• On December 7, 1926, The Electrolux Servel Corp. received the first U.S. patent for a household refrigerator cooled by a sealed gas refrigerant.
  • On December 14, 1943, John Harvey Kellogg died.  A physician, vegetarian and health food pioneer.  He was superintendent of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, where he developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (granola) and toasted flakes.  His brother, William K. Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co. to produce cornflakes.
  • December 21 is National French Fried Shrimp Day.
  • On December 28, 1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.

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