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2006 to 2015

2006 While a Poultry and Food Science professor at Cornell University from 1949-1989 he developed chicken nuggets (keeping the breading on was the key), turkey ham, poultry hot dogs and many other products. He founded Cornell's Institute of Food Science and Marketing in 1970, and in 2004 was inducted into the American Poultry Hall of Fame.

2006 Chicago banned the sale of foie gras on April 26. (Repealed May 14, 2008).

2006 The U.S. population reached 300 million.

2006 Robert Rich died.  Founder of Rich Products Corp. and creator of the first frozen non-dairy whipped topping from soybean oil.

2006 The movie 'Fast Food Nation' opened in U.S. theatres.

2006 The last Western Union Telegrams are sent. Western Union ended its Telegram service on January 27.

2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th 'Alice in Dairyland' by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.

2006 Krispy Kreme donuts opened its first Asian outlet in Hong Kong.

2006 Sometime during October 2006 the population of the U.S. will reach 300 million.

2006 Six Flags theme park in Gurnee, Illinois held a live cockroach eating contest.

2006 New York became the first U.S. city to ban artificial trans fats in restaurant food when the Board of Health voted to ban them on December 5.  NYC restaurants will have until July 1, 2007 to stop using frying oils with artery clogging trans fats, and will have to eliminate trans fats from all foods by July 1, 2008.

2006 The Hard Rock Cafes and Casinos were purchased by Florida's Seminole American Indian Tribe.

2006 The Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar.

2006 International Year of Deserts & Desertification.

2006 Deep Fried Coca-Cola is offered at the State Fair of Texas.

2006 An outbreak of illness from the dangerous E.Coli 0157:H7 was reported in December, with green onions as the suspected cause. Cases were reported in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, and Utah.

2006 The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was approved by state voters.  It bans smoking in all bars & restaurants & is effective on Dec 8.

2006 Chicago's oldest restaurant, the 107 year old Berghoff Restaurant closed today.

2006 Restaurateur Claude Terrail, owner of La Tour d'Argent in Paris, died at age 88.

2006 The U.S. FDA reported an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7. Fresh spinach is the suspected cause of the outbreak and consumers nationwide were advised not to eat bagged spinach.  Eventually more than 200 people were sickened in 22 states and several deaths were reported.

2006 The New Orleans  landmark restaurant, Commander's Palace, reopened. It had been closed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August, 2005.

2006 New York Times journalist and food writer R.W. Apple died at the age of 71.

2006 A Hong Kong real estate tycoon and his wife paid $160,000 for a 3.3 pound Italian Alba white truffle.

2006 "Fill it up with Cabernet Sauvignon." Due to overproduction and lowering demand for some French wines (especially in Bordeaux), many wine producers had to resort to converting their wines into ethanol fuel for automobiles.

2006 The Four Seasons restaurant in New York raised the price of its Baked Potato with White Truffles to $200, up from last years price of $150.

2006 The Laundry restaurant in East Hampton, New York added a $25 hot dog to its menu. It is made from Wagyu beef.

2006 Wal-Mart is the largest seller of organic milk in the U.S.

2006 A Hong Kong real estate tycoon and his wife paid $160,000 for a 3.3 pound Italian Alba white truffle.

2006 A bar owner in Bethalto, Illinois was charged with violating the liquor code and obscenity laws. The bar filled a children's inflatable pool with mashed potatoes and staged wrestling matches. The violations came about when several of the female 'wrestlers' were rumored to have lost some of their garments to the surrounding carbohydrates.

2006 In the Chicago suburb of Villa Park, thieves stole a semi tractor trailer filled with broccoli. It was valued at $50,000.

2006 Texas Republican state Rep. Betty Brown filed a bill (HCR 15) in the Texas legislature which would declare Athens, Texas as the "original home of the hamburger.  Residents of New Haven, Connecticut strongly objected. (See Louis Lunch)

2006 Comedian Neil Hamburger, performing to hostile crowds on Tenacious D's world tour, would not leave the stage of large venues such as Madison Square Garden until he had gotten the entire audience to chant the phrase “cranberry sauce” several times.

2007 'Blood and Chocolate' opened in U.S. theaters.

2007 Alexander King died Feb 28 (born Jan 26, 1909). Scottish scientist. A pioneer in warning about the dangers to the environment from extensive industrial development.

