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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.

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