December 6 in Pop Culture History
|December 6th is…
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
Mitten Tree Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
St. Nicholas Day
Walt Disney Day
|National Microwave Day
Whether a microwave oven is a part of your day-to-day life or you’ve never owned one before, you can find a way to celebrate this amazing appliance on National Microwave Oven Day. Microwaves are often taken for granted, and this is the perfect opportunity to remember how much you appreciate being able to heat your food quickly.
1790 – The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
1830 – The U.S. Naval Observatory, one of the oldest scientific agencies in the US, was established as the ‘Depot of Charts and Instruments in Washington, D.C.
1850 – Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-94) announced the invention of the ophthalmoscope to the Berlin Physical Society. It enabled doctors to see directly into a patient’s eye.
1865 – The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, was ratified.
1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated the first sound recording, his reciting of ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’, at his Menlo Park, NJ Laboratory.
1883 – Ladies’ Home Journal began publication.
1884 – The Washington Monument was completed.
1906 – The first aerial photographs of Stonehenge were shown at the Society of Antiquaries. They were taken from a hydrogen balloon by 2nd Lieutenant Philip Sharpe of the Royal Engineers’ Balloon Section.
1907 – The Monongah Coal Mine Disaster killed 361 coal miners. It was the worst mining disaster in American history.
1933 – A federal judge ruled that James Joyce’s book, Ulysses, was not obscene
1947 – President Harry S Truman dedicated Everglades National Park in Florida. His “S” didn’t stand for a name.
1957 – Vanguard rocket carrying the first US satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It rose about four feet and collapsed.
1964 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debuted on NBC. The holiday tradition moved to CBS in 1972
1969 – #1 Hit December 6, 1969 – December 19, 1969: Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
1969 – Meredith Hunter was killed by ‘guards’ at the Altamont Music Festival.
1991 – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released in theaters.
2002 – Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service after stealing more than $5,500 worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, California. He also paid restitution and a fine.
2003 – #1 Hit December 6, 2003 – December 12, 2003: Ludacris featuring Shawnna – Stand Up
2005 – Brokeback Mountain, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, was released in theaters.