2007 Ernest Gallo died.  Co-founded E & J Gallo Winery with his brother Julio in 1933. It is the largest winery in the U.S. with about 25% of the U.S. wine market.

2007 Dick Wilson died. Actor who played the role of Mr Whipple in Charmin toilet paper TV commercials - "Please don't squeeze the Charmin."

2007 Momofuku Ando died in Osaka, Japan on January 5. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented 'Instant Ramen' noodles.

2007 Food writer Sharon Tyler Herbst died on January 26. Author of ' The Food Lover's Companion,' 'The Joy of Cookies,' and more than a dozen other books.

2007 Karen Hess, culinary historian, died. Some of her books were 'The Taste of America' (1977) and 'Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection' (1992). She also annotated Mary Randolph's 'Virginia Housewife' (1983).

2007 Bob Evans died. Sausage maker and restaurateur, founder of Bob Evans Restaurants (Bob Evans Farms, Inc).

2007 A Big Mac in the US cost an average $3.41.

2007 The 7 billionth can of Spam was sold in 2007.

2007 On May 3, Jamison Stone, 11 years old, bagged a 'wild hog' that weighed in at over 1050 pounds. He was hunting on a commercial hunting preserve with his father and several guides in eastern Alabama.  The animal measured 9 feet 4 inches long, nose to tail.

2007 On May 25 Coca Cola created a 3,000 gallon, 15 foot high ice cream float with Vanilla Coke and ice cream, and set a new world record for the largest ice cream float.  The float was certified as drinkable by health inspectors, but it was disposed of by a garbage company.  Coke also held the previous record from 1998 with a 2,085 gallon float.

2007 Edna Lewis died, southern chef and author of 'The Taste of Southern Cooking' (1976).

2007 On August 22 a 12 year-old boy in Manchester, England was charged with assault for throwing a cocktail sausage at a 74 year-old man.

2007 A bull escaped at the Minnesota State Fair on August 31. The bull rammed into a fire hydrant across from the all-you-can-drink Milk booth, and fell dead next to the hydrant.

2007 On October 5, one week after recalling almost 22 million pounds of ground beef products, Topps Meat Company announced it was going out of business. Topps had to recall the meat after samples tested positive for E. coli bacteria, and at least 30 people had become ill since July. Topps was one of the country's largest manufacturers of frozen hamburgers.

2007 'Chef Tell' (Friedman Paul Erhardt) died of heart failure on October 26. A European trained chef, he was one of the earliest celebrity TV chefs. He made appearances on Saturday Night Live, numerous talk shows, the PBS show 'In the Kitchen With Chef Tell' and was the inspiration for the Muppet's 'Swedish Chef.' He was also a restaurant owner, cookbook author and culinary educator. 

2007 Vincent Sardi Jr. died. He operated the famous Broadway restaurant, 'Sardi's' for 50 years. He retired in 1997.

2007 Kelly Jo Dowd died. She was one of the original 'Hooters' Girls' at the first Hooters' restaurant which opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida.

2007 There were 1,449 total breweries in the U.S. in 2007, 1,406 of them small, independent and traditional craft brewers.

2007 Alfred Peet died. He was the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966.  The founders of Starbucks were fans, and openly acknowledge his influence.

2007 The average farm in the U.S. is 441 acres.  In 1900 the average size was 147 acres.

2007 Michael Jackson, a leading beer critic, died at age 65.He was the author of 'The World Guide to Beer' (1977), and wrote for articles for various newspapers and food magazines, etc.

2007 David Tallichet, founder of Specialty Restaurants Corp, died. A former WW II pilot, most of the restaurants have aviation themes, or are located on prime waterfront or hilltop properties. (I was Executive Chef at one of his restaurants, 'Britanny Hill' in Denver, Colorado in the 1980s - Chef James)

2007 About 1/3 of all honeybee colonies in the U.S. perished during 2007 due to several deadly viruses (collectively called Colony Collapse Disorder).  Little is understood about this problem.

2007 Food scientist Edwin Traisman died. He helped develop Cheez Whiz for Kraft and later helped develop methods to standardize the French fries served at McDonald's restaurants. He also worked on research into the risks of various strains of E. coli bacteria.

2007/2008 NY City restaurants have until July 1, 2007 to eliminate oils, margarines and shortening from recipes that contain more than a half-gram of trans fat per serving.  By July 1, 2008, they will have to remove all menu items that exceed the new limit, including bread, cakes, chips and salad dressings.

