Skip to content

This Day in Pop Culture for April 6


(Star Kist)

1992: Sorry Charlie Day

Charlie the Tuna has been a mascot for Starkist tuna since 1961. He was created by Tom Rogers of the Leo Burnett advertising agency. In numerous animated commercials for the product, Charlie would try to convince fishermen that he was a fish of good taste but in reality, he didn’t taste good. Over and over again, Charlie would be rejected and the fishermen would send down a note that simply said, “Sorry, Charlie.” Cathy Runyan-Svacina appreciated that no matter how many times he was rejected, Charlie the Tuna continued to find approval and created the Sorry Charlie Day in 1992 which celebrates people who have been rejected and then lived to tell about it.

1947: The Tony Awards are Presented for the First Time

Bet you didn’t know that a Broadway “Tony” is short for “The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre.” (Perry was the co-founder of the American Theatre Wing) The very first ceremony was held on this day in 1947. Eleven awards were given out for that first ceremony with the prizes consisting of a scroll, cigarette lighter and articles of jewelry. The first Tony medallion wasn’t given out until 1949. Today, there are over 25 categories of awards. Most of them are given for Broadway productions, but one is given for regional theatre as well.

(Wikimedia)

Birthdays

  • 1937: Merle Haggard (singer)
  • 1937: Billy Dee Williams (actor)
  • 1947: John Ratzenberger (actor)
  • 1952: Marilu Henner (actress)
  • 1969: Paul Rudd (actor)
  • 1975: Zach Braff (actor)
  • 1976: Candace Cameron Bure (actress)
  • 1978: Tim Hasselbeck (football player)

Return to April page >>>

Jeffrey Totey View All

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: