DECEMBER 10 - Today in Food History
• [Terra Madre Day] (always Dec 10) A worldwide celebration organized by Slow Food to reconnect communities with local food.
• National Lager Day (Lager Trivia)
• St. Eulalia, patron of sailors, mariners and rain
• UK: Grouse season ends. [Starts on August 12]
(Grouse Trivia & Facts)
On this day in:
1799 France officially adopts the metric system for weights and measures.
1817 Mississippi became the 20th state.
(Mississippi Food Trivia)
1845 Civil engineer Robert W. Thompson received a British patent for world's first pneumatic tires.
1846 Norbert Rillieux of New Orleans, Louisiana, received U.S. patent No. 4879 for an 'Evaporating Pan,' a vacuum sugar evaporator. The device revolutionized sugar processing, making it more efficient, faster, much safer. (Sugar Trivia and Facts --- Sugar Quotes)
1851 Melvil Dewey was born. He created the Dewey Decimal Classification system for cataloging library books.
1869 John Campbell, governor of the Wyoming Territory, approved the first law in U.S. history explicitly granting women the right to vote. (see also: Nov 5, 1889)
1877 Dr. Jared Kirtland died. A physician, naturalist, botanist and teacher, he is credited with developing 26 varieties of cherries and six varieties of pears.
1884 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (published in U.S. February 1885).
1889 O.C. Barber and J. A. Baughman of Akron, Ohio received a patent for a 'machine for making match sticks.'
1915 Ford Motor Co. produced its 1 millionth automobile.
1923 Prohibition ends in Saskatchewan, Canada.
1941 Coca Cola Company first used the "Coke" trademark. (Coca-Cola Trivia & Facts)
1945 Peter Paul Inc. introduced the Almond Joy candy bar (it sold for ten cents).
1947 Walter Orange of the music group 'The Commodores' was born.
1949 Antoine 'Fats' Domino recorded his first song with Imperial Records, 'The Fat Man.' One of the earliest rock and roll records.
1958 A National Airlines Boeing 707 with 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami. It was the first domestic passenger jet flight.
1964 Robert William Flay (Bobby Flay) was born. Celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, host of numerous TV cooking shows. (www.bobbyflay.com/)
2008 Mexican multinational company Grupo Bimbo acquired Weston Foods Inc., becoming the world's largest bread manufacturing company.