2007 The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued a certificate canceling all claims related to the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich patent. (see Dec 21, 1999)

2008 The Global Seed Vault ('doomsday seed vault') opened deep within an Arctic mountain in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. It has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples from around the world and shield them from man-made and natural disasters.

2008 San Francisco passed a law requiring chain restaurants (with 20 or more locations in California) to post nutrition information on their menus.

2008 The musical 'A Catered Affair' opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

2008 Paul Newman died Sept 26 (born Jan 26, 1925). Actor, director, race car driver, etc. Newman also co-founded 'Newman's Own' food company, which donates all profits to charity (amounting to more than $380 million as of 2013).

2008 Oil prices hit $100 for the first time.

2008 The Yellow River Conservancy Committee reported that one-third of the Yellow River in northern China, was heavily polluted and was unsafe for any use.

2008 The UN designated 2008 as the International Year of the Potato. (Potatoes are the world's 4th largest food crop.)

2008 Irv Robbins died.  Co-founder, with Burt Baskin, of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1946 in Glendale, California.

2008 J.R. Simplot died.  Founder of J.R. Simplot Company in 1929 in Idaho. specializing in potato products (in 2005 it supplied more than 50% of McDonald's french fries).

2008 Wilbur Hardee died. Founder of fast food chain Hardee's in 1960.

2008 Rocky Aoki died.  Founder of Benihana Japanese Steakhouse restaurant chain.

2008 Sidney Craig died.  Co-founder with his wife, Jenny Craig, of the Jenny Craig chain of diet centers.

2008 Thailand: Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was forced out of office because he was appearing on the TV cooking show 'Tasting, Ranting.'  It was illegal for a government minister to hold another job.

2008 The USDA announced the largest beef recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse.

2008 The National Meats Institute in Uruguay organized a record Largest BBQ, grilling about over 26,000 pounds of beef on a mile long bbq grill using 6 tonnes of charcoal.

2008 It takes about 2 hours labor to produce 100 bushels of wheat.

2008 On May 14, The Chicago City Council repealed its ban on the sale of Foie Gras.

2008 Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye's restaurant chain, died on March 23.

2008 Herb Peterson, creator of McDonald's Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, died on March 25

2008 Robert Mondavi died at age 94 on May 13. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.

2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will ban trans fats in restaurants and retail food establishments. The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2010. California is the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants.  There are several cities that have banned them, and California and Oregon have previously banned trans fats in school meals.

2008 IBM is granted a patent for storing a customers preference for 'paper or plastic bags' on the stores customer loyalty card. Does this really deserve a patent?! Our patent system is definitely out of control.

2008 Flatulent Assault or Battery by Fart: A man in West Virginia was charged with battery on a police officer when he passed gas and allegedly 'fanned' it toward the police officer. He had been taken to the police station for a Breathalyzer test when the alleged 'fart and fan' caper occurred. The prosecutor's office later requested that the criminal complaint be dropped.

2008 Water on Mars! NASA announced that its Phoenix Mars Lander had uncovered about eight small pieces of water ice.

2008 Belgian based brewer InBev reached a deal to acquire Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion. This would create the world's largest brewer, which brands include Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, Rolling Rock, Labatt, Bass, Whitbread, Beck's, Corona, Lowenbrau, St. Pauli Girl, Stella Artois - a total of over 200 brands throughout the world. Annual sales in 2013 were over $43 billion. (See also Sept 6, 2004).

2008 The movie 'Beer for My Horses' opened in U.S. theatres.

2009 The movie 'Hotel for Dogs' opened in U.S. theatres today.

2009 Authorities confirmed Africanized honey bees, sometimes called “killer bees,” have been detected in Utah for the first time.

2009 Donald Crabtree opened Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro, Maine, where the waiters and waitresses serve their customers topless.

2009 In an effort to boost tourism, Utah agrees to open bars to the public, ending the states private club system, which required patrons fill out a separate application and pay a membership fee for each bar. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2009.

2009 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 44 cents and post cards to 28 cents.

2009 The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic.

2009 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projected the number of people on the brink of starvation is set to reach a record high of 1.02 billion in 2009 – one-sixth of the world population.

2009 Utah bars are now open to the public, ending the states private club system, which required patrons fill out a separate application and pay a membership fee for each bar.

2009 The movie 'I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell' opened in U.S. theaters.

2009 A bottle water ban went into effect in the town of Bundanoon in New South Wales, Australia (the first in Australia).

2009 Sugarcane stems in hands, thousands of farmers staged a massive demonstration in New Delhi, India to pressure the government to increase sugarcane prices.

2009 The movie 'The Slammin' Salmon' premiered in the U.S. The owner of a Miami restaurant owing money to the mob, holds a contest to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night.

2009 France raised the minimum age to purchase alcohol from 16 to 18 years of age.

2009 John Hughes died Aug 11 (born Feb 18, 1950). Film director and screenwriter. 'The Breakfast Club' (1985); 'Home Alone' (1990); 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' (1987).

2009 On August 15 in Detroit, Michigan, set a new record for the world's largest cupcake at 1,224 pounds.

2009 McDonald's closed its 3 locations in Iceland in October due to the 'complex operational environment.'

2009 In November, Nestle, one of the largest producers of canned pumpkin products, reports there may be a shortage of its products because heavy rains interrupted the pumpkin harvest.

2009 Kellogg's reports on November 20 that there will be a nationwide shortage of Eggo Frozen Waffles until the summer of 2010. Production has been interrupted at 2 of Eggo's four production plants due to repairs.

2009 The November 2009 issue of Gourmet magazine was the last issue published (the issue was actually distributed in mid-October).  The first issue was published in 1941.

2009 For the first time since 1945 when record-keeping began, world electricity use will show a year to year decline. Estimated decline 2009 vs 2008: more than 3%.

2009 Probably influenced by the economic crisis, cattle thefts in Texas have increased about 300% since 2007.

2009 The Food Network reaches 98 million homes.

2009 There are an estimated 950 million people in the world suffering from hunger, and 40,000 hunger-related deaths every day.

2009 A deadly virus ravages cacao trees in West Africa. Hundreds of millions of trees are destroyed to halt its spread.

2009 In the U.S. French Fries are the most common 'vegetable' children eat.

2009 Connecticut has 149 dairies. In 1940 there were 6,200 dairies in the state.

2009 About 37% of plastic soda bottles and 28% of plastic milk & water containers are recycled in the U.S. each year.

2009 A locally caught bluefin tuna weighing 282½ pounds sold for $104,700 ($371 lb) at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market auction. Prized by sushi lovers, the normal price for bluefin tuna is about $25 - $50 per pound.

2009 A pro-vegetarian Super Bowl ad from animal rights group Peta was too raunchy for NBC. They turned down the ad featuring several nearly naked models becoming very intimate with a pumpkin, broccoli, asparagus, and eggplant, with the flashing message "Studies show vegetarians have better sex."

2009 Restaurateur Milton Parker died at the age of 90. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.

2009 A soft drink called 'Gau Jal' made from cow urine and flavored with herbs is being developed in India. After testing it should be ready for sale within a few months.

2009 A truck hit the center median, and dumped thousands of pounds of burgers onto Interstate 15 near Salt Lake City. A few hours later on Interstate 84, also in Utah, a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of Fat Tire Beer hit the center median and spilled its load on the highway. Neither driver was injured.

2009 Hershey's, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania today. The factory produced among other, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

2009 Reduced demand for butter & cheese and falling milk prices are forcing dairy farmers in the U.S. to sell hundreds of thousands of dairy cows to be slaughtered for meat. Estimates are that more than 15% of the 9.3 million dairy cows may be sold for meat.

2009 Hot Dog Wars: Sara Lee (Ball Park Franks) sued Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Jumbo Beef Franks) over claims that Oscar Mayer franks are better than Ball Park Franks.

2009 After months of numerous mechanical failures, a new recycling system was activated on the international space station. The new system recycles astronauts urine and sweat into drinking water.

2009 Five students were arrested and taken away in handcuffs after a yogurt and taco salad food fight at a Portage, Wisconsin high school.

2009 Estimates are that about 1 billion frogs are killed for food each year. The world market for frog legs is threatening many species with extinction.

2009 Norman Ernest Borlaug died.  American agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize winner for efforts to overcome world hunger. Developed the wheat/rye hybrid called 'triticale'  with higher yield and protein content.

