NOVEMBER 20 - Today in Food History
• National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
• France: Beaujolais Nouveau wine released (2014)
• National Bundt Day (2014)
• UK: National Eating In/Out Week (Nov 17-23, 2014) Celebrating the diversity of international cuisines enjoyed in Britain.
• National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week
(Nov 15-23, 2014) [Nat’l Coalition for the Homeless] A time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
On this day in:
1758 Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière was born (died Dec 25, 1837). French writer and gastronome. Notorious for his extravagant behavior, sharp wit and dark humor, he was one of the first food and restaurant critics.
1820 A whaling ship, the Essex, was rammed twice by a sperm whale and eventually sank.
1886 Karl von Frisch was born (died June 12, 1982). 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.
1888 The first U.S. patent for a time clock was issued to Willard Bundy of Auburn, New York (Patent # 393,205).
1903 In Canada, the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan was incorporated.
1967 The U.S. population passed 200 million, according to the Census Clock at the Department of Commerce.
1969 DDT was banned for residential use as part of a total phase out of its use in the U.S.
1984 McDonald's sold its 50 billionth hamburger today.
2004 Ancel Keys died (born Jan 26, 1904). An American nutritionist, he developed the lightweight, nutritious K ration used during WW II. He also identified saturated fats role in causing heart disease.
2009 Kellogg's reports 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.