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This Day in Pop Culture for June 1

National Doughnut Day

1938: Happy National Doughnut Day

When American soldiers went to war in 1917, several women from the Salvation Army followed them to France to create a “home away from home” which included the female troop to darn socks, mend uniforms and create doughnuts from scratch. Years later on this day in 1938, the first National Doughnut Day was celebrated in Chicago as a way to raise money for the needy. Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June and is used more or less as a reason for people to snag a free doughnut at some local bakery.


2001: Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Debuts

Described as an “Australian–American jukebox musical romantic comedy film,” Moulin Rouge! debuted in American theaters on this day in 2001. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the movie starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in her first singing role. The film was set in 1899 Paris, was loosely based on the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice and featured modern pop music that ranged from “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” to “Rhythm of the Night” to “Your Song.” Although most of the production went on without a hitch, it was reported the Kidman injured her ribs during one of the dance sequences and actually broke a rib while getting into a corset trying to achieve an 18-inch waist. Moulin Rouge! was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, the first musical to do so in ten years following Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. However, Luhrmann was not nominated for Best Director. The film only won two for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.


  • 1926: Andy Griffith (actor)
  • 1926: Marilyn Monroe (actress)
  • 1937: Morgan Freeman (actor)
  • 1973: Heidi Klum (fashion designer)
  • 1974: Alanis Morissette (singer)
  • 1981: Amy Schumer (actress)
  • 1996: Tom Holland (actor)

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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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