2009 Comedian 'Soupy Sales' (Milton Supman) died.  Best known for his children's TV show 'Lunch with Soupy Sales.'  Most of his routines ended with Soupy receiving a pie in the face.

2009 Keith Floyd died. British celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and cooking show host.

2009 British TV channel ITV apologized for the death of a rat on its reality show 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' in Australia. Two contestants, Gino D’Acampo and Stuart Manning skinned, cooked and ate the rat during filming, and were later convicted of animal cruelty.

2009 Dom DeLuise died (born Aug 1, 1933). Actor, comedian and cookbook author. 'Eat This' (1988) and 'Eat This Too!' (1997).

2009 The end of Analog TV. All full power over-the-air analog television transmission signals on channels 2-13 and 14-69 in the U.S. ended.

2009 Concerned about the environmental impact, the town of Bundanoon in New South Wales, Australia became the world's first town to ban the sale of bottled water.

2009 The European Council of Ministers banned imports of seal products in in an effort to force Canada to end its annual seal hunts.

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.

2009 New Fisheries Regulations in The Bahamas gives full protection to all Marine turtles found in Bahamian waters by prohibiting the Harvesting, Possession, Purchase and sale of turtles, their parts and eggs.

2009 The animated movie 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' opened in U.S. theatres. A clumsy inventor's gadget causes food to fall from the sky like rain.

2010 Dutch brewer Heineken acquired all of Femsa's Mexican beer operations which includes Dos Equis, Sol and Tecate brand beers.

2010 A magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastates the Island nation of Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and leaving almost 1 million homeless.

2010 Kraft Foods announced that more than 71% of Cadbury shareholders had voted to approve Kraft's takeover bid of the British confectioner.

2010 The movie 'Valentine's Day' opened in U.S. theaters.

2010 Canada closes its ports to fishing boats from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, when they refused to accept international shrimp quotas.

2010 Eastern Australia is hit by a locust plague. The insects infested some 190,000 square miles, ravaging farmland, gardens and grazing areas.

2010 San Francisco passed a law that only allows toys to be given away with kids restaurant meals only if the meal contains less than 600 calories.

2010 U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, authorizing funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increased access to healthy food for low-income children.

2010 Rose Gray died.  One of the most influential British chefs and restaurateurs of the 20th century. Co-founder and chef of River Cafe in London, "a little piece of Italy on the Thames."

2010 In Greece, a horde of millions of frogs forced the 2 hour closure of a major highway east of Thessaloniki.

2010 J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger died Jan 27 (born Jan 1, 1919).  Author of 'The Catcher in the Rye' (1951).

2010 Bernard Matthews died.  Founder of Bernard Matthews Farms Ltd., Britain's largest turkey processor.

2010 The population of the U.S. is now 308,745,538.

2010 Jimmy Dean died at age 81. A country music singer he also founded Jimmy Dean Meat Co. in 1969, well known for its Jimmy Dean Sausage brand.

2010 In August, approximately 23% of U.S. railway cars were in storage.

2010 April 3: Students at a Utah high school created a replica of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' using 2 tons of Malt-O-Meal cereal.

2010 In May, a 10 year-old 3rd grade student in Texas was given 1 week's detention for being in possession of a candy bar at lunch time. The candy bar was also confiscated.

2010 Average bottled water consumption in the U.S. is 30 gallons per person each year.

2010 There are over 34,000 Subway sandwich shops in 96 countries.

2010 'Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer' by Billy Currington was #1 on the Country Charts.

2010 Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin 1,810.5 pound pumpkin was confirmed by The Guinness World Records as the new world’s heaviest pumpkin.

2010 In the UK, The Guardian reported that 2.6 million households now have microchips installed in their rubbish bins by local British governments. The chips can identify the households and measure the weight of rubbish in the bins.

2010 Hawaii became the first state to ban the sale, possession, trade or distribution of shark fins.

2010 The movie 'Thirst' opened in U.S. theatres.

2010 The largest recorded hailstone ever recovered in the U.S. fell during a severe thunderstorm in Vivian, South Dakota.  Verified by the National Climatic Extremes Committee, it weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces, and measured 8 inches in diameter with a circumference of 18.62 inches.

2010 The movie 'Dinner for Schmucks' opened in U.S. theaters.

2010 The USDA issued a nationwide recall of more than half-billion eggs from two Iowa producers after they were linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.  More than 1,000 people had been sickened.

