It is also the birthday of such luminaries as Herman Finkers, a Dutch cabaret star, and Michael Dorn who played Worf in Star Trek the Next Generation and, for a former Chicago Bears fan like me, the important Dick Butkus, according to this web site. Not to mention, according to the same website, Douglas Fairbanks and Beau Bridges and Kirk Douglas and Emmett Kelly and. . . to get back to food, Clarence Birdseye, born in 1886. Another website says Dame Judi Dench was born December 9, 1934 and Felicity Huffman on December 9, 1962. . Hurrah. And yes, december 9, 2008 is the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton. Huzzah. Paradise Lost? Paradise Regained?
Less cheerfully, December 9 is also the death date of such fascinating people as Mary Leakey (1996), Roy Orbison (1988), Leon Jaworski (yep., the chap who was the special prosecutor for Watergate in 1982), and others. (See this web site)
What else? On this date in history, the Florida recount was halted - and an election stolen, in 2000; a five meter meteor passed within 100,000 kilometers of earth (in 1994); and, in 1985, Phoenix Arizona got 3 inches of snow. If you are watching bailouts of various sorts and thinking this is new, just think of December 9, 1975, when Gerald Ford bailed out New York City with a $2.3 billion loan.
To get back to food, it was indeed December 9 1983 when Attorney General Ed Meese said people go to soup kitchens "... because food is free and that's easier than paying for it." (For more exciting events in history, click here.)
And, even more crucially, click here, where I have finally found it all -- December 9 events in food history. Google. A miracle. A drug.