December 14 in Pop Culture History

December 14th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

December 14th History Highlights

  • 1287 – St. Lucia’s flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapsed, killing over 50,000 people.
  • 1780 – Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany, New York. #hamilton
  • 1900 – Max Planck presented a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law. (Quantum Mechanics)
  • 1962 – NASA’s Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
  • 2017 – The Walt Disney Company announced plans that it would acquire 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox movie studio, for $52.4 billion.
  • If you were born on December 14th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 22nd (same year)

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December 14th is…

Monkey Day
National Bouillabaisse Day
Roast Chestnuts Day

Halcyon Days – Traditionally, the 7 days before and after before and after the Winter Solstice.

December 14th Birthday Quotes

“I had determined to go as far as declaring in abstruse and puzzling utterances the future causes of the “common advent”, even those truly cogent ones that I have foreseen. Yet lest whatever human changes may be to come should scandalize delicate ears, the whole thing is written in nebulous form, rather than as a clear prophecy of any kind.”
– Nostradamus

“Those who study the stars have God for a teacher.”
– Tycho Brahe

“If people don’t like me for whatever I do, for being me, then that’s too bad. I don’t want to change to be something that I’m not for other people to like me.”
– Vanessa Hudgens

“The mouse is wise, but the cat is wiser.”
-Tycho Brahe

“Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.”

December 14th Birthdays

1503 – Nostradamus French astrologer, seer, and physician (died in 1566)
1546 – Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (died in 1601)
1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor (died in 1996)
1911 – Spike Jones, American singer, and bandleader (died in 1965)
1922 – Don Hewitt, American journalist, and producer, creator of 60 Minutes (died in 2009)
1932 – Charlie Rich, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1995)
1935 – Lee Remick, American actress (died in 1991)
1946 – Jane Birkin, English-French actress, and singer
1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (died in 2016)
1965 – Ted Raimi, American actor
1988 – Vanessa Hudgens, American actress
1991 – Offset, American rapper

December 14th History

1287 – St. Lucia’s Flood, Netherlands

1656 – Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman, named Jacquin.

1819 – Alabama became the 22nd US State.

1852 – Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477) his “Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks in the Same Machine.” Prior to that screws were generally made with a flat tip. His machine made them pointy.

1900 – Max Planck demonstrated that energy can exhibit characteristics of physical matter, in certain situations, introducing quantum mechanics. Previously, the energy was considered a form only in wavelengths.

1902 – The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.

1903 – The Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They got it to work on December 17th.

1911 – Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole.

1940 – Plutonium (Pu-238) was first isolated at Berkeley, California.

1959 – #1 Hit December 14, 1959 – December 27, 1959: Guy Mitchell – Heartaches by the Number

1964 – In Heart of Atlanta Motel v. the United States: The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.

1968 – #1 Hit December 14, 1968 – January 31, 1969: Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine

1977Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, opened in theaters.

1984Dune, Starman, 1984, A Passage to India, and the Cotton Club debuted in theaters.

1986 – Voyager, the experimental aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world, in nine days.

1990 – Mermaids was released in theaters.

2001Vanilla Sky debuted in theaters.

2006 – King Kong debuted in theaters.

2007I Am Legend & Alvin and the Chipmunks debuted in theaters.

2012 – Adam Lanza entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, and shot 26 people, and then himself. 20 children were killed in the attack.

2012 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in theaters.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Did you know that Santa Claus has his own army? He keeps it in his sleevie.

“He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy!” – Brian’s mother #moviequotes

The city of Bangkok’s full name is in fact: ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit’

The Capital of Australia is Canberra

“Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.” – Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) in Now, Voyager, 1942

“Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.” – Will Rogers

The Church of Satan won’t give membership to convicted felons.

Pronoia, the opposite of paranoia, is the delusion that everyone is secretly plotting your success.

The 1928 classic The Passion of Joan of Arc was panned by the French government that commissioned it and a fire destroyed the negative, the original cut of the movie was thought to be lost forever, but a copy was found in a closet in an Oslo mental institution in 1981

The dot over a “j” or an “i” is called a “tittle.”

What if Beaker from the Muppets didn’t really speak in beeps, but was just so vulgar that every word he said was censored? Just like R2-D2.

Everyone knows the story of 789, but did you also hear that 3892?

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