazines.


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