GeekStory - This Week In Geek & Pop Culture History - May 29, 2017

Welcome to the first GeekStory, a weekly feature from the Geek:Life team, in which you will find a carefully curated retrospective of all things geek and pop culture, from years gone by, for the week ahead.

May 29


1999 - NASA Space Shuttle, Discovery, completed the first ever docking with the International Space Station, in one of 39 missions across it's lifespan - one of which included launching the infamous Hubble Space Telescope and another which was lead by the first female shuttle pilot, Eileen Collins. Discovery is now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.


2015 - Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, premieres in Paris.

May 30


1967 - Motorcycle daredevil, Robert "Evel" Knievel, motorcycle jumps 16 automobiles!
2003 - Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres, is released in the US and Canada.

May 31


1907 - The first ever taxis began running in New York City. The iconic yellow and black taxicab of NYC would be in use by the late-1920s.
1929 - The first talking Mickey Mouse cartoon, The Karnival Kid, was released by the The Walt Disney Studio. Mickey's first spoken words were 'Hot Dogs!' - an exclamation that is still used today by the famous mouse in Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse.


1990 - Seinfeld, starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuted on NBC as Seinfeld Chronicles.
2004 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, was released in UK cinemas.

June 1


1926 - The original pop culture icon, Marilyn Monroe (real name Norma Jean Mortenson), was born in Los Angeles, California.
1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles was released.
1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting.

Notable Comic Book First Appearances



1972 - Luke Cage first appearance in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1
1983 - Lobo first appearance in The Omega Men #3
1992 - War Machine first appearance in Iron Man #281

June 2

1940 - The Spirit, a fictional masked crimefighter created by cartoonist Will Eisner, first appeared, as the main feature of a newsprint comic book insert.

The Spirit chronicled the adventures of a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city's police commissioner Dolan, an old friend. The stories varied from straightforward crime drama and noir to lighthearted adventure, from mystery and horror to comedy and love stories, often with hybrid elements that twisted genre and reader expectations.

Modern readers may recognise The Spirit from his series' published by DC Comics, IDW or Dynamite.

June 3


1969 - The last episode of Star Trek, Turnabout Intruder, aired on NBC.
1970 - Ray Davies of The Kinks embarked on a round trip from New York to London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of the BBC's commercial reference ban!
1988 - Big, directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, premiered in the United States.

June 4


1982 - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, was released in the United States.
2008 - The first appearance of Hit Girl was published in Kick-Ass #3.



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