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NOVEMBER 5 - Today in Food History

• National Doughnut Day (see also 1st Fri in June)
National Men Make Dinner Day (2015)

UK: British Sausage Week (Nov 2-8, 2015))
UK: National School Meals Week (Nov 2-6, 2015)
National Fig Week (Nov 1-7, 2015)

On this day in:

1714 Bernardino Ramazzini died. An Italian physician, he was the first to note the relationship between worker’s illnesses and their work environment. Considered the founder of occupational medicine.

1854 Paul Sabatier was born. Organic chemist who researched catalytic organic synthesis. The margarine, oil hydrogenation and methanol industries grew out of his research.

1889 Wyoming voters approved the first constitution in the world granting full voting rights to women.
(see also: Dec 10, 1869)

1893 Raymond Loewy was born. An American design engineer, he designed the Coca Cola bottle, the 1934 Sears Coldspot refrigerator, toothbrushes, etc.

1930 Christiaan Eijkman died (born Aug 11, 1858).  A Dutch physician who discovered that beriberi was caused by a poor diet (a lack of vitamin B1), which eventually led to the discovery of vitamins.

1943 'Chef Tell' (Friedman Paul Erhardt) was born (died Oct 26, 2007).  A European trained chef, one of the earliest celebrity TV chefs. He made appearances on Saturday Night Live, numerous talk shows, the PBS show 'In the Kitchen With Chef Tell' and was the inspiration for the Muppet's 'Swedish Chef.' He was also a restaurant owner, cookbook author & culinary educator.

1946 Musician Gram Parsons was born. Member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

1963 Viking ruins were found by archaeologists in Newfoundland, dated to about the year 1,000. Leif Ericson had landed at 'Vinland' - 500 years before Columbus 'discovered' the New World.

1977 Guy Lombardo died. Famed band leader of the Royal Canadians, a musical fixture on New Year's Eve for decades. Known as 'Mr. New Years Eve'

1990 Raymond Oliver died (born 1909). One of the great chefs of postwar France. Chef and owner of the famous Le Grand Véfour restaurant in Paris.

2000 David Ross Brower died. Brower was the founder of many environmental organizations including the Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute.

2013 Charles 'Charlie' Trotter died (born Sept 8, 1959).  Famed American chef and restaurateur. His eponymous Chicago restaurant (opened in 1987) was recognized as one of the finest in the world. He was also host of the PBS cooking show 'Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter' and the author of 14 cookbooks.


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