June 20 in Pop Culture History

June 20 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

June 20 History Highlights

  • 1782 – Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.
  • 1837- Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.
  • 1863 – West Virginia was admitted as the 35th US state.
  • If you were born on June 20th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 27th (prior year)

Ice Cream Soda (Float)

The original invention of an iced dessert can be credited to one man in 1874 by Robert McCay Green, during the Franklin Institute semicentennial (200th anniversary) celebration where it caused such sensation amongst all those who were present at their demonstration with people running up afterward asking for more. On a hot day, Mr.Green ran out of ice and went to get some from his neighboring vendor- but he couldn’t find any there either, so he used what he had in hand. He used vanilla ice cream instead of ice and this became the first soda/frozen treat on the planet.

Several other claim credit for the creation – invention. Fred Sanders, Philip Mohr, and George Guy, one of Robert Green’s own employees). The first known mention of an “ice cream soda” was also in 1874, when Fred Sanders wrote about his new concoction which consisted mainly of vanilla syrup, strawberry syrup, or raspberry syrup, carbonated water, and crushed iced.

June 20 is…

American Eagle Day
Ice Cream Soda Day
Vanilla Milkshake Day
World Juggling Day

June 20 Birthday Quotes

“Soul is a feeling, not a color.”
– Lionel Richie

“It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper.
– Errol Flynn

“Don’t be told something is impossible. There’s always a way.”
– Robert Rodriguez

“I think in terms of emotions. And feelings. So sometimes what I say may not always be clear. But creatively, there’s a lot to be said for that way of thinking.”
– Brian Wilson

“Relax. Just relax and have fun doing what you’re doing. Don’t worry so much about being results-oriented. Just commit yourself to the moment.”
– John Goodman

“All artists are egotistical maniacs with inferiority complexes.”
– Lionel Richie

June 20 Birthdays

1909 – Errol Flynn, Australian-American actor (died in 1959)
1925 – Audie Murphy, American lieutenant and actor, Medal of Honor recipient (died in 1971)
1933 – Danny Aiello, American actor (died in 2019)
1942 – Brian Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer
1946 – Bob Vila, American television host
1949 – Lionel Richie, American singer-songwriter
1952 – John Goodman, American actor
1967 – Nicole Kidman, American-Australian actress
1968 – Robert Rodriguez, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1986 – Dreama Walker, American actress
1989 – Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor

June 20 History

1214 – The University of Oxford received its Royal charter.

1782 – Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States, with the Bald Eagle clutching both an olive branch and thirteen arrows.

1837 – Queen Victoria, age 18, ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV. She ruled for 63 years to 1901.

1840 – Samuel Morse received the patent (#1647) for the telegraph.

1893 – Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.

June 20, 1921 Birthday (fictional) Edward Cullen, Twilight, Books/Film

1944 – The German experimental MW 18014 V-2 rocket reached an altitude of 176 km, becoming the first man-made object to reach outer space.

1945 – The United States Secretary of State approved the transfer of Wernher von Braun (and other Nazi rocket scientists) to America.

1948Toast of the Town, a variety series hosted by Ed Sullivan, premiered on CBS. It was later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.

1963 – The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a “hotline” communication system between the two nations.

1975 – Hollywood’s first major summer ‘must see’ blockbuster, Jaws, opened in theaters.

1981 #1 Hit June 20, 1981 – July 24, 1981: Stars on 45 – Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45

1987 #1 Hit June 20, 1987 – June 26, 1987: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam – Head to Toe

1992 #1 Hit June 20, 1992 – July 3, 1992: Mariah Carey – I’ll Be There

June 20, 2008Camp Rock aired on The Disney Channel

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Nothing really matters, to me. Any way the wind blows…” #songlyrics

Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle in 1905 when he was 11-years-old.

Whenever you see a youtube ad before a movie trailer, you are watching an advertisement just to watch an advertisement.

Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to be photographed.

Sean Connery should probably never do a Citi Bank commercial.

Our reaction to sneezing when encountering light is called Autosomal-dominant Compulsive Helio Ophthalmic Outbursts, also called ACHOO.

Jackie Robinson portrayed himself in The Jackie Robinson Story.

I wonder if I have ever listened to a song more times than the artist who wrote/recorded it.

When glass breaks, the cracks can move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour.

Tiny Tim – Real Name: Herbert Khaury

A handful of almonds is a sensible snack to throw in someone’s face and demand to know where the real snacks are.

The Jolly Green Giant totally stole Santa Claus’s catchphrase.

I’ve probably used my ‘w’ key more by pressing it instead of ‘e’ on accident than by using it on purpose.

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