National Microwave Oven Day - December 6
Tue, Dec 6, 2022

National Microwave Oven Day

National Microwave Oven Day is celebrated on December 6th in the United States. Today, these devices are in almost every home: how can you imagine your life without them? They heat food with lightning speed and do not require any effort! Today people unite to say thank you to everyone involved in their creation.


Back in 1943, scientists assumed that electric fields could well be used for heating. A few years later, a magnetron was created – he created microwaves of short length. The device did not stay with scientists for long: in 1940 it was transferred to the US government.

Surprisingly, the first person to create the microwave was self-taught engineer Percy Spencer. He worked for Raytheon, which was given a production contract. The man noticed that during the research of the installation, the chocolate in his pocket simply melted, and was surprised at the effect. He did this trick with popcorn – it exploded, followed by a few more experiments. He then created a safe structure so as not to harm himself.

For the first time, an analogue of a microwave oven was patented in 1945 and at the same time sent to a restaurant in Boston. An unusual device was presented to the population after 2 years – it was installed at the central station near the hot dog shop. The first series of equipment was released in 1947. After the 70s, it became commonplace.

Interesting facts

You need to know that:

  • the first production equipment weighed about 350 kg! Certainly not everyone could afford such a scale! The price was also high;
  • microwave ovens are completely safe for health, contrary to popular myths;
  • devices can replace the oven if they have a “grill” function.

How to celebrate

Did you know that you can cook various dishes in the microwave? Poached eggs, fluffy biscuits, baked potatoes, pizza… Check out National Day recipes and experiment! Share photos of your creations and post photos on social networks. Don’t forget to tell us what you used for the dishes!

When is National Microwave Oven Day celebrated in 2022?

National Microwave Oven Day is observed on December 6 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday December 6 2022
Wednesday December 6 2023
Friday December 6 2024
Saturday December 6 2025
Sunday December 6 2026