Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred from June 19th to June 25th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
June 20, 1975: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
On this day, Jaws was released in theaters. The thriller film, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Peter Benchley, follows a police chief, a marine biologist, and a shark hunter who try to stop a great white shark from terrorizing a seaside town. The film was a huge success and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. It also created the summer blockbuster phenomenon and spawned three sequels and a theme park ride.
Nerdy Fact: Spielberg, frustrated by the shark’s frequent malfunctions, had another name for it: “the great white turd.”
June 21, 2003: Harry Potter and the Order Another Case of These Books
On this day, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, was released worldwide. The book sold five million copies in the first 24 hours, breaking the record for the fastest-selling book in history at that time. The book follows Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he faces new challenges from the Ministry of Magic and Lord Voldemort. The book was adapted into a film in 2007.
Nerdy Fact: The character Nigel was created for the movie; he does not appear in the books, however, he combines elements with Colin Creevey and Dennis Creevey. Though Colin makes an appearance in the films, Dennis doesn’t. We guess you could say Nigel is the new Dennis.
June 22, 1996: Quake-ing in My Boots
On this day, Quake was released for MS-DOS. The first-person shooter game, developed by id Software and designed by John Romero and John Carmack, featured a soldier who had to fight his way through various dimensions using an array of weapons and items. The game was a technical marvel and introduced many innovations, such as 3D graphics, networked multiplayer, and user-generated content. The game also spawned a franchise and a modding community.
Nerdy Fact: The main character in Quake wasn’t given a name, allowing “anybody” to be the character. Initially the main character was going to be named “Quake” since it worked so well for Doomguy, but they decided to name the enemy “Quake” instead.
June 23, 1989: Let’s Get Nuts
On this day, Batman was released in theaters. The superhero film, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, was a dark and gritty adaptation of the DC Comics character. The film was a huge hit and revitalized the Batman franchise after years of campy TV shows and movies. The film also featured a memorable score by Danny Elfman and songs by Prince. The film won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction and led to three sequels.
Nerdy Fact: Michael Keaton returned to the character of Bruce Wayne and Batman in DC’s The Flash, 21 years after he last played the character in 1992’s Batman Returns.
June 23, 1996: I Just Whipped Your Buns
On this day, WWF King Of The Ring was held at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the tournament Semifinals, Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts before going on to win the tournament against Mankind. Being interviewed after winning the tournament, Stone Cold addressed Jake Roberts – whose character was professing Christian cliches and Bible verses inspired by Jake’s real-life faith – and came up with his famous “Austin 3:16” promo, in which he stated “You talk about your Pslams, you talk about John 3:16… Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your…” – uh, booty. Except it’s a different word.
Nerdy Fact: Crass as it may be, this turned into the best selling T-Shirt of all time – beating nWo, DX, and even Hulk Hogan in wrestling attire sales.