December 14 in Pop Culture History
|December 14th is…
National Bouillabaisse Day
More Good Today Day
Roast Chestnuts Day
|National Screwdriver Day
A screwdriver is a popular alcoholic highball drink made with orange juice and vodka. Whether you’re a longtime fan or the screwdriver or want to try it out for the first time, December 14th is the day to enjoy it. However, you decide to celebrate National Screwdriver Day, be sure to do so responsibly.
1287 – St. Lucia’s Flood, Netherlands
1656 – A Frenchman named Jacquin first manufactured imitation pearls.
1852 – Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477) his “Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks in the Same Machine.” Before that, screws were generally made with a flat tip. His machine made them pointy.
1900 – Max Planck demonstrated that energy could exhibit characteristics of physical matter in certain situations, introducing quantum mechanics. Previously, energy was considered a form only in wavelengths.
1902 – The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable from San Francisco to Honolulu.
1911 – Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole.
1959 – #1 Hit December 14, 1959 – December 27, 1959: Guy Mitchell – Heartaches by the Number
1968 – #1 Hit December 14, 1968 – January 31, 1969: Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
1977 – Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, opened in theaters.
1984 – Dune, Starman, 1984, A Passage to India and the Cotton Club debuted in theaters.
1986 – Voyager, the experimental aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in nine days.
1990 – Mermaids was released in theaters.
2001 – Vanilla Sky debuted in theaters.
2006 – King Kong debuted in theaters.
2007 – I Am Legend & Alvin and the Chipmunks debuted in theaters.
2012 – Adam Lanza entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, and shot 26 people, and then himself. Twenty children were killed in the attack.
2012 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in theaters.
2019 – #1 Hit – December 14, 2019 – December 20, 2019: The Weeknd – Heartless