1920 - Born in Sunflower, Mississippi on the 4th of September.
1957 - He worked his way up in the food publishing business in New York as a contributor to Gourmet Magazine, a food products publicist and finally food editor of the New York Times.
- One of the most famous episodes in Claiborne's career occurred when he placed a $300 winning bid at a charity auction for a no price-limit dinner for two at any restaurant of the winner's choice, sponsored by the American Express company.
1982 - His autobiography, A Feast Made for Laughter, Claiborne described a bizarre, almost Faulknerian, childhood and adolescence in small-town Mississippi where he was mocked by schoolmates for his meek temperament and dislike of sports and had explicit sexual contact with his own father on at least one occasion.
2000 - Claiborne, who suffered from a variety of health problems in his later years, died at age 79 on the 22nd of January. In his will, he bequeathed his estate to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
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