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Today in Food HistoryFOOD TIMELINE: >  1966 to '70




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1966 McDonald's begins using frozen french fries.

1966 Canada signs an agreement to sell $550 million worth of wheat to China over the next 3 years.

1966 The Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during a Memphis concert.

1966 Gorton Corporation began using 'Gorton's of Gloucester' trademark for frozen seafood.

1966 The first episode (The Royal Flush) of the 'The Monkees' aired on the NBC television network.

1966 S.S. Kresge died (born July 31, 1867).  An American merchant who started a chain of variety stores.  Renamed Kmart Corp. in 1977, which evolved into Sears Holdings Corp, parent of Sears and Kmart stores.

1966 The first day of the first Kwanzaa is celebrated in Los Angeles under the direction of Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach. Designed as a celebration of African American family, community, and culture.

1966 The U.S. launched its first weather satellite, ESSA-1.

1966 Gossip columnist Hedda Hopper died. Quote: "Having only friends [and no enemies] would be eating eggs without salt."

1966 A hailstone 16 inches in diameter crashed through a truck windshield in Dodge County, Minnesota on October 14.

1966 The Barclaycard was introduced by Barclays Bank, the first credit card in Britain.

1966 Mike Tyson was born. On June 28, 1997, Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear in the 3rd round of a boxing match. He was disqualified.

1966 'Summer In The City' by the Lovin’ Spoonful hit #1 on the charts.

1966 Mississippi is the last state to repeal Prohibition.

1966 The last episode of 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' airs.

1966 The first episode of the TV show 'Star Trek' airs. Chemically synthesized food on the Enterprise - we seem to be getting close to that now.

1966 Laboratory Animal Welfare Act passed; renamed Animal Welfare Act in 1970.

1966 Simon and Garfunkel release their album, 'Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme'

1966 Ingredients are required to be listed on food packages. The first Truth in packaging law.

1966 American Roman Catholics are no longer required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.

1966 On July 5 Large hailstones fell on Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. One hailstone measured 1 foot in diameter.

1966 'Don't Drink The Water,' Woody Allen's first play opened on Broadway.

1966 Quaker Instant Oatmeal is introduced.

1966 Heston Blumenthal was born. English celebrity chef, author and restaurateur. Owner of 3- Michelin star restaurant, The Fat Duck and The Hinds Head in Bray, Berkshire, and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London.

1966 Gordon Ramsay was born in Scotland. Controversial award winning British celebrity chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and tv show host (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Master Chef, etc.)

1966 Rocco DiSpirito was born. American celebrity chef and cookbook author. Host of TV shows 'Now Eat This' and 'Restaurant Divided'

1967 Canada's tallest hotel, the 38-story Chateau Champlain opened in Montreal, Quebec.

1967 The 1st 'Super Bowl' was played. The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League beat the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League, 35-10. ("AFL-NFL World Championship Game" - renamed beginning with "Super Bowl III" in 1969)

1967 Alan S. Boyd took office as the first U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

1967 'Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie' by Jay & The Techniques was number 8 on the Top 40 music charts.

1967 A ban on the movement of farm animals was put in place at midnight in England and Wales to curb the spread of a foot-and-mouth disease epidemic.

1967 All horse racing in Britain has been cancelled indefinitely to help prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

1967 Gorton Corporation registered 'Gorton's of Gloucester' trademark (for frozen seafood).

1967 'Apple,' the Beatles (Apple Corps) clothing store opened in London. (Closed in 1968).

1967 Wham-O Mfg company received patent No. 3,359,678 for improvements to the Frissbee, reducing aerodynamic drag.  (See also 1958)

1967 Burt Baskin died. Co-founder, with Irv Robbins, of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1946 in Glendale, California.

1967 Gatorade, the original sports drink, is developed by the University of Florida for their football team.
Gatorade is named the official sports drink of the National Football League.

1967 Clementine Paddleford died. American cookbook author and food columnist for numerous publications including NY Herald Tribune, NY Sun, NY Telegram; Gourmet and This Week magazines.

