NOVEMBER 22 - Today in Food History
• THANKSGIVING DAY (2018). The first national Thanksgiving Day, proclaimed by President George Washington, was celebrated on Nov. 26, 1789, the LAST Thursday of the month.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an Official Annual Holiday to be commemorated on the LAST Thursday in November.
In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving from the LAST Thursday in November to the THIRD Thursday (the last Thursday, usually the 4th but occasionally a 5th Thursday, was thought to be too close to Christmas holidays).
Three years later, in December 1941, a joint session of Congress changed it to the FOURTH Thursday in November (in part because not all states complied with Roosevelt's choice).
• National Cranberry Relish Day (Cranberry Relish Recipe)
• St. Cecilia, patron of musicians and poets.
• National Family Week (Nov 18-24, 2018 - Thanksgiving Week) Organizations have promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years. National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.
On this day in:
1808 Thomas Cook was born. In 1841 Cook hired a special excursion train between Leicester and Loughborough in England for a temperance meeting. The beginning of Thomas Cook & Son, the worldwide travel agency.
1862 Dr. Alexander P. Anderson was born. He developed Puffed Rice in NYC in 1902, which was introduced to the world at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.
(Breakfast Cereal Trivia -- Rice Trivia & Facts)
1896 George Washington Ferris died (born Feb 14,1859). He developed the first Ferris Wheel for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois (1893). [See also May 1]
1917 Dental surgeons rejoiced. The National Hockey League was officially formed in Montreal, Canada.
1938 'Jelly Roll Blues' was recorded by Bunny Berigan and his orchestra.
1941 The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences released the first Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), listing specific recommended intakes for calories and nine essential nutrients - protein, iron, calcium, vitamins A and D, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
1967 Arlo Guthrie's ballad/song 'Alice's Restaurant' was released. (see also Nov 28, 1965)
1983 Maytag built its last wringer-washing machine, a Master Model E. It had been introduced in 1939. (The October 12 date sometimes listed is incorrect - reference: todayinsci.com)
1992 Actor Sterling Holloway died. He was also the voice of Winnie The Pooh, the honey loving bear in Disney's animated version.
2008 The Yellow River Conservancy Committee reported that one-third of the Yellow River in northern China, was heavily polluted and was unsafe for any use.
2013 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' opened in U.S theatres.
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