ON THIS DAY: December 6, 2016

December 6th is


Microwave Oven Day *

National Miners’ Day *

Mitten Tree Day *

National Gazpacho Day


Pawnbroker’s Day


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Christianity – Feast Day of Saint Nicholas (patron saint of pawnbrokers)

Åland – Independence Dayinternational Flags

Canada – White Ribbon Day

Ecuador – Quito: Founding Day

Finland – Independence Day

Spain – Día de la Constitución Española

United States – Washington DC:
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting


On This Day in HISTORY

1534 – Sebastián de Belalcázar’s band of settlers founds the city of Quito in Ecuador

1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published

Encyclopædia Britannica.jpg

1774 – Austria became the first nation to introduce a state education system.

1790 – The U.S. Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia

1846 – The Berlioz opera La Damnation de Faust is debuts in Paris

1865 – The U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.

1877 – The first edition of  The Washington Post is published

1884 – The construction of the Washington Monument was completed by Army engineers, 34 years after construction started


1887 – Lynne Fontanne is born in Britain, Broadway stage and film star

1897 – London becomes the world’s first city with licensed taxicabs


1904 – Theodore Roosevelt articulates his “Corollary” to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove unstable

1907 – The worst mining disaster in American history kills 361 miners in Monongah WV; Miners’ Day * is sponsored by the Miners’ Day Memorial Association of West Virginia, recognized by Congress on December 6, 2009


1917 – Finland proclaims its independence from Russia

1921 – Piero Piccioni born,  Italian film score composer (Swept Away)

1922 – The Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion of Britain, is inaugurated one year to the day after the Anglo-Irish treaty is signed

1923 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first president whose presidential address is broadcast on radio

1926 – In Italy, Benito Mussolini introduces a tax on bachelors

1928 – The Columbian government troops put down a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths

1933 – U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules James Joyce’s Ulysses is not obscene


1939 – Cole Porter’s musical Du Barry Was a Lady opens on Broadway

1943 – Mike Smith born, English singer-songwriter of the Dave Clark Five

1945 – Percy Spenser, while working on a magnetron, notices its effect on food, and begins experiments that lead to his invention of the microwave oven, which he patented on this day – celebrated on Microwave Oven Day *

1947 – Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated by U.S. President Truman

1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita


1967 – Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the U.S.

1968 – The James Taylor Album is released in Britain

1969 – The Rolling Stones release their album Beggar’s Banquet

1973 – Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as U.S. vice-president after V-P Spiro Agnew resigns because of income tax evasion and bribery charges

1974 – George Harrison releases “Ding Dong, Ding Dong”

1985 – Tandy Corporation introduces a hand-held cellular phone that weighs 11 pounds and sells for $1.199.00

1989 – White Ribbon Day * commemorated in Canada on the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre (or Montreal Massacre) when Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murdered 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.

1991 – The movie Star Trek VI – Undiscovered Country premieres

1994 – Orange County, CA, one of the richest counties in the U.S, files for bankruptcy protection after investment losses of about $2 billion, becoming the largest municipality up to that time to file for bankruptcy

2006 – NASA reveals Mars Global Surveyor photographs suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars


2009 – The Mitten Tree, by Candace Chirstiansen, is published, which inspires Mitten Tree Day* to remind us warm clothing donations are needed for the less fortunate now



  • Gazpacho
  • Mitten Tree Day illustration
  • International Flags
  • 1768 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica 
  • Postcard of the Washington Monument circa 1885
  • Miners’ Day banner
  • Excerpt from John M Woolsey‘s ruling on James Joyce’s Ulysses
  • First page of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita
  • Mars Global Surveyor 200photo of the Mars surface


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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5 Responses to ON THIS DAY: December 6, 2016

  1. I had planned to go to the salt mines and microwave a pawn broker whilst eating some gazpacho under the mitten tree as is traditional for this time of year, but it seems there is so much more to celebrate. I just don’t know where to begin.

  2. There are times, in fact most of the time, I wish cell phones still weighed eleven pounds and cost more than a grand. That would solve a lot of society’s problems.

  3. wordcloud9 says:

    Thank you guys – I really needed some laughs to brighten my spirits today!
    – {;)

  4. pete says:

    I liked the Green Acres way. Go outside, climb a pole and the phone is at the top. And may god have mercy on telemarketers.

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