2010 The World Conservation Society reported that fewer than 3,500 wild tigers exist in the world today.

2010 An explosion and fire destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men. The subsequent oil spill (over 200 million gallons) was the largest marine oil spill and environmental disaster in U.S. history.

2011 World population is expected to hit 7 billion in October.

2011 U.S. President Barack Obama signs a bill overhauling the nation’s food safety system. It emphasizes prevention of foodborne illness, requiring more government inspections and allowing federal regulators to order the recall of unsafe products.

2011 The bookstore chain 'Borders' filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2011 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern Cougar officially extinct.

2011 Japan: A massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 struck at 2:46 pm off the northeastern coast of Japan.  The most powerful earthquake in Japan's history, it triggered powerful tsunami waves of up 133 feet high which caused a major nuclear accident at a power plant. More than 15,000 people were killed and at least 332,000 buildings were destroyed.

2011 The UK bans Immigrants from outside the European Economic Area from working as chefs in fast food and takeaway restaurants.

2011 The Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to remove flavored milk (chocolate and strawberry) from its menus to help combat childhood obesity.

2011 Record high temperatures on the East Coast in July: Newark, New Jersey hit a record high of 108°F at 3pm.

2011 Friendly Ice Cream restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy.

2011 Canada released the first of the country's newest banknotes - $100 bills made from a plastic polymer.

2011 Donald J. Tyson died.  President and CEO of Tyson Foods, he built his fathers Arkansas chicken feed and hatchery business into one of the largest producers of chicken, beef and pork in the world.

2011 Wicked Whoopies and radio station WMGX teamed up to create a record breaking 1,067 Whoopie Pie in South Portland, Main.

2011 Harry Coover died. Inventor of 'Eastman 910' commonly known as Super Glue.

2011 A Berlin court ordered breweries to stop advertising beer as good for peoples looks and health.

2011 Research from the University of Cambridge shows that fluctuations of serotonin levels in the brain, which often occur when someone hasn’t eaten or is stressed, affects brain regions that enable people to regulate anger.

2012 A 593 pound Bluefin Tuna sold for a record $724,000 (56.49 million yen) at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market - that's about $1,220 per pound!

2012 Best Western U.S. hotel chain announced plans to build 66 hotels in India, 10 to 15 hotels each year for the next five years.

2012 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 45 cents and post cards to 32 cents.

2012 A team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands announced they have successfully used stem cells to grow muscle tissue, with the goal of producing the first lab-grown hamburger later this year.

2012 Rebekah Speight of Dakota City, Nebraska sold a McDonald's Chicken McNugget that resembles President George Washington for $8,100 on eBay. She had kept the McNugget in her freezer for 3 years before deciding to sell it.

2012 Industry research firm Technomic reported that Wendy's is now the number 2 Hamburger chain in the U.S., overtaking Burger King, now number 3. McDonald's is still number 1. (Based on 2011 sales)

2012 Israel passed the ‘Photoshop Law’, which bans the showing of overly thin models in local advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders.

2012 The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states natural disaster areas due to widespread drought in the Midwest.

2012 The Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota created a record breaking Bacon Cheeseburger weighing in at 2,014 pounds.  At 10 feet in diameter, the burger was topped with 60 lbs of bacon, 40 lbs of cheese, 50 lbs of sliced onions, 50 lbs of lettuce and 40 lbs of pickles.

2012 On October 9 the last filling of 6.5 ounce returnable glass Coke bottles was capped in Winona, Minnesota.   (See Coca-Cola Trivia)

2012 The film 'Butter' about a young girl with a talent for butter carving, opened in the U.S. and Canada.

2012 Pizza Hut Canada produced 110 bottles of 'Eau de Pizza Hut' perfume to commemorate reaching 100,000 Facebook fans.

2012 The movies 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' and 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' opened in U.S. theatres.

2012 The movie 'The Hunger Games' premiered today in the U.S.

2012 About 20 million Britons in southern and eastern England were banned from using garden hoses for gardening or cleaning, due to a 2 year drought. Anyone caught using a 'hosepipe' faces a fine of 1,000 pounds ($1,500).

2012 Indonesia suspends some U.S. beef imports following the discovery of an American dairy cow in California infected with mad cow disease.