1967 A gallon of milk cost $1.03, but in 2006 dollars that would be $6.24

1967 Yellow margarine became legal in Wisconsin. It was the last state to allow coloring to be added to margarine.

1967 The Cunard lines 1,000 ft, 81,000 ton passenger ship the Queen Mary, launched in 1936, arrived in Long Beach, California to begin its new roll as a museum, hotel and conference center.

1967 Tom Smothers fell into a vat of chocolate today. (The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premiered.

1967 The Beatles single 'Strawberry Fields Forever' is released.

1967 Billy Corgan of the music group 'Smashing Pumpkins' is born.

1967 Tennessee repealed its 1925 law making it illegal to teach evolution in public schools.

1967 Dave Navarro of the music group 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' is born.

1967 Jayne Mansfield died. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was 'Miss Roquefort Cheese,' because she believed it "just didn't sound right."

1967 Arlo Guthrie performs his 20 minute 'Alice's Restaurant' at the Newport Folk Festival.

1967 The rock group Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut in New York.

1967 Sweden switches from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right.

1967 The final episode of 'Gilligans Island' TV show airs.

1967 The Queen Mary began her last Atlantic crossing.

1967 Gladys Knight and the Pips released 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine.'

1967 Elmer McCollum died. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.

1967 The U.S. population passed 200 million, according to the Census Clock at the Department of Commerce.

1967 There were an estimated 3.2 million farms in the U.S.

1967 'Incense and Peppermint' by Strawberry Alarm Clock hits number one on the charts.

1967 Wholesome Meat Act passed.

1967 California Packing Corp (Calpak) changed its name to Del Monte Corp.

1967 Casimir Funk died (born Feb 23, 1884). Funk was a Polish-American biochemist who came up with the word 'vitamine' later changed to 'vitamin.'

1967 The 20th Century Limited luxury train completed its last run from New York City to Chicago, Illinois.

1967 The movie 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' premiered, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn.

1968 U.S. 1st class postage rates are raised to 6 cents.

1968 In New York the new Madison Square Garden sports and entertainment arena officially opened.
(see also Dec 15, 1925).

1968 London Bridge, originally constructed in 1831, was sold to Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for $2.46 million. The granite bridge was taken apart and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

1968 Australia's first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened in Sydney's western suburbs.

1968 In the UK, a government appointed commission recommended that the British Egg Marketing Board should be scrapped and a free market established.

1968 Brewery workers in Ontario, Canada end a 3 week strike for higher wages.

1968 NBC outraged football fans when it broke away from the final minutes of an Oakland Raiders-New York Jets game to air the TV film "Heidi," on schedule.

1968 Haleyville, Alabama became the first U.S. telephone system to use 911 as the universal number for emergency services.

1968 Darius Rucker, lead singer with Hootie and the Blowfish was born on May 13.

1968 Flesh eating Zombies are on the loose when George Romero's horror film 'Night of the Living Dead' is released.

1968 About 98.4% of U.S. farms have electricity, 83% have telephones.

1968 Over 6,000 sheep are found dead in Skull Valley, Utah as a result of U.S. Army nerve gas testing at nearby Dugway Proving Ground on March 13.

1968 The Big Mac was introduced at McDonalds for 49 cents.

1968 Smucker's introduced ‘Goober’, peanut butter striped with jelly.

1968 Actress Molly Ringwald was born. Two of her movies were 'The Breakfast Club' (1985) and 'In the Weeds' (2000).

1968 'Whiskey On A Sunday' was recorded by the Irish Rovers.

1968 'Honey' by Bobby Goldsboro hit #1 on the charts

1968 Laurence M. Klauber died. Klauber was an American herpetologist and inventor who was a rattlesnake expert. If you want to know anything or everything about rattlesnakes, see his book "Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories and Influence on Mankind."

1968 'Yummy, Yummy, Yummy' by the Ohio Express hit #1 on the charts.

1968 The Lemon Pipers single 'Green Tambourine' was number 1 on the U.S. singles chart.

1968 Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Jonas Iha was born.

