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This Day in Pop Culture for June 4


1952: Secretaries Get Their Own Day

In 1952, the National Secretaries Association created National Secretaries Day with the help of a variety of office products manufacturers to recognize secretaries contribution to the workplace. The very first unofficial holiday was celebrated on this day as part of the National Secretaries week which was held from Jun 1-7, 1952. In 1995, the event was moved up to the last full week in April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981 and in 1998, it was re-branded as Administrative Professionals Week to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff. (Image: Pixabay)

1937: Shoppers Use a Store Cart for the First Time

It wasn’t until this day in 1937 that the first shopping carts were introduced at the Humpty Dumpty Supermarket in Oklahoma City. Also known as a carriage, buggy or trolley in England, the first shopping carts were designed by Sylvan Goldman who was the owner of the Humpty Dumpty store at the time. It is said after wrestling his thoughts about how to get customers to move more groceries, he took a wooden folding chair, put a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs. Then, his store’s mechanic, Fred Young, tinkered with the project. The first “folding basket carriers” were basically two wire baskets attached to a metal frame. A patent for Arthur Kosted’s version was awarded on April 9, 1940 titled, “Folding Basket Carriage for Self-Service Stores” and advertised the invention as part of a new “No Basket Carrying Plan.” However, they were not a hit right away. It is said that women likened them to a baby carriage and men thought that they were effeminate. It took both male and female models to demonstrate how to use the devices for the carts to catch on.

shopping cart

1917: First Pulitzer Prizes are Given Out

It was on this day in 1917 that Publisher Joseph Pulitzer gave money to Columbia University for the purpose of rewarding excellence in American journalism, literature, and music. The first awards were given to the New York Tribune (for an article about the first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania), Herbert Bayard Swope from New York World (for writing various articles called “Inside the German Empire”), Laura E. Richards and Maud Howe Elliott (for writing the biography Julie Ward Howe) and Jean Jules Jusserand (for writing With Americans of Past and Present Days).


  • 1924: Dennis Weaver (actor)
  • 1928: Dr. Ruth Westheimer (therapist)
  • 1936: Bruce Dern (actor)
  • 1971: Noah Wyle (actor)
  • 1975: Angelina Jolie (actress)
  • 1975: Russell Brand (actor)
  • 1978: Robin Lord Taylor (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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