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JUNE 12 - Today in Food History

• National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
• National Jerky Day
• Alex's Lemonade Days (June 10-12, 2016)
  [Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation]
• International Falafel Day

National Fishing & Boating Week: June 4-12, 2016
  [Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation]
  (Articles About Fish & Fishing)

• Dairy Goat Awareness Week (June 11-18, 2016)
  [American Dairy Goat Assn] (Goat Trivia & Facts)
• UK: National Picnic Week (June 11-19, 2016)

On this day in:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

 

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