January 6 in Pop Culture History

January 6th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

January 6th History Highlights

  • January 6, 1854 Birthday (fictional) Sherlock Holmes, Literature
  • 1536 – The first European school of higher learning in the Americas, Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco, was founded in Mexico City.
  • 1941 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address:
    Freedom of speech
    Freedom of worship
    Freedom from want
    Freedom from fear
  • 1952 – The Hallmark Hall of Fame (Hallmark Television Playhouse) television anthology series premiered.
  • If you were born on January 6th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… April 15th (prior year)

The Epiphany

January 6th is the Epiphany, when the Magi (the three wise men – Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar) officially arrived and it dawned on everyone that Jesus was, in fact, the Son of God. It is often credited as the day of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist.

January 6th is…

Apple Tree Day
Bean Day
Cuddle Up Day
National Shortbread Day
National Smith Day
Take a Poet To Lunch Day

January 6th Birthday Quotes

In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world. The second is the freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want… everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear… anywhere in the world. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
– Danny Thomas

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
– Khalil Gibran

All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why.
– Danny Thomas

Nothing happens unless first, we dream.
– Carl Sandburg

If I’d stayed at college I would have become a teacher.
– Syd Barrett

I am not afraid… I was born to do this.
– Joan of Arc

The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as an insult.
– Rowan Atkinson

January 6th Birthdays

1256 – Gertrude the Great (Saint Gertrude of Helfta), German saint (died ~ 1302)
1412 – Joan of Arc, French martyr and saint (died in 1431)
1878 – Carl Sandburg, American poet, and historian (died in 1967)
1880 – Tom Mix, American cowboy, and actor (died in 1940)
1883 – Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher (died in 1931)
1910 – Kid Chocolate, Cuban boxer (died in 1988)
1912 – Danny Thomas, American actor and humanitarian; founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (died in 1991)
1913 – Loretta Young, American actress (died in 2000)
1924 – Earl Scruggs, American banjo player, wrote Foggy Mountain Breakdown (died in 2012)
1925 – John DeLorean, American engineer, and businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company (died in 2005)
1926 – Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor, and bodybuilder (died in 2006)
1937 – Doris Troy, American singer-songwriter (died in 2004)
1938 – Adriano Celentano, Italian singer-songwriter, actor, and director, wrote Prisencolinensinainciusol
1940 – Van McCoy, American singer-songwriter and producer (died in 1979)
1944 – Bonnie Franklin, American actress (died in 2013)
1946 – Syd Barrett, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 2006)
1947 – Sandy Denny, English folk-rock singer-songwriter (d 1978)
1950 – Louis Freeh, American civil servant, 10th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
1953 – Malcolm Young, Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, AC/DC (died in 2017)
1955 – Rowan Atkinson, English comedic actor, Mr. Bean
1960 – Nigella Lawson, English chef, and author
1969 – Norman Reedus, American actor
1970 – Julie Chen, American television journalist
1984 – Kate McKinnon, American comedic actress
1987 – Arin Hanson, American YouTube Celebrity

January 6th History

1540 – King Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves.

1838 – Samuel Morse made the 1st public demonstration of the telegraph in New Jersey.

1839 – The Night of the Big Wind swept across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin.

January 6, 1854 Birthday (fictional) Sherlock Holmes, Literature

1912 – New Mexico became the 47th state.

1930 – The first diesel-powered automobile trip is completed, from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York, New York

1941 – FDR gave his “4 Freedoms” speech (speech, worship, from want and from fear)

1957 – Elvis Presley made his 7th (and final) appearance on Ed Sullivan Show

January 6, 19** Birthday (fictional) Commissioner James Gordon, Batman, DC Comics

1973 – #1 Hit January 6, 1973 – January 26, 1973: Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

1973 – ABC’s Schoolhouse Rock debuted with Multiplication Rock

1974 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time began nearly four months early in the United States.

1979 – #1 Hit January 6, 1979 – February 9, 1979: Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven

1994 – Olympic Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked when Tonya Harding’s husband and bodyguard hired Shane Stant to break her legs. Kerrigan finished in second place, Harding in 8th for the event.

1995 – Houseguest was released in theaters.

1996 – US Northeast Blizzard of 1996

January 6, 2004 – The Apple iPod mini (1st generation) was released.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus” = “Never tickle a sleeping dragon”

A group of Bloodhounds is called a Sute.

“Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred.” – James Bond (Sean Connery) #moviequotes

“This is the city …” – Sgt. Joe Friday (Dragnet)

TV Quotes… “Yabba dabba do!” (Fred Flintstone) on “The Flintstones”

“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.” #songlyrics

Dress well even for the small things- If you look good, you’ll feel good. Feel good, you’ll do well. Do well, you’ll succeed.

Audrey Hepburn – Real Name: Edda Hepburn Van Heemstra Ruston

In movies, they usually play the sound of thunder along with lightning – with no delay, regardless of how far away it is.

Hello Kitty has an identical twin sister named Mimmy.

A person carrying a personal memento of a loved one, such as a jewelry or photo, has no chance of returning alive. #moviecliches

If a pair of common housefly began reproduction in the month of April under optimal conditions, they could be progenitors of up to 191,010,000,000,000,000,000 flies by August.

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca, 1942

Biggest film of 1989: Batman (Action) earned ~ $251,000,000

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