FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE
2015 to 2019
2015 The United Nations has declared 2015 as the ‘International Year of the Soil’
2015 California Governor Jerry Brown ordered statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. The order requires cities and towns to cut water usage by 25%, due to a drought emergency and extremely low snowpack level in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
2015 Paul Prudhomme died (born July 13, 1940). Chef and restaurateur, he owned his first restaurant at the age of 17, and in 1979 opened his world famous Cajun restaurant, K-Pauls. He has also written several best selling cookbooks.
2015 The movie 'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken' debuted in U.S. theatres. About the kidnapping of beer tycoon Alfred 'Freddy' Heineken on November 9, 1983.
2015 Los Angeles U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that California’s ban on the sale of foie gras was illegal because it encroaches on the regulatory domain of the federal government.
2015 Donald Featherstone died. An American artist, at age 21 he designed the original plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament.
2015 Stewart Parnell, owner and CEO of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was convicted of 72 counts of fraud and conspiracy for knowingly shipping peanut butter paste contaminated with salmonella bacteria. In 2008 peanut butter paste manufactured by PCA killed 9 people and sickened 714 others in 46 states. It resulted in one of the largest food recalls in American history. Parnell was the first corporate executive convicted of federal felony charges related to food poisoning.
2015 Albert Francis "Al" Molinaro died. An American actor who played Al Delvecchio, Drive-In owner and cook on the TV sitcom 'Happy Days' and Murray Greshler on 'The Odd Couple'. He also appeared in many television commercials.
2015 The SpaceX supply ship brought groceries, supplies and an ISSpresso espresso machine to the International Space Station.
2015 Burger King opened its first restaurant in Mongolia, in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
2016 President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, declaring the North American Bison the official National Mammal of the United States.
2016 Archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old brewery in the Central Plain of China. It is the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in China. Residue from inside the uncovered pots and funnels included a mix of fermented grains: broomcorn millet, barley and Job's tears, a chewy Asian grain also known as Chinese pearl barley. The beer 'recipe' also called for tubers, which were added to sweeten and flavor the beer.
2016 The United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. The "Leave" side received 51.9% of the vote, while the "Remain" side received 48.1%.
2016 After 57 years, New York City landmark restaurant The Four Seasons, closed at its Seagram Building location at 375 Park Avenue. It will relocate 3 blocks south, hoping for a late 2017 opening.
2016 A record temperature of 54°C (129.3° F) was recorded in Kuwait. It is the highest temperature ever recorded in the eastern hemisphere.
2016 The animated comedy film 'Sausage Party' opened in U.S. theaters. A sausage tries to discover the truth about his existence.
2017 France bans restaurants from offering free refills of sodas and other sugary drinks. The new law aims at limiting the risks of obesity and diabetes.
2017 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 22,000 for the first time, at 22,016.24.
2017 Bumble Bee Foods plead guilty and was fined $25 million for its role in a canned tuna price fixing conspiracy involving Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea brands.
2017 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) died (born Feb 26, 1928). One of rock-and-roll's earliest stars, one of his early hits was 'Blueberry Hill' which reached number 2 in 1956.
2017 The historic Jackson Magnolia tree, the oldest tree on the White House grounds, was cut down. Planted by Andrew Jackson around 1830, the tree was featured on the back on $20 bills from 1928-1998. The species normal life span is from 80-120 years, the 190 year old tree had been supported by cables, but its structure had finally become too dangerous to leave it standing.
2017 The United Nations General Assembly, in its 72nd Session, has officially adopted the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028. This Decade aims to serve as a framework to promote better public policies on Family Farming, and offers a unique opportunity to contribute end hunger and poverty as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2018 In Rocky River, Ohio, the local Postal service reports that aggressive turkeys are "creating unsafe conditions" for postal carriers. Residents are requested to stop putting out bird feed, hoping the turkeys will go elsewhere.
2018 Italy's Florence bans people from pausing in the historic center to eat food on sidewalks, roadways and on the doorsteps of shops and houses. The restrictions are aimed at reducing litter and keeping streets clear of the crowds that form around eateries, making the narrow streets hard to navigate.
2018 Dorcas Bates Reilly died (born July 22, 1926). As Campbell's test kitchen supervisor she created the classic Green Bean Casserole. She also created hundreds of recipes throughout her career.
2018 California voters approved the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative. By 2020 egg-laying hens must have at least 1 square foot of space per hen, and each calf raised as veal must be provided with at least 43 square feet of space. By 2022 female pigs used for breeding must have at least 24 square feet of space per pig. Hens must be kept in cage-free housing with at least 1 square foot of space per hen.
