That time a pop star burned down a house

Happy National Donald Duck Day! Apparently, June 9 is Disney canon Donald Duck’s birthday — they even held a 50th birthday party for him at Disneyland in 1984. I say have a Donald Duck-style tantrum today about whatever you’d like.

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June 9 in Nerd History

Here are 5 things that happened on June 9 that matter to those of us who …


Birthdays of honor: Natalie Portman (1981), Michael J. Fox (1961), Les Paul (1915), Jackie Mason (1928), Dick Vitale (1939), Johnny Depp (1963).


In 1994 Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes got into a fight with her boyfriend, NFL star Andre Rison. As payback, she set fire to his sneakers in a bathtub — only, the flames didn’t stay in the tub. Rison’s entire mansion was burnt to the ground, and Lopes received five years probation and a $10,000 fine for arson.


In 1973, probably the most famous horse ever, Secretariat, completed a win for the Triple Crown.


Parents across the country started saying, “you know, for a kids movie, it’s actually pretty good!” when Cars was released in 2006.

And Star Trek movies ended forever when Star Trek V: The Final Frontier came out in 1989. I mean, c’mon, it says “final” right in the title.


On this day in 1971, “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones was no. 1.