NOVEMBER 20 - Today in Food History
• National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
(Fudge Recipes -- Peanut Butter Trivia)
• National Family Week in U.S. (Nov 19-25, 2023 - Thanksgiving Week) Organizations have promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years. An annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving, designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families.
• UK: National Baking Week (always Oct 14-20)
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. (Honey Bee Trivia & Facts --- Honey Quotes)
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.
1913 The National Biscuit Co. (Nabisco) introduced 'Mallomars', chocolate covered marshmallow cookies.
(Nabisco Trivia & Facts)
1926 Ann Turner Cook was born. A mystery novelist, she was the model for the baby drawing which has appeared on Gerber Baby Food products since 1928. The charcoal sketch was by a family friend, commercial artist, Dorothy Hope Smith.
1962 Hardee's restaurant chain registered the 'Hardee's' trademark.
1967 The U.S. population passed 200 million, according to the Census Clock at the Department of Commerce.
1969 The pesticide 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.
(McDonald’s Trivia & Facts)
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.
2020 Coronavirus: The CDC recommends Americans not travel for Thanksgiving; Flu season. winter weather and holiday travel are expected to amplify the outbreak in the U.S.