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This Day in Pop Culture for January 31


1930: 3M Begins Marketing of Scotch Tape

Most of us are aware that “Scotch” is a brand name of the 3M company, but just about as many of us refer to any adhesive tape as “scotch tape.” But it turns out that there might be another reason why we do that. On this day in 1930, 3M began marketing their tape “Scotch” – here’s why. The term “scotch” was used to describe “stingy” back in the 1920’s. Richard Drew, developer of a new transparent material known as cellophane was testing his first masking tape to see how much adhesive it needed. Apparently, a bodyshop painter was frustrated with the sample tape and said something like “Take this tape back to those scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it.” The name stuck.

1962: The First Backward Day?

While the National Backward Day is well-known to school kids everywhere and is celebrated on this day, it is unclear exactly how it came about. Rumor has it that two friends, Megan Emily Scott and Sarah Nicole Miller, were busy milking cows and were throwing around some fun ideas to and came up with the idea for Backward Day. Soon, word got out among their community and the first national version of the day tookplace.


  • 1919: Jackie Robinson (baseball player)
  • 1921: Carol Channing (actress)
  • 1927: Norm Prescott (animator)
  • 1929: Jean Simmons (actress)
  • 1937: Suzanne Pleshette (actress)
  • 1970: Minnie Driver (actress)
  • 1973: Portia de Rossi (actress)
  • 1977: Kerry Washington (actress)
  • 1981: Justin Timberlake (singer)

Other Events

  • 1949 – These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera, is broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.
  • 2012 – The Toyota Corolla is known as the best-selling car of all time. Selling over 37.5 million units.
  • 2018 – Both a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse occur.

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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