December 12 in Pop Culture History

December 12th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

December 12th History Highlights

  • 1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sent the first Atlantic wireless (radio) transmission (three beeps) from Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada.
  • 1913 – Originally stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris on August 11, 1911: Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Mona Lisa was recovered from Vincenzo Peruggia.
    He was sentenced to 14 months in jail.
  • December 12, 1972 Birthday (fictional) Charlie Weasley, Harry Potter
  • 2015 – Paris Agreement relating to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted.
  • If you were born on December 12th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 20th (same year)

December 12th is…

Gingerbread House Day
Guadalupe Day
National Ambrosia Day
National Ding-A-Ling Day
National Poinsettia Day

December 12th Birthday Quotes

“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
– Edvard Munch

“You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it’s good for one’s self-respect to be a punching bag.”
– Ed Koch

“I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.”
– Edvard Munch

“I don’t want to say everything happens for a reason, but every day is lined up right next to the other one for a reason. The best you can do is do each day well with kindness and as a good person.”
– Mayim Bialik

“The best revenge is massive success.”
– Frank Sinatra

“Without anxiety and illness, I should have been like a ship without a rudder.”
– Edvard Munch

“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.”
– Frank Sinatra

December 12th Birthdays

1805 – Henry Wells, American businessman, co-founder of Wells Fargo and American Express (died in 1878)
1863 – Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter, and illustrator (died in 1944)
1893 – Edward G. Robinson, American actor (died in 1973)
1915 – Frank Sinatra, American singer, and actor (died in 1998)
1923 – Bob Barker, American game show host
1924 – Ed Koch, American politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (died in 2013)
1938 – Connie Francis, American singer, and actress
1943 – Dickey Betts, American singer-songwriter
1943 – Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter, and saxophonist (died in 1999)
1947 – Wings Hauser, American actor
1949 – Bill Nighy, English actor
1952 – Cathy Rigby, American gymnast
1957 – Sheila E. (Sheila Cecelia Escovedo), American singer-songwriter and drummer
1975 – Mayim Bialik, American actress
1994 – Otto Warmbier, American student imprisoned in North Korea (died in 2017)
1996 – Lucas Hedges, American actor

December 12th History

1787 – Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

December 12, 1872 Birthday (fictional) Henry Jones, Sr, Indiana Jones, Film

1917 – Father Edward J. Flanagan founded Boy’s Town in Omaha, Nebraska.

1925 – The Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, California (between Los Angeles to San Francisco) opened as the first motel. The word Motel is a combination of the words ‘Motorist’ and ‘Hotel.’

1953 – Chuck Yeager established the speed record (Mach 2.5) record flying a Bell X-1A, a slightly larger, but a much-modified version of the Bell X-1

1964 – #1 Hit December 12, 1964 – December 18, 1964: Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely

1967 – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Houghton, opened in theaters.

1970 – #1 Hit December 12, 1970 – December 25, 1970: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Tears of a Clown

1980 – Leonardo da Vinci’s Leicester Codex was sold to Armand Hammer for $5.12 million. Bill Gates later bought it from the Hammer Estate for 30.8 million in 1994.

1986 – The Golden Child, King King Lives, and Three Amigos debuted in theaters.

1987 – #1 Hit December 12, 1987 – January 8, 1988: George Michael – Faith

1989 – 69-year-old Leona Helmsley, the “Queen of Mean”, received a four-year prison sentence, along with750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York.

2003 – Keiko the Orca (or killer whale), star of the Free Willy movies died in his home of Taknes fjord, in Norway.

2008 – The Day the Earth Stood Still and Gran Torino debuted in theaters.

2012 – 12/12/12/ The Concert for (Hurricane) Sandy Relief took place at Madison Square Garden.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

What did one snowman say to the other snowman?
“Do you smell carrots?”

What to do: Don’t kill anyone while committing a crime, even accidentally.

The time zone used on the International Space Station is “Coordinated Universal Time” (UTC), which is equivalent to GMT.

The Capital of The Bahamas is Nassau

TV Quotes… “Norm!” (cast) on Cheers.

A group of Scorpions is called a Bed or Nest.

There are more species of beetles than species of plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and roundworms combined.

A 2×4 lumber has the dimensions 1.5×3.5 inches.

“You don’t have to do something every day that scares you. There’s no fun in being terrified. Do one thing every day that makes you happy.” – Jodi Ann Bickley

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

The reason school buses are required to stop at all railroad crossings is because of a 1938 accident in South Jordan/Sandy, UT.

During the filming of “Katchoo” for The Brady Bunch, when Jan is thought to be allergic to the family dog, Tiger, was taken for a walk and killed by a driver between takes. The trainer then went through local animal shelters to find a dog that resembled Tiger enough to finish taping.

The Capital of Azerbaijan is Baku

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