1968 The first Red Lobster restaurant opened in Lakeland, Florida.

1968 'Grazing In The Grass' by Hugh Masekela hit #1 on the charts

1968 A record black sea bass caught with a fishing rod weighed in at over 563 pounds. It was caught off the coast of California.

1968 Rock group ‘Cream's last concert (Albert Hall).

1968 The Who release 'The Who Sell Out.' One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.

1968 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye hits number 1 on the charts.

1968 John Steinbeck died. American novelist, some of his titles were: 'The Grapes of Wrath,' 'Tortilla Flats' and 'Cannery Row.'

1968 Victor Shelford died. An American zoologist and ecologist, he was one of the first to treat ecology as a separate science. He was active and influential in several ecological organizations, including the Nature Conservancy formed in 1951.

1968 Cat (Catherine Ann) Cora was born. American celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author. Only female 'Iron Chef' on Food Network's 'Iron Chef America'

1968 John Besh was born.  Award-winning chef and restaurateur (9 restaurants). Host of PBS TV shows, 'Chef John Besh’s New Orleans' and 'Chef John Besh’s Family Table.'  The John Besh Foundation, founded in 2011, works to protect and preserve the culinary heritage and foodways of New Orleans.

1968 'Apple,' the Beatles (Apple Corps) clothing store in London closed (opened 1967).

1968 Rachael Ray was born. American celebrity chef, cookbook author and cooking show host (Rachael Ray; 30 Minute Meals; etc.).

1968 Joseph 'Joe' Bastianich was born.  Restaurateur, winemaker and author. He is also a judge on TV cooking shows MasterChef and MasterChef Junior.

1968 Upton Sinclair died. His novel, 'The Jungle,' was a horror story about conditions in the meat packing industry of the time. It led to extensive reforms.

1968 'Beggar's Banquet' album by the Rolling Stones was released.

1969 Elena Arzak was born. Joint head chef with her father, Juan Mari Arzak, at the family's 3 Michelin star restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain.  Named World's Best Female Chef in 2012.

1969 Anne Burrell was born. American chef and television food show personality. Host of the Food Network's 'Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef', 'Worst Cooks in America', and 'Chef Wanted.' Author of 'Cook Like a Rock Star'

1969 Ontario, Canada bans the use of the pesticide DDT, effective January 1, 1970.

1969 Sergei Mikhailkov, the secretary of the Moscow writer's union declares that nudity in the popular play "Oh! Calcutta!" is a sign of decadence in Western culture.

1969 Bert Benjamin died.  Draftsman designer with International Harvester Co. Inventor of Farmall Tractor, the first that could plow and cultivate row crops. Granted 140 patents for tractors and tractor accessories.

1969 Canned beer outsells bottled beer for the first time.

1969 The first men on the moon. Neil Armstrong took "one small step" followed Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. They found no cheese.

1969 The Galloping Gourmet TV show hosted by Graham Kerr premiered.

1969 The children's TV show, Sesame Street debuted, with the Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and many more characters.

1969 Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburger restaurant in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He named it for his 8 year old daughter Melinda, whose nickname was Wendy.

1969 U.S. agricultural exports were about $5.76 billion a year during the 1960s (22.9% of total exports).

1969 Average commercial fertilizer use on U.S. farms during the 1960s was about 32.3 million tons per year.

1969 Pringles potato chips were introduced - made from dehydrated, mashed potatoes.

1969 The last issue of the Saturday Evening Post was published. 1821-1969

1969 The Beatles perform for the last time in public, on the roof of Apple Studios.

1969 'Candy', Ringo Starr's X-rated film premiers.

1969 'Ice Cube,' (O'Shea Jackson) singer and actor, was born.

1969 Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

1969 The 3 day Woodstock Music and Arts Fair began on a dairy farm in Upstate New York.

1969 The movie version of Arlo Guthrie's 'Alice's Restaurant' premiered in New York and Los Angeles.

1969 The first ATM is installed at the Chemical Bank in Rockville Centre, New York.

1969 Marmalade's version of the Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' was the #1 single in the UK.

1969 The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) British luxury ocean liner left on her maiden voyage to New York.

