June 4 in Pop Culture History

June 4 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

June 4 History Highlights

  • 1783 – The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrated their montgolfière (hot air balloon).
  • 1896 – Henry Ford completed the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile.
  • 1939 – The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, was denied permission to land in the United States.
  • 1942 – The Battle of Midway took place June 4-7.
  • If you were born on June 4th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 11th (prior year)

Old Maids Day

From the time of her first gathering in 1948, Marion Richards has been an advocate for single women. Known as “Old Maids” during Richard’s generation, these members of society made major contributions to offices and churches while also caring for their families at home. In this way they were vital–but Richard wanted them recognized with a day dedicated solely to themselves: Old Maid’s Day!

Richards hoped would it be known worldwide as “The First Annual International Old-Maid Celebration.” The day was designed by Ms.Richards who sought recognition from all old maids everywhere on earth that it is okay not to be married or having children; and that they are valued contributors to society.

June 4 is…

Cheese Day
Hug Your Cat Day
Old Maids Day

June 4 Birthday Quotes

“When something happens to you, you either let it defeat you or you defeat it.”
– Rosalind Russell

“You can either give in to negative feelings or fight them, and I’m of the belief that you should fight them.”
– Ruth Westheimer

“The revolution that’s required isn’t a revolution of radical ideas, but the implementation of ideas we already have.”
– Russell Brand

“Change is growth; love is never lost.”
– Wendy Pini

“The people I worked with were bigger than life. Once you put them on the screen, they were huge.”
– Bruce Dern

“My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out.”
– Ruth Westheimer

June 4 Birthdays

1907 – Rosalind Russell, American actress (died in 1976)
1928 – Ruth Westheimer, German-American therapist and author
1936 – Bruce Dern, American character actor
1944 – Michelle Phillips, American singer-songwriter and actress
1951 – Wendy Pini, American comic book author and illustrator
1964 – Sean Pertwee, English actor
1971 – Noah Wyle, American actor
1975 – Russell Brand, English comedian and actor
1978 – Robin Lord Taylor, American actor
1987 – Mollie King, English singer-songwriter and model
2004 – Mackenzie Ziegler, American dancer

June 4 History

1784 – Elisabeth Thible was the first woman to fly in an untethered hot air balloon, flying for about 45 minutes.

1812 – Following Louisiana’s admittance as a US state, the Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory.

1876 – The Transcontinental Express arrived in San Francisco, California, in only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.

1895 – Joseph Lee was issued a patent (#540,553) for a “breadcrumbing machine”

1912 – Massachusetts became the first state of the United States to call for a minimum wage, although it was non-specific, and for children under 18 and women.

The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded:
Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall received the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe).
Jean Jules Jusserand received the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days.
Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.

1919 – The US Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed voting for women, and sent it to the individual states for ratification.

1937 – The first shopping carts were introduced at the Humpty Dumpty Supermarket in Oklahoma City, created by the store’s owner, Sylvan Goldman.

1957 – The first U.S. commercial long-distance coal slurry pipeline, 108 miles long, began delivery from a coal mine, from the Georgetown Preparation Plant of the Hanna Coal Company in Cadiz, Ohio, to the Cleveland Illuminating Company power station, in Eastlake, Ohio.

1974 – During a ‘Ten Cent Beer Night’ inebriated Cleveland Indians fans started misbehaving, causing the game to be forfeited to the Texas Rangers.

1976 – ‘The gig that changed the world.’ A few dozen people saw the debut of the Sex Pistols at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England

1986 – Jonathan Pollard pled guilty to espionage for selling top-secrets United States military intelligence to Israel.

1989 – The ‘Tank Man’ halted the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

1998 – Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

#1 Hit – June 4, 2005 – July 1, 2005: Mariah Carey – We Belong Together

June 4, 2011 (fiction) The Hulk and Abomination fight and ‘break’ Harlem, Marvel Cinematic Universe.

#1 Hit – June 4, 2016August 5, 2016: Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla – One Dance

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

First Law of Cartoon Physics: Gravity doesn’t work until you look down.

A slap on the back of the hand means “Bad job”. A slap on the other side means “Good job”.

“Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.” – Neil Gaiman

The first country to recognize the US as an independent country was Morocco.

The monster that attacked Luke in the trash compactor in Star Wars was a ‘dianoga.’

French fries weren’t actually first made in France. They were made in Belgium.

“Dammit….Don’t you dare ask God to help me – Joan Crawford” (to her maid who had begun to pray) #LastWords

Tim Burton’s professional directorial debut and Danny Elfman’s film-scoring debut happened on the same film- “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”.

Alfred E. Neuman is Mad Magazine’s ‘mascot.’

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) #moviequotes

A large disorganized group of People is called a Mob.

Coca-Cola operates in 206 countries, more than the United Nations.

Dip n Dots have been the “ice cream of the future” for like 30 years… Shouldn’t it just be ice cream by now?

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