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 January 15th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
THE SUPER BOWL | 1967
In 1967, The Green Bay Packers vs Kansas City Chiefs faced-off at the first Super Bowl. Known as Super Bowl I, the Packers emerged as the champions in a historic battle.
- It wasn’t known as the “Super Bowl” at the time; it was officially called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game.” The name “Super Bowl” was adopted later.
- The average ticket price for Super Bowl I was $12, with some tickets available for as low as $6. In contrast, recent Super Bowl tickets have been significantly more expensive. In 2023, depending on the seats available, prices started just below $5,000 and went all the way up to around $36,000 for the most premium seats.
- Super Bowl I was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which was far from being sold out. There were around 30,000 empty seats in the stadium.
ROYAL RUMBLE | 1989
In 1989, WWF held the first Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) in Houston Texas. Though not the first Royal Rumble match, this PPV quickly became the second most popular wrestling event of the year, after WrestleMania. The winner of the match was Big John Stud.
- The Royal Rumble match is known for its unique format where 30 wrestlers enter at timed intervals, typically every 90 seconds or two minutes. To be eliminated, a wrestler must be thrown over the top rope and have both their feet hit the ground outside the ring.
- Since 1993, the winner of the Royal Rumble match traditionally earns a world championship match at WrestleMania, WWE’s biggest event of the year.
- Rey Mysterio set the record for the longest time spent in a single Royal Rumble match, lasting 1 hour, 2 minutes, and 12 seconds in 2006. Santino Marella holds the record for the shortest time in a Royal Rumble match, lasting only 1 second in 2009.
THE BOOK OF ELI | 2010
In 2010, The Book of Eli premiered in theaters. The Book of Eli is a post-apocalyptic action film featuring Denzel Washington as a lone wanderer in a desolate world, guarding a mysterious book believed to hold the key to humanity’s survival.
- Denzel Washington performed his own stunts in the film. He trained for six months with martial artist Dan Inosanto, a former student of Bruce Lee, to prepare for his role.
- There is a popular fan theory that Denzel Washington’s character, Eli, is blind, which is supported by various subtle hints throughout the film.
- The final scenes of the movie were filmed on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, which in the movie’s universe, has been turned into a repository for human knowledge and culture.
WANDAVISION | 2021
In 2021, WandaVision premiered on Disney+. WandaVision is a unique blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
- Each episode of WandaVision pays homage to a different era of American television, starting from the 1950s, which is reflected in the show’s writing, set design, and filming techniques.
- The song “Agatha All Along,” which reveals Agnes’s true identity as Agatha Harkness, became an unexpected hit, topping iTunes charts and going viral on social media.
- For scenes in black and white, Paul Bettany (Vision) had to wear blue makeup instead of red, as the blue appeared more natural and in tone with the grayscale palette.