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Highlights in Fandom History – October

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – October

Today, I will highlight some interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of October for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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October 18, 1985: Nintendo NES first released in New York and select North American markets.

Literature:

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October 31, 1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first collection of stories by Arthur Conan Doyle was published.

Pokémon:

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October 28, 1997: First volume of the manga Electric Tale of Pikachu was published in Japan.

Disney:

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October 30, 2012: Disney announces that it will acquire Lucasfilm Ltd

Star Wars:

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October 30, 2012: Disney and Lucasfilm announce

…new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

Highlights in Fandom History – September

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – September

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of September for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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Picture from Wired.com

September 2, 1969: The First ATM Machine opens for business. Where would any of us who attend cons be without the good old ATM machine, huh?

Television:

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September 13, 1990: Law & Order premieres. My Mom was a big fan of this series!

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September 26, 1969: The Brady Bunch premieres

Movies:

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September 9, 1939: A surprise preview of the movie adaptation of the novel Gone With The Wind is shown in Hollywood, CA.

Literature:

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September 30, 1868: The First Volume of Little Women is published.

Disney:

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September 18, 1928: Walt Disney’s patent application for Mickey Mouse is granted.

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September 19, 1989: The Library of Congress selects the animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be placed on The National Film Registry.

Anime:

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September 20, 2002: The Oscar Winning Anime film, Spirited Away, by Miyazaki is released in the U.S.

Highlights in Fandom History – August

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – August

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of August for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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On August 22, 1888: The “adding machine“, the precursor to the modern calculator, was patented by William Burroughs.

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On August 24, 1995: Microsoft Windows 95 was released.

Movies and Animated Features:

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On August 1, 1973: “American Graffiti” directed by George Lucas opened in theaters.

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On August 15, 1939: Wizard of Oz premiered in Hollywood. Check out the video the Origins of Oz from the Smithsonian Channel.

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On August 9, 1930: Betty Boop is introduced in the animated short, Dizzy Dishes. For more information check out this LA Times Article!

Disney:

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On August 13, 1945: The animated feature film, Bambi, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Star Wars:

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On August 15, 2008: The CGI animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars debuted as a full length feature film and introduced Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.

Highlights in Fandom History – July

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – July

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of July for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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July 1, 1979: Sony Walkman is first introduced in Japan

Literature:

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On July 21, 2007: The final book in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released (and I was one of those throughout the world who bought it right at midnight)!

Disney:

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On July 17, 1944: Disneyland Opens.

Star Wars:

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Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of June

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of June

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history from Mid to the End of June (between June 15th and June 30th) for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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On June 29, 2007: Apple, iPhone first is released!

Literature:

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On June 30, 1936: Gone With The Wind is first published!

Batman:

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On June 23, 1989: The first of the Tim Burton Batman movies is released.

Disney:

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On June 27, 1997: Hercules is released in the US and Canada.

Anime:

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On June 17, 2005: Disney releases Miyazaki’s anime movie Howl’s Moving Castle in US theaters for the first time.

Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of June

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of June

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the beginning of June (between June 1st and June 15th) for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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On June 4, 1977: Apple II, the 1st personal computer, goes on sale

Television:

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On June 1, 1980: CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut.

Movies:

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On June 11, 1982: ET The Extra Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg, is released at the Cannes Film Festival.

Star Trek:

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On June 4, 1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is released in the U.S. and is credited with reviving interest in the franchise.

Indiana Jones:

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On June 12, 1981: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg, with story idea by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, premieres.

Disney:

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On June 15, 1994: Lion King premiered in limited release.

Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of May

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of May

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the middle of May to the end of May (between May 15th and May 31st) for the following fandoms:

Television

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On May 26, 2012: Toonami is revived on Adult Swim as a Saturday night action block, which includes several anime programs.

Manga

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On May 21, 2010: Viz Media launched an online English version of Ikki magazine.

Comics

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On May 16, 1939: Batman debuts in Detective Comics Vol 1 #27.

Disney

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May 15, 1987: Disneyland park introduces Disney Dollars currency

I have a couple of these in my collection!

Star Wars

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The two weeks at the end of May are important for Star Wars History. All, but one of the Star Wars theatrical releases, debuted between May 16 & May 25. Below are the debuts of each of the Star Wars films, that have been released so far (I Hope Disney continues this tradition!):

The Original Trilogy

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – May 25, 1977
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – May 21, 1980
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – May 25, 1983
  • The Prequel Trilogy

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – May 19, 1999
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – May 16, 2002
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – May 19, 2005
  • Today, May 25, 2013 marks the 36th Anniversary of the original release of Star Wars and also marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi!

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    Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of May

    Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of May

    Today, I am starting a new blog topic that will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history. The plan is to post select historical events that took place within a two-week time period. Below are select historical events that took place sometime in the beginning of May (between May 1st and May 15th) for the following fandoms:

    Anime

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    On May 14, 2005: Samurai Champloo premiered on the Adult Swim anime block.

    Books

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    On May 3, 1937: Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind.

    Comics

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    On May 10th, 1962: The Incredible Hulk #1 published by Marvel Comics and written by the legendary Stan Lee was available on news stands for purchase.

    Disney

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    On May 8, 2011: World premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland Park in California.

    Films

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    On May 1, 1941: Citizen Kane directed by film star Orson Welles, considered by many to be the GREATEST AMERICAN MOVIE OF ALL TIME, premiered in New York.

    Music

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    On May 4, 1959: First Grammy Awards Ceremony was held in both Los Angeles and New York to recognize and honor musical accomplishments.

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