December 6 in Pop Culture History

December 6th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

December 6th History Highlights

  • 1897 – London became the world’s first city license taxicabs.
  • December 6, 1928 Birthday (fictional) Hagrid, Harry Potter
  • 1969 – The Altamont Free Concert, featuring Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Rolling Stones. It also had several deaths, and hundreds were injured. It was the focus of the 1970 documentary film titled Gimme Shelter.
  • Gerald Ford was sworn in as US Vice President in 1973.
  • If you were born on December 6th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 14th (same year)

Saint Nicholas Day

The American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas, derive from Saint Nicholas. “Santa Claus” is itself derived in part from the Dutch Sinterklaas, the saint’s name in that language. The modern Santa Claus grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas (March 15, 270 – December 6, 343), a fourth-century Greek bishop.

The first detailed description of St. Nicholas was by Washington Irving in the 1809 publication A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker. Irving’s description was the basis for the artist’s interpretation of Santa in 1821’s The Children’s Friend: A New-Year’s Present to the Little Ones from Five to Twelve. Then, in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore wrote ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (or A Visit from St. Nicholas). Moore’s account characterized Santa as a jolly old man who rides in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer and slides down chimneys to deliver gifts.

Thomas Nast is often credited with the original first-person drawing of Santa. He was apparently a smoker, possibly a paid endorsement- at that time people didn’t realize the dangers of smoking. In 1931 Santa began promoting Coca-cola, although no details of any official relationship has ever been announced. Today, Santa only endorses products that can’t hurt you like cookies and Coca-Cola.

National Microwave Oven Day

National Microwave Oven Day is celebrated on December 6th. No one is quite sure when the holiday was first founded, but it is now celebrated each year in the United States. 

Fun Facts About Microwave Ovens

  1. The first microwave was built in 1947 by Percy Spencer. It was about six feet tall and cost $5,000. 
  2. The first countertop microwave was released in 1967 in the United States.
  3. Today, about 90% of households in the US have a microwave.
  4. The countries with the highest levels of microwave ownership are Spain, Canada, South Africa, and the US. 
  5. Microwaves cook with friction. The foods’ molecules bump into each other, converting energy into heat. 

How to Celebrate National Microwave Oven Day
You could celebrate this holiday by upgrading your existing microwave or buying one for the first time if you don’t own one already. Here are a few other ways you can celebrate if you do not need a new microwave at the moment.

Try a New Microwave Recipe
You’re probably familiar with cooking microwave popcorn and heating up leftovers, but some creative recipes are made specifically to be cooked in the microwave. You could try microwave granola, microwave risotto, or microwave pizza in a mug. Almost any dish you can think of has a recipe that has been converted for microwave cooking. 

Serve Microwave Dessert
Did you know that you can make desserts in the microwave too? From cakes and cookies to fudge and cinnamon buns, there’s a microwave recipe to satisfy any sweet tooth. Microwave cake is a very fitting dessert to serve this National Microwave Oven Day.

Learn More About How Microwaves Work
The science of how microwaves heat our food is fascinating. To celebrate National Microwave Oven Day, you could take a deep dive into researching exactly how they heat food safely and quickly.

December 6th is…

International Sweater Day
Miner’s Day
Mitten Tree Day
National Gazpacho Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
National Microwave Oven Day
Put on Your Own Shoes Day
Saint Nicholas Day

December 6th Birthday Quotes

“It is stern work, it is perilous work, to thrust your hand in the sun And pull out a spark of immortal flame to warm the hearts of men: But Prometheus, torn by the claws and beaks whose task is never done, Would be tortured another eternity to go stealing fire again.”
– Joyce Kilmer

Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.
– Michael Masser and Linda Creed

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree
– Joyce Kilmer

“You drive. I’ve been hit!”
– George “Baby Face” Nelson

“Don’t try and fit your faith into your busy schedule, build your schedule around your faith.”
– Kenneth Copeland

