Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1782 Andreas Sigismund Marggraf died.  A German chemist who discovered beet sugar, which led to the development of the modern sugar industry.

In 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion.  Protesting the 1791 federal tax on distilled spirits a large gathering of rebels in western Pennsylvania burned the regional tax inspectors home.  President Washington ordered 13,000 troops to the area, but opposition disappeared.

In 1925 M.S. Swaminathan was born.  Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and a leading figure in India’s Green Revolution, which distributed high yield wheat and rice varieties to poor farmers.

In 1932 Jenny Craig was born. Founder, with her husband Sidney Craig, of the Jenny Craig chain of weight loss centers.

In 2009 The movie Julie & Julia opened in U.S. theatres. The story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession, intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book.

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