1969 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' by Marvin Gaye is number 1 on the U.K. singles chart.

1969 'Sugar, Sugar' by the Archies hits Number 1 on the charts.

1969 Cyclamate, a non-caloric sweetener, was banned. Discovered in 1937, and widely used in the food industry, cyclamate was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Cyclamate is still used in many countries around the world.

1969 The first color TV commercial in Britain was aired, for Birdseye Peas.

1969 DDT was banned for residential use as part of a total phase out of its use in the U.S.

1970 James M. Schlatter of G.D. Searle & Co. received U.S. patent No. 3,492,131 for the peptide sweetening agent, aspartame, which would be marketed as NutraSweet in 1981.

1970 Canada bans the use of phosphates in laundry detergent, to prevent damage to lakes and rivers by excessive weed growth.

1970 Detroit Tigers outfielders Al Kaline and Jim Northrup collided while attempting to catch a line drive. Al Kaline lay in the grass choking and gasping for air - he had swallowed his tongue! After an overnight stay in the hospital he was back in the lineup.

1970 Cumberland Packing registered "Sweet'n Low" trademark (first used in 1958).

1970 Pillsbury registered trademark for "Poppin' Fresh" (the Pillsbury Doughboy), first used in 1965 for Pillsbury refrigerated dough products.

1970 Percy Le Baron Spencer died (born 1894). Inventor of the microwave oven in 1945.

1970 The population of the U.S. is now 203,211,926. Farmers are 4.6% of the labor force. There are about 2,780,000 farms, averaging about 390 acres.

1970 Giada De Laurentiis was born in Italy. American chef, cookbook author and TV cooking show host ('Everyday Italian', 'Giaca At Home', etc.)

1970 Percy Le Baron Spencer died. Inventor of the microwave oven in 1945.

1970 Neil Simon's 'The Gingerbread Lady' opened on Broadway.

1970 Farmers made up less than 5 percent of work force for the first time.

1970 Hamburger Helper was introduced.

1970 U.S. commercial whale hunting ended.

1970 One and one-half man-hours of labor required on 1 acre to produce 30 bushels of wheat.

1970 Orville Redenbacher introduced his Gourmet Popping corn.

1970 The Red Lobster restaurant chain was acquired by General Mills.

1970 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2' by Julia Child & Simone Beck was published.

1970 Craig Claiborne's 'Classic French Cooking' was published.

1970 Monday Night Football premiered. More snack food please!

Egg Products Inspection Act passed.

1970 The first Earth Day was celebrated. Is our environment better or worse today?

1970 8 species of whale are placed on the Endangered Species List

1970 Emmett J. Culligan died. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name. ("Hey, Culligan Man").

1970 Ray Davies of the Kinks traveled round trip from New York to London to change 2 words in the song 'Lola,' (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of a BBC ban on commercial references.

1970 Developed process to make sourdough bread outside of San Francisco area.

1970 At the 43rd National Spelling Bee, Libby Childress wins spelling the word 'croissant.'

1970 'Vitamin C' was born. Vitamin C' is the stage name of singer, actress, Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick.

1970 'Make It With You' by Bread hits #1 on the charts.

1970 'Spill The Wine' by Eric Burdon & War hit number 1 on the charts.

1970 Alan Wilson of the music group 'Canned Heat' died.

1970 Record Hailstone falls in Coffeyville, Minnesota. It weighed 1 2/3 pounds and measured 17 1/2 inches in circumference.

1970 Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the 'Green Revolution.' He had developed new varieties of wheat and rice to help increase food production in the Third World.

1970 Linus Pauling declares that large doses of Vitamin C will keep the common cold at bay.

1970 'I Think I Love You' by the Partridge Family hits #1 on the charts.

1970 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operations. William Ruckelhaus was the first director.

1970 Cesar Chavez was jailed in California for refusing to cancel a United Farm Workers lettuce boycott.


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