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JUNE 12 - Today in Food History

• National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  (Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes)

• National Jerky Day (Homemade Jerky Instructions)

• International Falafel Day (A Middle Eastern specialty. Deep fried patty of ground chickpeas or fava beans.)
  (Sultan's Market 'Pet Falafel' commercial)

• National Fishing & Boating Week: June 6-14, 2020
  [Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation]
  (Articles About Fish & Fishing)

• National Garden Week (June 7-13, 2020)
  [National Garden Clubs Inc]

On this day in:

1873 Rocky Mountain locusts enter southwestern Minnesota. The beginning of a 4 year crop destroying locust (grasshopper) plague. (Locust Trivia & Facts)

1897 In Switzerland, Karl Elsener registered the design of the Swiss Army Knife (Officer's & Sports Knive) for trademark protection.  The innovative knife had tools that opened from both ends of the handle.

1901 Montreal, Canada passes a by-law to make indoor toilets mandatory.

1913 John Randolph Bray released 'The Artist's Dream' (also known as 'The Dachsund and the Sausage') in which a cartoon dog eats sausages drawn by the artist. It is the first animated cartoon made in the U.S. by modern techniques.

1963Cleopatra’ premiered in New York, staring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. It is rumored that the caterers were the only ones who made money on this movie.

1965 The Rolling Stones recorded the frustrated diners lament, ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.’

1982 Karl von Frisch died (born Nov 20, 1886).  He shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Konrad Lorenz and Nikolaas Tinbergen.  Working with honey bees he showed that they can recognize different odors and tastes and using their 'waggle dance' could communicate the location of food to other bees in the hive. (Honey Bee Trivia & Facts)

2004 A federal judge upheld a rule issued by the USDA on June 2, 2003 which declared that frozen, batter coated french fries are fresh vegetables. The judge stated that the term 'fresh vegetables' was ambiguous.
In 1981 the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) had unsuccessfully tried to classify ketchup and pickle relish as vegetables. Public protest caused them to drop the idea. (French Fries Trivia & Facts)

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.

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

2013 For the first time in modern history, the world is producing more farmed fish than farmed beef.  The Earth Policy Institute in Washington DC has found that farmed fish production reached a record 66 million tonnes in 2012. Cattle farm output, by contrast, has levelled off, with just 63 million tonnes of beef produced in the same year.


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