Today in History 5 July

1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

1940 – World War II: The United Kingdom and the Vichy France government break off diplomatic relations. France is in full "collaborate” mode.

1943 – Beginning of the Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history and the world’s largest tank battle at Prokhorovka village. The Soviets lost three or four to every German, in tanks and men, but the Germans couldn’t afford those losses. The Soviets could.

1946 – The bikini is re-introduced in Paris, France (it was a Roman invention).

1951 – William Shockley invents the junction transistor. Vacuum tubes hang on, barely, in a few places. Curiously they’re popular in the fevered minds of a few deluded audiophiles. I'm one, Tubes ROCK!

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A Cooks tour

Every time I go to Paris (my 1st time was in 196 I go here:

Rue Coquillère 18-20
Paris (at les Halles)

Probable the best kitchen store there & a true mecca for very hard to find stuff. I think anyone who likes to cook would love a afternoon there.

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