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JUNE 17 - Today in Food History

• Eat Your Vegetables Day (Vegetable Recipes)

• National Apple Strudel Day (Apple Strudel Recipes)

• National Stewart’s Root Beer Day
  (Why Does Root Beer Foam So Much?)

• [Men’s Health Week] (June 15-21, 2020)  Week leading up to and including Father’s Day.)

• Dairy Goat Awareness Week (June 13-20, 2020)
  [American Dairy Goat Assn]  --  (Goat Trivia & Facts)
 

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1239 King Edward I of England was born (ruled 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons.

1860 The 692 foot long iron sailing steam ship SS Great Eastern, the largest ship ever built at the time, began its first transatlantic voyage. Originally scheduled to sail on June 16, the Captain delayed the voyage until the 17th because the crew was drunk. The ship had a capacity of 4,000 passengers.

1862 W.H. Fancher and C.M. French of Waterloo, New York received U.S. patent No. 35,600 for an "Improved Ordnance Plow" - a combined plow and gun.

1870 George Cormack, the creator of Wheaties cereal, was born. (Wheaties Trivia & Facts)

1872 George M. Hoover arrived in Dodge City, Kansas. He was the second settler there, and opened the first business, a saloon of course. Whisky was 25 cents.
(Kansas Food Trivia  --  Kansas Food Festivals)

1903 Ruth Graves Wakefield was born. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s. (Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia & Facts)

1947 Pan Am inaugurated the first round-the-world passenger service when the Lockheed Constellation 'Clipper America' with 21 passengers, 9 crew members and 400 pounds of food, departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York bound for San Francisco, the long way around. The trip covered more than 20,000 miles in 13 days, with 92 hours 43 minutes of flight time, landing in 17 cities and 10 countries.

1978 'Cheeseburger In Paradise' by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32 on the charts.

2020 Quaker Oats is retiring the Aunt Jemima pancake brand and logo that have long been criticized as perpetuating racial stereotypes.  For the same reasons, Mars Co. is also planing to change the branding and logo of Uncle Ben's Rice, and Conagra will review branding and packaging of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup.

2020 Former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was sentenced to a 40 month jail term and a $100,000 fine for his role in a canned tuna price fixing conspiracy involving Bumble Bee, StarKist and Chicken of the Sea brands. (see also Sept 11, 2019 and Aug 4, 2017).

2020 Coronavirus:  Most airlines ban alcohol sales to minimize passenger-crew interaction;  Gas prices rise as states reopen - average price $2.10;  Drive-In restaurants become popular as safe places to eat;  There may be no Major League Baseball season;  Progress made on treatment drugs;  Beijing continues tightening controls as more new cases emerge;  Coronavirus:  U.S. Coronavirus cases more than 2,208,400 with over 119,130  deaths;  Global cases more than 8,263,720 with over 446,120 deaths.
 

 

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