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Today in Nerd History | February 23

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 on February 23rd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

PINOCCHIO | 1940

In 1940, Disney’s Pinocchio premiered in theaters. Pinocchio is a heartwarming tale about a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who, with the help of his conscience, Jiminy Cricket, embarks on a series of incredible adventures to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The film was a pioneer in animation effects, such as the fairy dust, the water, and the multiplane camera.

  • Pinocchio was based on a children’s book by Italian author Carlo Collodi, originally published in 1883.

  • Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio’s conscience, was originally killed by Pinocchio with a hammer in the book.

  • Figaro, the cat, was Walt Disney’s favorite character. He later became Minnie Mouse’s pet and appeared in other Disney projects.

MARIA HILL | 2005

In 2005, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill made her first appearance, in the New Avengers #4. She first appeared as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Nick Fury was removed and went into hiding.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • She was the leader of the Secret Avengers, a covert team of superheroes that included Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Taskmaster.

  • She became a fugitive after helping Iron Man erase the Superhuman Registration Database, and later joined his team as a loyal agent.

  • She is a skilled fighter, marksman, and tactician, as well as a master of espionage and deception.

NXT | 2010

In 2010, WWE’s NXT program premiered on SyFy. WWE NXT is an American professional wrestling television program that at first was a competition-based reality show, but in 2012 became WWE’s developmental brand, where typically newer wrestlers perfect their skills in the ring and on the mic.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The first NXT Champion was Seth Rollins, who later became one of the biggest stars in WWE history.

  • NXT has produced some of the most acclaimed matches and events in WWE, such as the first-ever women’s Iron Man match, the first-ever WarGames match in WWE, and the first-ever TakeOver outside the USA.

  • NXT has been a launching pad for many WWE Superstars who have gone on to achieve success on the main roster, such as Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson), Wade Barrett, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Alexa Bliss, Bray Wyatt, and many more.

SUPERMAN & LOIS | 2021

In 2021, Superman & Lois premiered on The CW. Superman & Lois is a TV series that follows the adventures of the world’s most famous superhero and journalist as they balance work, justice, and parenthood in Smallville.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show features Superman and Lois’s son Jon Kent, who is the new Superboy in the comics and has inherited some of his father’s powers.

  • The show’s Superman costume is different from the one Tyler Hoechlin wore in Supergirl, as it has a brighter color scheme, a different belt, and no collar.

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