Food & History: April 16
1941 The original Elsie the Cow dies. She was originally a cartoon character appearing in ads for Borden Milk. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, when people began asking where Elsie was, Borden’s picked a cow and it stared in commercials, and in an RKO movie, ‘Little Men.’ Elsie was injured in a truck accident in 1941 and had to be put to sleep. She is buried in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
1996 Oprah Winfrey airs a segment about mad cow disease. A group of Texas cattle ranchers sued Winfrey for her comments but lost the suit.