NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY
Pepper Pot is a thick stew of beef tripe, vegetables, pepper and other seasonings. The origins of the stew are steeped in legend, with one story attributing the dish to Christopher Ludwick, baker general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. According to this story, during the harsh winter of 1777–1778 farmers near Valley Forge sold food to the British rather than accepting the weak continental currency. The Continental Army survived on soup made of tripe, vegetables, and whatever else they could find.
On this day:
1835 – The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
1890 – Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 300 Lakota killed by the United States 7th Cavalry Regiment.
1939 – First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
Born on this day:
1766 – Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and the inventor of waterproof fabric (d. 1843)
1943 – Rick Danko, Canadian singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (d. 1999)
1947 – Richard Crandall, American physicist and computer scientist (d. 2012)
1952 – Gelsey Kirkland, American ballerina and choreographer
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