June 9 in Pop Culture History

June 9 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

June 9 History Highlights

  • 1934 – Donald Duck debuted in The Wise Little Hen.
  • 1959 – The first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the USS George Washington was launched.
  • 1973Secretariat won the US Triple Crown (The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes).
  • If you were born on June 9th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 16th (prior year)


Secretariat was one of the most successful and groundbreaking racehorses in history. He became a champion as soon at he began racing, winning his first two races against other horses before being sold for breeding purposes to Virginia’s Meadow Stables. The breeder then allowed Secretariat to be used by trainer Lucien Laurin so that they could train him for racetracks across North America where it is said he had 60 consecutive victories with only three second-place finishes.

American Thoroughbred racehorse, Secretariat is the ninth winner of America’s Triple Crown. He became a household name in 1973 when he won three consecutive races against some pretty tough contenders and then went on to win the “most prestigious” of all modern horse racing events: The Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths.

Secretariat, the horse with an estimated 22-pound heart passed away on October 4th, 1989 at 19 years old by euthanasia due to chronic Laminitis. He is one of few racehorses buried whole- usually, only heads and hooves are left in graves because they’re considered sacred after their successful races but Secretariat’s body was preserved for future generations to see his enormous size. At necropsy, he had a large heart 3 times as big as normal which may have contributed to him winning many more competitions than a horse with a normally-sized heart.

June 9 is…

Donald Duck Day
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

June 9 Birthday Quotes

“It is my great desire to reform my subjects, and yet I am ashamed to confess that I am unable to reform myself.”
– Peter the Great

“When you get older, you realize it’s a lot less about your place in the world but your place in you. It’s not how everyone views you, but how you view yourself.”
– Natalie Portman

“Destiny may ride with us today, but there is no reason for it to interfere with lunch.”
– Peter the Great

“The more I expect, the more unhappy I am going to be. The more I accept, the more serene I am.”
– Michael J. Fox

“Honesty is nothin’ compared to decency.”
– Jackie Mason

“You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.”
– Johnny Depp

June 9 Birthdays

1672 – Peter the Great, Russian emperor (died in 1725)
1768 – Samuel Slater, English-American engineer and businessman (died in 1835)
1891 – Cole Porter, American composer and songwriter (died in 1964)
1900 – Fred Waring, American singer, bandleader, and television host (died in 1984)
1915 – Les Paul, American guitarist and songwriter (died in 2009)
1929 – Johnny Ace, American singer and pianist (died in 1954)
1931 – Jackie Mason, American comedian and actor
1961 – Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor
1963 – Johnny Depp, American actor
1981 – Natalie Portman, Israeli-American actress

June 9 History

The Harvard Corporation, one of the two administrative boards of Harvard, was established. It was the first legal corporation in the Americas.

500 Mormons left Iowa City, Iowa, and headed west for Salt Lake City.

Horn & Hardart opened the first restaurant with vending machine service at the Automat Restaurant at 818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

William Jennings Bryan resigned as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United State’s handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Mount Bona – 16,500 ft (5,029 m) – Alaska, USA – First ascent: June 9, 1930, by Allen Carpé, Andrew Taylor, and Terris Moore

Donald Duck debuted in The Wise Little Hen.

June 9 Birthday (fictional) Donald Duck, Disney

John H. Kraft was granted his patent (#2,641,545) for the “manufacture of soft surface cured cheese”.

Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, called out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings, giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) opened its priesthood to “all worthy men”, ending a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men.

#1 Hit June 9, 1979June 29, 1979: Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out

The Sydney Ghost Train fire killed 7 people in Luna Park Sydney, Australia.

#1 Hit June 9, 1984 – June 22, 1984: Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

(Tornado) Belyanitsky, Ivanovo, and Balino, Russia

#1 Hit June 9, 1990June 15, 1990: Wilson Phillips – Hold On

‘Hollywood Madame’ Heidi Fleiss was arrested.

Married With Children television series came to an end on FOX.

Disney’s Cars was released in theaters.

#1 Hit June 9, 2007July 27, 2007: Rihanna featuring Jay-Z – Umbrella

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“If you can read, you can go anywhere.” – Ruth Burke

Lou Costello – Real Name: Louis Cristallo

It’s always uncomfortable loading someone else’s dishwasher. As if loading it a certain way could offend them.

Technically, Alaska is the most eastern, western, and northern state in the United States.

The Village People were formed when individuals answered an ad that read, “Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance And Have A Mustache.” #YMCA

A group of People at work are called Staff.

Useless Pronunciation: Y as in youth

David Patrick Kelly’s ‘Warriors, come out to play’ line in The Warriors (1979) was completely improvised.

If Jimmy cracked corn and no one cared, why is there a song about him? #Idontcare

“I want my MTV!” – MTV ad

An active group of people or animals is called a Throng.

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day isn’t scientifically supported health advice. These false facts were spread by Big Water.

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