FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE - 2009
2009 Japanese angler Manabu Kurita caught a 22-pound, 5-ounce largemouth bass on Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, tying the 1932 record.
2009 The movie 'I Hate Valentine’s Day' opened in U.S. theaters.
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, GourmetGiftBaskets.com 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.