November 6 in Pop Culture History

November 6th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 6th History Highlights

  • November 6, 1983 (fiction) Will Byers disappeared in Hawkins, Indiana, Stranger Things, TV
  • Television’s Meet The Press premiered (NBC) in 1947. The show debuted on radio in 1945
  • Good Morning America premiered (1975) on ABC
  • The Phil Donahue Show premiered in 1967. By 1970, the show was national. It was the first “talk show” as we know them today.
  • If you were born on November 6th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… February 13th (same year)

November 6th is…

Marooned Without a Compass Day
National Nachos Day
Saxophone Day
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, since 2001

November 6th Birthday Quotes

“Me, I shall be an autocrat, that is my trade, and The Good God will forgive me, that is His.”
– Catherine the Great (died November 6, 1796)

“Never blame anyone in your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience. The worst people give you a lesson. And the best people give you memories.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you’ve never been hurt. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.
John Philip Sousa

“Ain’t no chance if you don’t take it.”
– Guy Clark

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”
– Zig Ziglar

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”
– Zig Ziglar (more)

John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa performed, and wrote, the first number-one song, on any American Music Chart, Semper Fidelis, the Marine Corps Anthem in 1890. He was the leader of the U.S. Marine Band, who performed it.

The second #1 hit (also by Sousa) was The Washington Post March. He made the third number-one hit on the charts with The Thunderer. It’s a Fourth of July must-play, typically at the start of a fireworks display. He left to start his own band in 1892. After he left, The US Marine Band recorded was to become his 4th number one record, The Liberty Bell.

In 1969, 6 guys in England used The Liberty Bell to be their TV theme. Those Guys Were Monty Python; its The Monty Python’s Flying Circus Theme. Sousa made 4 Songs, all number-one hits, over 120 years ago, that most Americans still know today. His idea of writer vs performer for payment also influenced the way we credit and pay copyright owners today, for both recordings and radio. Before that, writers just got paid for each copy of sheet music they sold, not recordings.

He also wrote a novel called The Fifth String, about a young violinist makes a deal with the Devil for a magic violin with five strings. He truly understood the music business…

National Saxophone Day

National Saxophone Day is a day to celebrate the birth of Adolphe Sax, who invented many instruments, including this popular woodwind. He constructed them in sizes ranging from sopranino (a higher tone) down through contrabass, where we have our lowest note on earth – bass! National Saxophone Day is celebrated on February 6th, the birthday of Adolphe Sax. This date was chosen to tribute one of history’s most influential and innovative instrument makers.
Adolphe Sax was born in Belgium in 1814 and began making instruments at a young age. His most famous invention is the saxophone, which he patented in 1846. The saxophone quickly gained popularity and was used in military bands, orchestras, and popular music ensembles. Sax continued to invent new instruments throughout his life, including the bass saxophone and the saxotromba. He died in 1894, but his legacy continues through the many musicians who continue to play his instruments today. National Saxophone Day is a day to celebrate Adolphe Sax and his contributions to music.
It is also a day to celebrate the saxophone and its place in music history. There are many ways to celebrate National Saxophone Day.
Here are a few ideas:
  • Play some saxophone! If you don’t know how, now is the time to learn. There are many online resources and lessons available.
  • Listen to some saxophone music. There are many different genres of music that feature the saxophone. Find a style that you like and listen to some of your favorite artists.
  • Go to a concert or festival. Many cities host saxophone-focused concerts and festivals on National Saxophone Day. Check local listings to see what’s happening in your area.
  • Support a local musician. Many talented saxophonists are making a piece of living playing music. Buy their album, go to their shows, and spread the word about their music.
  • Donate to a music education program. One of the best ways to support National Saxophone Day is to donate to a local music education program. This will help ensure that future generations have access to quality music education.
  • OR, you can celebrate National Saxophone Day by enjoying the music of this beautiful instrument!

