NOVEMBER 29 - Today in Food History
• National Chocolates Day ?
• Throw Out Your Leftovers Day
• National Family Week (Nov 23-29, 2014)
• UK: National Tree Week (Nov 29-Dec 7, 2014)
On this day in:
1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
1915 On Santa Catalina Island off California, a fire burned half of the buildings, including six hotels and several clubs.
1933 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania).
1948 The children's show, 'Kukla, Fran and Ollie' premiered on NBC TV.
1952 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
1965 At 11 p.m. 17 year-old Dale Cummings began his record setting 14,118 consecutive sit-ups, finishing at 11 a.m. the following morning. Drinking only orange juice and ice water, he lost 8 pounds during the ordeal.
(see new record Dec 23, 1972)
1968 The Who release 'The Who Sell Out.' One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
1977 Apple Computer, Inc. registered the 'Apple' trademark (for computers and computer programs).
1991 A dust storm causes a massive pileup of more than 100 vehicles in Coalinga, California. 17 people lost their lives and 150 more suffered serious injuries
1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.