2018 Paul Bocuse died in his sleep in the same room in which he was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or in France (born on Feb 11, 1926). Legendary French Chef, known as one of the founders of 'nouvelle cuisine'. Named Chef of the Century by the Culinary Institute of America. His restaurant has maintained 3 Michelin stars for more than 50 years.
2018 Anthony Bourdain died. He died of an apparant suicide. Influential American celebrity chef, author ('Kitchen Confidential') and culinary traveler. Host of 'A Cook's Tour', 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations' and 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown'.
2018 French fishermen blockaded the port city of Calais to protest the practice of electric pulse fishing, which uses electrodes to emit electric waves, stunning fish which then float upwards and are scooped up by giant nets.
2018 According to a study published in 'Nature' journal, all Citrus Fruits can trace their origin to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas about eight million years ago.
2018 A spill from a chocolate storage tank at the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westönnen, Germany closed a local street. Firefighters using shovels, hot water and blowtorches cleared the street of the estimated one ton of chocolate.
2019 Gary Rhodes died (born April 22, 1960). British restaurateur and celebrity chef, known as an ambassador for British cuisine . He presented TV shows 'MasterChef', 'MasterChef USA', 'Hell's Kitchen' and his own series, 'Rhodes Around Britain'. He also owned four restaurants and had his own line of cookware and bread mixes.
2019 Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have discovered a 7,000 year old wooden water well, built around 5256 B.C. at Ostrov in the Pardubice Region. It is believed to be the oldest wooden structure in the world, and will be preserved by the experts of the University of Pardubice.
2019 In Australia, the University of Canberra's library was evacuated due to a suspected gas leak. The odor turned out to be from a Durian fruit.
2019 Mexico City announced a ban on plastic bags, straws, utensils and other disposable plastic plastic items. The ban takes effect at the end of 2020.
2019 The Philippines recalled its ambassador to Canada in an escalating dispute after Ottawa failed to reclaim mislabeled garbage shipped to Manila about six years ago. More than 100 containers arrived in the Port of Manila between 2013-2014 supposedly containing recyclable plastic, but actually contained nonrecyclable plastic, and household garbage.
2019 A customer at a Manchester, England Hawksmoor steak house ordered a $335 bottle of Bordeaux wine but was mistakenly served a Chateau Le Pin, Pomerol, 2001 Bordeaux wine worth $5,800, the most expensive wine on the list.
2019 Leah Chase died (born Jan 6, 1923). Chef and civil rights activist, known as the 'Queen of Creole Cuisine,' she was co-owner and executive chef of the historic Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2019 The Four Seasons restaurant (originally opened in 1959) closed its doors permanently after lunch service today. The end of an era.
2019 Villevieille, France set a countrywide record with a temperature of 113.2 degrees Fahrenheit. As a deadly heat wave struck across Europe this week, new high temperature records were recorded in Germany, Poland, France, Spain and the Czech Republic.
2019 As 5 Japanese whaling ships set sail today, Japan resumes commercial whaling for the first time in almost 30 years. Last year Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which banned whale hunting in 1986. Since then Japan conducted "scientific whaling" in its own waters.
2019 The [Copernicus Climate Change Service] reported that June was the hottest June ever recorded.
2019 Frankfort, Kentucky: A Jim Beam warehouse with about 45,000 barrels of bourbon was destroyed by a massive fire. Firefighters from four counties responded.. No injuries were reported. The whiskey destroyed represented only about 1% of Jim Beam's bourbon inventory.
2019 InterContinental Hotel Group, owner of Holiday Inn, Regent Hotels, Crowne Plaza, is eliminating travel sized shampoo, and other toiletries from its 843,000 hotel rooms in its more than 5,800 hotels around the world, beginning in 2021. They will be replaced with bulk sized accessories, with a significant reduction in plastic waste.
2019 StarKist Co. fined $100 million for its role in a canned tuna price fixing conspiracy involving Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea brands.
2019 Thieves stole around 50,000 Golden Delicious apples worth about $27,000 from Williams Orchard in LaPorte, Indiana.
2019 The New York City Council voted to ban the sale of foie gras beginning in 2022. Violations will be punishable by a $2,000 fine. About 1,000 New York City restaurants have foie gras on their menu.
2019 In Tottori, Japan a 2.7 pound Snow Crab sold for a record 5 million yen ($46,000) at this year's first auction of the season. The winning bidder was Tetsuji Hamashita, president of fishery wholesaler Hanashita Shoten.
2019 A flock of up to 60 aggressive wild turkeys, weighing up to 24 pounds, are reported to be terrorizing residents at Holiday City in Toms River, New Jersey. The gobblers have chased residents, broken windows, and pecked away at roofs and cars. Wildlife and Animal Control officials are aware of the problem, but cannot do anything about the turkeys due to state regulations.
2019 The first known case of the Coronavirus was traced to this date in Wuhan, China.