November 6th Birthdays

1753 – Jean-Baptiste Bréval, French cellist and composer (died in 1823)
1755 – Stanislaw Staszic, Polish philosopher, poet, and geologist (died in 1824)
1814 – Adolphe Sax, Belgian-French instrument designer (invented the saxophone, died in 1894)
1851 – Charles Dow, American journalist, and economist (died in 1902)
1854 – John Philip Sousa, American commander, composer, and conductor (died in 1932)
1861 – James Naismith, Canadian YMCA coach (invented basketball, died in 1939)
1892 – Harold Ross, American journalist, and publisher, co-founded The New Yorker (died in 1951)
1900 – Ida Lou Anderson, American orator, and professor (a pioneer in the field of radio broadcasting, died in 1941)
1914 – Jonathan Harris, American actor (died in 2002)
1916 – Ray Conniff, American composer, and conductor (died in 2002)
1926 – Zig Ziglar, American soldier, businessman, and author (died in 2012)
1931 – Mike Nichols, German/American performer (EGOT winner, died in 2014)
1938 – P.J. Proby, American Singer/Songwriter, and actor
1941 – Guy Clark, American Singer/Songwriter, guitarist, and producer (died in 20
1945 – Lani Hall, American singer, lyricist, author, and producer
1946 – Sally Field, American actress
1948 – Sidney Blumenthal, American journalist, and activist
1948 – Glenn Frey, American Singer/Songwriter, guitarist, and actor (died in 2016)
1954 – Catherine Crier, American journalist, and judge
1955 – Maria Shriver, American journalist, and author
1957 – Lori Singer, American actress
1958 – Trace Beaulieu, American actor, puppeteer, producer, and screenwriter
1966 – Peter DeLuise, American actor, and director
1970 – Ethan Hawke, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1972 – Thandie Newton, English actress and singer
1972 – Rebecca Romijn, American model, and actress
1976 – Pat Tillman, American football player and soldier (died in 2004)
1988 – Emma Stone, American actress

November 6th History

1572 – A supernova was observed in a constellation known as Cassiopeia. Queen Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus, King of Aethiopia, and mother of Princess Andromeda in Greek mythology.

1789 – Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He is also known as the founder of Georgetown University.

1860 – Abraham Lincoln (R-Ill) was elected 16th American President. His election prompted seven southern slave states to form the Confederacy before he took the office.

1861 – Jefferson Davis was elected to a 6-year term as Confederate president. After the war was over, Davis was captured and he was accused of treason but was not tried and was released after two years.

1862 – The direct telegraphic link between New York and San Francisco was established.

1869 – First intercollegiate football (soccer) game (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4). There were two games that season, and each team won one game. At that time, American Football was closer to the game of rugby.

1947 – Meet the Press was first televised as a local program in Washington DC. Meet the Press began on radio in 1945 as American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press.

1954 – #1 Hit November 6, 1954 – November 12, 1954: Rosemary Clooney – This Ole House

1961 – #1 Hit November 6, 1961 – December 10, 1961: Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John

1962 – The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s apartheid policies and called for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.

1965 – #1 Hit November 6, 1965 – November 19, 1965: The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud

1965 – Cuba and the United States formally agreed to begin an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States.

1971 – #1 Hit November 6, 1971 – November 19, 1971: Cher – Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves

1975 – First appearance of the Sex Pistols in the UK.

1975 – Good Morning America premiered on ABC

1976 – #1 Hit November 6, 1976 – November 12, 1976: Steve Miller Band – Rock’n Me

1982 – #1 Hit November 6, 1982 – November 26, 1982: Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong

1990 – Arsenio Hall earned his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Joanne Woodward, Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, and Ernest Torrence were the first to get stars, in 1956.

1993 – #1 Hit November 6, 1993 – December 10, 1993: Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)

2001 – 24 premiered on FOX – Starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer.

2005 – Broadway Show – Jersey Boys (Musical) November 6, 2005

2012 – US territory Puerto Rico voted to become a US State.

2012 – Tammy Baldwin (D) became the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

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Politics: Poly (many) + ticks (bloodsucking parasites

US President #26 Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) Teddy, who had the famous Teddy Bears named after him, was the youngest man to hold the office. He was the Vice President when US President #24, McKinley, was assassinated. He was also the first President to ride in a car, in 1902.

270 scientists re-ran 100 studies published in the top psychology journals in 2008. Only half of the studies could be replicated successfully.

The Capital of Gabon is Libreville

“Go ahead, make my day.” – Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in Sudden Impact, 1983

“Knowledge is half the battle. The application of knowledge is the other half.” – Gary Borthwick

The world’s oldest known creature, 507-year-old Ming the Mollusk, was mistakenly killed by scientists in 2013. #science

Tammy Wynette – Real Name: Wynette Pugh

The third leading cause of death in America – behind heart disease and cancer – is a medical error, claiming 251,000 lives each year, higher than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

The Capital of France is Paris

Anyone can be the Disputed World Heavyweight Champion of the World.

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