2012 For 2 days 900 mile wide Hurricane Superstorm 'Sandy' with 90 mph winds hits the East Coast of the U.S. Sandy drops up to 12 inches of rain; record 32.5 foot wave in NY harbor; 14 foot storm surge floods New York subways; shuts down Wall Street for several days; causes blizzards in West Virginia and Maryland; floods communities in 23 states; cuts power to more than 8 million residents; destroys beaches up and down the Eastern U.S. The worst storm in U.S. history.

2012 December 12: "Y12" - The end of the Long Count Maya Calendar Cycle (5,125.37 years). Despite predictions, the world did not end.

2013 Mauritania, in western North Africa, has banned the use of plastic bags to protect the environment and the lives of land and sea animals.

2013 The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced that horse DNA had been bound in frozen beef hamburgers sold in several Irish and British stores. Pig DNA was also present in some samples of beef products.  The beginning of a major horsemeat adulteration scandal that would involve many other companies and products (beef lasagne, beef Bolognese sauce, beef meatballs, etc.)  The scandal soon spread to at least 13 other European countries. Supposed 'Beef' products were found to contain 29% up to 100% horsemeat.

2013 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 46 cents and post cards to 33 cents.

2013 Canada withdraws the penny from circulation.

2013 France overturned a 200 year-old law that banned women from wearing trousers.

2013 Ikea home furnishings stores in Europe have withdrawn 17,000 portions of Moose Lasagna after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium.

2013 'More Than Honey' a documentary film about honeybees, opened in New York City.

2013 Protesting low egg prices, French farmers began smashing thousands of eggs on the streets and squares of France's main poultry producing region of Brittany.  Over-production and expensive renovations to meet new European regulations on hen houses have resulted in farmers receiving lower prices for eggs.

2013 Swarms of 2" long giant hornets were reported to have killed more than 40 people and injured more than 1,600 in northern China.

2013 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time, closing at 16,009.99.

2013 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' opened in U.S theatres.

2013 Fred Turner died.  In 1956 he was one of the first employees hired by McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.  He rose quickly through the ranks, and succeeded founder Ray Kroc as CEO in 1977. He founded Hamburger University in 1961 and was a co-founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

2013 John Galardi died.  Founder of Wienerschnitzel (originally Der Wienerschnitzel) hot dog fast food chain.

2013 The musical 'Big Fish' opened at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York.

Burger King introduced 'Satisfries' a new crinkle-cut french fry with about 20% fewer calories then its regular fries.

2013 Charles 'Charlie' Trotter died on November 5.

2013 The city of Detroit, Michigan files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

2013 A New York appeals court upheld a ruling the New York City Board of Health exceeded its authority when it tried to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces.

2013 The accountant in charge of keeping tabs of lunch money for the Rialto Unified School District in California was arrested on suspicion of embezzling from the school district's nutrition services department. Up to $3.1 million dollars was reported missing over a period of up to 14 years.

2013 The movie 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' (originally titled 'The Butler') opened in U.S. theatres. The story of Cecil Gaines, White House butler to 8 presidents.

2013 According to a United Nations report released today (Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources), 1/3 of all the food produced worldwide was going to waste or lost because of inappropriate practices, while 870 million people go hungry every day.

2014 The United Nations has declared 2014 as the ‘International Year of Family Farming’.

2014 The world's oldest flamingo, 83 year old 'Greater,' died at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia.

2014 The first McDonald's restaurant in Vietnam opened in Ho Chi Minh City.

2014 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' opened in U.S. theatres.  The adventures of the hotel's concierge Gustave H and his friend Zero Moustafa the lobby boy.

2014 Quiznos restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection.

2014 The International Court of Justice rules that the Japanese government must halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. Japan said it would abide by the decision.

2014 Governor Jerry Brown of California signed legislation that overturned a ban on pets at bars and restaurants. The new law allows dogs at outside patios effective January 1, 2015.

2014 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' opened in U.S. theatres.

2014 The movie 'Chef' was released in the U.S.  A chef loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck.

2014 Joey Chestnut won his 8th straight Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, consuming 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

2014 M. Food Arts magazine suspends publication. "It is with great sadness that, after 25 years, we announce the closing of Food Arts magazine."

2015 The United Nations has declared 2015 as the ‘International Year of the Soil’

2015 The movie 'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken' debuted in U.S. theatres.  About the kidnapping of beer tycoon Alfred 'Freddy' Heineken on November 9, 1983.




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