“One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.”
Ira Gershwin

December 6th Birthdays

1886 – Joyce Kilmer, American soldier, author, and poet (died in 1918)
1887 – Joseph Lamb, American pianist, and composer (died in 1960)
1890 – Dion Fortune, Welsh occultist (died in 1946)
1896 – Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (died in 1983)
1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (died in 1974)
1908 – Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (died in 1934)
1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist, and composer (died in 2012)
1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (died in 1973)
1936 – Kenneth Copeland, American evangelist
1941 – Richard Speck, American serial killer (died in 1991)
1945 – Larry Bowa, American baseball player, and manager
1946 – Frankie Beverly, American singer-songwriter,
1948 – JoBeth Williams, American actress
1949 – Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (died in 1986)
1953 – Tom Hulce, American actor
1967 – Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter

13th Amendment

Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865. The 13th Amendment changed a portion of Article IV, Section 2

Section 1
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2
Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

December 6th History

1790 – The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.

1830 – The U.S. Naval Observatory, one of the oldest scientific agencies in the US, was established as the ‘Depot of Charts and Instruments’ in Washington, D.C.

1850 – Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-94) announced the invention the ophthalmoscope, to the Berlin Physical Society. It enabled doctors to see directly into a patient’s eye.

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, was ratified.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated the first sound recording, his reciting of ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’, at his Menlo Park, NJ Laboratory.

1877 – The Washington Post began publication.

1883 – Ladies’ Home Journal began publication.

1884 – The Washington Monument was completed.

1906 – The first aerial photographs of Stonehenge were shown at the Society of Antiquaries. 2nd Lieutenant Philip Sharpe of the Royal Engineers Balloon Section took them from a hydrogen balloon.

1907 – The Monongah Coal Mine Disaster killed 361 coal miners. It was the worst mining disaster in American history.

1933 – A federal judge ruled that James Joyce’s book, Ulysses, was not obscene

  1. Everglades National Park: Established on December 6, 1947, in Florida, this park spans 1,508 square miles. Known for its unique ecosystem, the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S., and diverse plant and animal life, including the endangered Florida panther and American crocodile.

1948 – Talent Scouts (Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts) premiered on CBS.

1957 – Vanguard rocket carrying the first US satellite blew up on the Cape Canaveral, Florida launch pad. It rose about four feet and collapsed.

1964Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debuted on NBC. The holiday tradition moved to CBS in 1972

1969 – #1 Hit December 6, 1969 – December 19, 1969: Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

1969 – Meredith Hunter was killed by ‘guards’ at the Altamont Music Festival.

1986 – #1 Hit December 6, 1986 – December 12, 1986: Peter Cetera and Amy Grant – The Next Time I Fall

1991 – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released in theaters.

December 6, 1992 (fiction) World War III began with an explosion in Japan, Akira, Manga

2002 – Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service after stealing more than $5,500 worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, California. She also paid restitution and a fine.

2003 – #1 Hit December 6, 2003 – December 12, 2003: Ludacris featuring Shawnna – Stand Up

2005 – Brokeback Mountain, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal was released in theaters.

2017 – Donald Trump’s administration officially announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A group of Wild Rabbits (Hares) is called a Down or Husk. A group of baby Rabbits is called a Litter or Nest.

David Bowie’s first TV appearance was in 1964 at the age of 17, but was not for his music; he was interviewed on the BBC’s Tonight show as the founder of ‘The Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men’.

“Well isn’t that special?” – Dana Carvey as the Church Lady (Saturday Night Live)

One of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages: Stonehenge, construction began ~2400 BC

Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park, felt his professor at Harvard was giving him unfair grades. To prove it he turned in a paper from George Orwell and received a B-.

Fiancée is the feminine form and Fiancé is the masculine form for engagements.

The Capital of Benin is Porto-Novo

TV Quotes… “No soup for you!” (The Soup Nazi) on Seinfeld.

A group of Rhinoceroses is called a Crash or Stubbornness.

You can lose a whole pound by playing ping pong for 12 hours. (From Snapple Facts)

A ship is designed to take you places, so if your friendship, companionship, partnership, or relationship isn’t taking you anywhere… abandon ship!

“Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.” – Uncle Buck (John Candy)

In the USA, they call the contiguous states the “Lower 48.” But of the 50 states, the southernmost point is in Hawaii and the northernmost point is in Alaska. So shouldn’t the contiguous states be the “Middle 48?”

Useless Pronunciation: C as in cadence

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