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Today in Nerd History | January 6

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 6th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

SHERLOCK HOLMES | 1854

In 1854, Sherlock Holmes was born. The famous fictional detective, created by Arthur Conan Doyle, first appeared in print in 1887 in the novel A Study in Scarlet.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Sherlock Holmes does not use deductive reasoning, but abductive reasoning, which means he infers the most likely explanation from the available evidence.
  • Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character in film and television, with over 250 appearances by more than 180 actors.
  • Sherlock Holmes’ iconic curved pipe was invented by William Gillette, an American actor who played Holmes on stage and screen more than 1000 times.

PEANUTS | 1952

In 1952, Peanuts debuted in Sunday papers across the US. Peanuts is a popular and influential comic strip that depicts the lives and thoughts of a group of children and a beagle, created by Charles M. Schulz.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Schulz didn’t like the name Peanuts and preferred to call the strip “Good Old Charlie Brown”.
  • The strip wasn’t an instant hit, but it eventually became one of the most successful and influential comic strips of all time, reaching over 350 million readers in 75 countries.
  • There are 17,897 Peanuts comic strips, each one drawn by Schulz. He died the day before the last original strip ran.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! | 1973

In 1973, Schoolhouse Rock! premiered on ABC. Schoolhouse Rock! is an American series of animated musical educational short films, covering topics such as grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The series was originally called Scholastic Rock, but the name had to be changed because of a legal dispute with the publishing company Scholastic, Inc.
  • The idea for the show came from an ad executive who noticed that his son could memorize rock lyrics but not the multiplication tables.
  • One of the most popular songs, “I’m Just a Bill”, was used by various governmental and lobbyist groups to train their staffers.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE | 1975

In 1975, Wheel of Fortune premiered on NBC. Wheel of Fortune is a popular American game show where contestants compete to solve word puzzles and spin a giant wheel for cash and prizes.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show was inspired by the word game Hangman and the roulette-style wheel in casinos.
  • Vanna White has never worn the same gown twice on the show and she likes to crochet in her off-camera time.
  • Pat Sajak was a weatherman before he became the host of Wheel of Fortune and he briefly left the show to host his own late-night talk show.

AGENT CARTER | 2015

In 2015, Agent Carter premiered on ABC. Agent Carter is a television series based on the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, who works as a secret agent in the 1940s after the presumed death of her lover, Captain America.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Peggy Carter is the most central character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as she is the founder of S.H.I.E.L.D., the grandmother of Sharon Carter, and the inspiration for Jarvis, the AI that assists Iron Man.
  • The show features many references and connections to other Marvel movies and shows, such as Howard Stark, the father of Iron Man, Edwin Jarvis, the butler of Howard Stark and the namesake of Iron Man’s AI, and the Black Widow program, the origin of Natasha Romanoff.

M3GAN | 2023

In 2023, M3GAN released in theaters. M3GAN is a science fiction horror film about a life-like doll that becomes hostile toward anyone who comes between her and her human companion.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The movie was inspired by the concept of “uncanny valley”, which refers to the feeling of discomfort or revulsion when something looks almost human, but not quite.
  • M3GAN was brought to life by a combination of CGI, puppetry, and real actors. Amie Donald performed the movements for M3GAN’s body while wearing an animatronic mask, while Jenna Davis voiced the deadly doll.
  • M3GAN sings “Titanium” by David Guetta and Sia as a lullaby to her human companion, Allison. This song was chosen because it reflects M3GAN’s resilience and determination to protect Allison at all costs.




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Station Manager of LTN Radio and co-host of the "Nerd History Podcast" & the "Two Words Podcast". Matt is a third-generation radio station manager who has done pretty much every job in the radio industry. Matt is the father of two boys and a little girl. It's probably the best thing about him.

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