April 6 in Pop Culture History
|April 6th is…
406 Day (in Montana)
Caramel Popcorn Day
Siamese Cat Day
Drowsy Driver Awareness Day
Fresh Tomato Day
Jump Over Things Day
New Beer’s Eve
Sorry Charlie Day
Table Tennis Day
National Teflon Day
648 BC – Earliest solar eclipse recorded by the Ancient Greeks.
1748 – Excavations began at Pompeii, covered by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1830 – Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church in Fayette Township, New York.
1852 – Edward Sabine announced that the 11-year sunspot cycle was “absolutely identical” to Earth’s geomagnetic cycle.
1895 – Oscar Wilde was arrested and later found guilty of being a homosexual and sentenced to two years of hard labor.
1896 – In Athens, the first modern Olympic Games was opened 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
1906 – The first animated cartoon, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, was copyrighted.
1930 – Hostess Twinkies snack cakes were invented by James ‘Jimmy’ A. Dewar at the Continental Baking Company in Chicago
1931 – Little Orphan Annie debuted on the Blue Network of NBC.
1936 (Tornado) Gainesville, Georgia.
1938 – Roy J. Plunkett and Jack Rebok accidentally discovered the chemical compound polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), later marketed as Teflon by DuPont.
1947 – The first Tony Awards were presented for theatrical achievement.
1957 – #1 Ht April 6, 1957 – April 12, 1957: Perry Como – Round And Round
1957 -Trolley cars in ended service in New York City.
1965 – Launch of Early Bird, the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit via NASA by the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company.
1966 – Hundred of children and their teachers reported seeing a UFO over Melbourne, Australia.
1973 – NASA launched Pioneer 11 to Jupiter and Saturn.
1974 – #1 Hit April 6, 1974 – April 12, 1974: Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
1974 – Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden. ABBA went on to pop music success for much of the 1970s.
1984 – The Gods Must Be Crazy, Moscow on the Hudson, Up The Creek and Hard To Hold were released in theaters.
1990 – Ernest Goes to Jail, The First Power, Cry-Baby and I Love You To Death debuted in theaters
1998 – Travelers and Citicorp merged (the merger was completed on October 8) forming Citibank.
1999 – Mamma Mia! (East End Musical) Opened on April 6, 1999
2001 – Along Came a Spider and Pokemon 3: The Movie were released in theaters.
2007 – Grindhouse debuted in theaters.