February 6 in Pop Culture History

February 6th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

February 6th History Highlights

  • 1778 – In Paris, the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce were signed by the United States and France signaling thr official recognition of the United States.
  • 1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants departed New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.
  • February 6, 1950 Birthday (fictional) Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter
  • 1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the British Throne.
  • 1959 – At Cape Canaveral, Florida, a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile had the first successful test firing.
  • If you were born on February 6th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… May 16th (prior year)

Pay a Compliment Day

Do you ever feel like the world is just too negative? It seems that everywhere we turn, someone is complaining or being rude. Well, today is the day to turn all of that around! Today is Pay-a-Compliment Day, a day where we should give genuine and soulful compliments to everyone we encounter.

This holiday was created by Adrienne Koopersmith on February 6th, 1995. She noticed on a cold Chicago day that someone who wasn’t at a bus stop was frantically waving at the bus she was on, hoping that it would stop; the bus driver stopped and let the person on. When Koopersmith exited the bus, she complimented the driver on how nice it was that he had stopped. Koopersmith then went home and decided to make the holiday.

So, what is a genuine and soulful compliment? A genuine compliment is something that comes from the heart; it’s honest and meaningful. A soulful compliment is one that touches the other person’s spirit; it’s heartfelt and compassionate. Today, let’s take the time to give these kinds of compliments to everyone we meet. Let’s make someone’s day a little bit brighter, just by telling them how wonderful they are!

Some ideas for giving great, sincere compliments:

  • You have beautiful eyes.
  • I love your smile.
  • Your hair looks so pretty today.
  • You’re such a kind person.
  • I appreciate how you always help others.
  • You’re one of the most talented people I know.
  • Thank you for being there for me when I needed someone.

So, what are you waiting for? Spread some love and joy today by giving great compliments to everyone you meet!
Happy Pay-a-Compliment Day! :


February 6th is…

Bob Marley Day in Jamaica and Ethiopia
Frozen Yogurt Day
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Lame Duck Day
Pay a Compliment Day

February 6th Birthday Quotes

“I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”
– Babe Ruth

“I’ve married a few people I shouldn’t have, but haven’t we all?”
– Mamie Van Doren

“I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”
– Ronald Reagan

“One love, One heart, Let’s get together and feel alright.”
– Bob Marley

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
– Babe Ruth

“They’re Greaat!”
-Thurl Ravenscroft, as Tony The Tiger

“The practical value of history is to throw the film of the past through the material projector of the present on to the screen of the future.”
– Henry Liddell

“I’ve never acted my age and I never will. It’s just the way I’ve always been.”
– Mamie Van Doren

“I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.”
– Zsa Zsa Gabor

February 6th Birthdays

1756 – Aaron Burr, American colonel and politician (died in 1836)
1811 – Henry Liddell, English priest, author, and academic (died in 1898)
1820 – Thomas C. Durant, American railroad tycoon (died in 1885)
1833 – J.E.B. Stuart, USA & CSA American general (died in 1864)
1895 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player and coach (died in 1948)
1911 – Ronald Reagan, American actor and politician, 40th President of the United States (died in 2004)
1912 – Eva Braun, German wife of Adolf Hitler (died in 1945)
1913 – Mary Leaky, English paleoanthropologist (died in 1996)
1914 – Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (died in 2005)
1917 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (died in 2016)
1922 – Patrick Macnee, English-American actor (died in 2015)
1931 – Rip Torn, American actor (died in 2019)
1931 – Mamie Van Doren, American actress and model
1939 – Mike Farrell, American actor and activist
1940 – Tom Brokaw, American journalist
1941 – Gigi Perreau, American actress
1942 – Tommy Roberts, English fashion designer (died in 2012)
1943 – Fabian Forte, American actor and singer
1950 – Natalie Cole, American singer-songwriter (died in 2015)
1957 – Kathy Najimy, American comedic actress
1958 – Barry Miller, American actor
1962 – Axl Rose, American singer-songwriter
1966 – Rick Astley, English singer-songwriter
1977 – Josh Stewart, American actor
1982 – Alice Eve, English actress
1985 – Kris Humphries, American basketball player
1993 – Tinashe, American singer-songwriter

February 6th History

60 – The earliest known reference to a single day of the week (Sunday) in Pompeii.

1788 – Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution.

1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore.

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

1891 – The Dalton Gang’s first attempt at train robbery failed. Bob, Grat, and Bill Dalton unsuccessfully tried to rob a Southern Pacific train near Alila, California.

1919 – The American Legion was founded.

1926 – The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.

1928 – A woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrived in New York City. In 1991, DNA evidence indicated she was not the Russian princess.

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect, making the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

1937 – John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men was published.

1951 – The Broker, a Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train, derailed near Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, killing 85 people and injured over 500 more.

1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the British throne.

1959 – The first patent for an integrated circuit (computer chip) was filed by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments.

1959 – At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.

1965 – #1 Hit February 6, 1965 – February 19, 1965: Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

1971 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. He said it went for “miles and miles.”

1978 (Blizzard) The Blizzard of 1978 – One of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.

1982 – #1 Hit February 6, 1982 – March 19, 1982: The J. Geils Band – Centerfold

1985 – The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime, or orange.

1988 – #1 Hit February 6, 1988 – February 19, 1988: Tiffany – Could’ve Been

1998 – Washington National Airport was renamed the Ronald Reagan National Airport.

2000 – First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York.

2005 – American Dad premiered on FOX

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

It is said that Batman can beat anyone with prep time. The same can be said for Kevin from home alone.

Kurt Cobain recorded a theme for The Ren & Stimpy Show, but Nickelodeon rejected it.

If there are an infinite amount of alternate universes, then there must be an alternate universe in which somebody figured out how to destroy all other alternate universes and already did so. And, there must be another guy from another universe who stopped him.

Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire.

If you had windshield wipers on your glasses you would think you’re the coolest person ever, but everyone else would think you look like an idiot. #neveragain

Biggest film of 1992: Aladdin (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $217,000,000

While prostitution is legal in Queensland Australia, advertising said services by skywriting is not.

TV Quotes… “I’m Rick James, bitch!” (Dave Chappelle as Rick James) on Chappelle’s Show.

Anakin did bring balance to the force. First, there were hundreds of Jedi and a couple of Sith. Afterward, there were a couple of Jedi and a couple of Sith.

“Hasta la vista, baby.” – The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991

Flavours are the colours of the tongue. (UK)

Flavors are the colors of the tongue. (US)

“I’ll die if I miss Scooby-Doo!” – Neil #TVQuotes

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