June 29 in Pop Culture History

June 29 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

June 29 History Highlights

  • 1975 – Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of the Apple I computer.
  • 2007 – The Apple iPhone (1st generation) was released.
  • If you were born on June 29th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… October 6th (prior year)

Jayne Mansfield Aftermath – The ICC Bar

On June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield was in Biloxi, Mississippi, for an engagement at the Gus Stevens Supper Club. After two appearances on the evening of June 28, Mansfield, Sam Brody (her attorney and companion), their driver Ronnie Harrison (age 20), and three of her children – Miklós, Zoltán, and Mariska – left Biloxi after midnight in a 1966 Buick Electra 225.

Around 2 am on U.S. Highway 90 near the Rigolets Bridge in Louisiana, an insecticide fogged tractor-trailer that had been slowed behind a truck spraying mosquito fogger, there was an unfortunate crash between the Buick and said pesticide shrouded vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed (in excess of 55MPH), killing all three adults in the car.

After the death of Jayne Mansfield, a strong bar made of steel tubing was added to all tractor-trailers as an underride guard. The trucking industry slowly adopted this change in America and is sometimes known as “The Mansfield Bar” or “ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission) bumper.”

June 29 is…

Almond Butter Crunch Day
Camera Day

June 29 Birthday Quotes

“Let’s have the music that will open the door to millions of people… the kind of music that will not make people think only of the song or even of the singer… not music that is confined to the merely personal.”
– Nelson Eddy

“Fear is the dark room where the Devil develops his negatives.”
– Gary Busey

“Go out there and see where the world needs your touch. That kind of meaning not only makes you feel more connected to your environment on a local scale but also to yourself – whether you can operate from something beyond the definition that others might place on you.”
– Sharon Lawrence

“I don’t know, man. Look at me. I’ve changed. I’ve grown up. I’ve got a job, got a career… I drink coffee now.”
– Bret McKenzie

June 29 Birthdays

1793 – Josef Ressel, Czech-Austrian inventor, invented the propeller (died in 1857)
1901 – Nelson Eddy, American singer and actor (died in 1967)
1910 – Frank Loesser, American composer and conductor (died in 1969)
1919 – Slim Pickens, American actor and rodeo performer (died in 1983)
1943 – Little Eva, American singer (died in 2003)
1944 – Gary Busey, American actor
1961 – Sharon Lawrence, American actress
1967 – Melora Hardin, American actress
1976 – Bret McKenzie, New Zealand comedic actor, musician and songwriter

June 29 History

1613 – The Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground.

1889 – Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships voted to be annexed by Chicago, forming the largest United States city in the area and second-largest in population.

Olympic National Park: Established on June 29, 1938, in Washington, this park covers 1,442 square miles. Known for its temperate rainforests, glacier-capped mountains, and Pacific coastline.

1956 – The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.

1967 – Actress Jayne Mansfield died in a car crash on Interstate 90, east of New Orleans, Louisiana.

1974 #1 Hit June 29, 1974 – July 5, 1974: Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown

1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.

June 29, 19** (fiction) Krypto landed on Earth, Superman, DC Comics

1981 – On cable, TBS which was owned by Ted Turner introduced “Turner Time” on June 29, 1981. They started shows at 5 minutes after and/or 35 minutes past the hour. It would keep people tuned in to TBS, the biggest regular cable channel, instead of turning the channel and missing the beginning of other shows. They ended Turner Time in the late 1990s.

1995 – STS-71 Mission; Atlantis Space Shuttle docked with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.

1998 – The Lifetime Movie Network made its debut.

2002 #1 Hit June 29, 2002 – August 16, 2002: Nelly – Hot in Herre

2014 The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) self-declared their caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

I guess the largest size box of tampons you can buy is “queen size”. I can’t imagine a “king size.”

In the film Erin Brockovich, the real Erin Brockovich makes a cameo as a waitress named Julia R.

Despite making dozens of recordings of his voice on wax cylinders, no known recordings of Mark Twain’s voice are known to have survived.

“Old man take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you were.” #songlyrics

David Foster Wallace’s book The Pale King features a sentence that is 1,185 words in length.

People knocked on wood to request good luck from mystical creatures they believed lived in the trees or to distract spirits with evil intentions.

The first known written record with a name comes from a Sumerian accountant over 5000 years ago and states “A total of 29,086 measures of barley were received over the course of 37 months. Signed, Kushim.”

The Capital of Sao Tome and Principe is Sao Tome

The small bumps or ridges found on the F and J keys on a computer keyboard are to help users correctly position their left and right hands without having to look at the keyboard.

In biblical times, Noah warned people about a flood. In modern times, NOAA warns people about floods.

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

During my dream last night, I took nap. I’m 90% sure I was incepted.

“We’ll always have Paris.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca, 1942

The top 1% of bands and solo artists earn 77% of all revenue from recorded music.

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