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Today in Nerd History | January 7

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 7th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS | 1927

In 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters play their first game, held in Hinckley, Illinois. The Harlem Globetrotters are a famous basketball team that combines athleticism, comedy, and entertainment in their exhibition games around the world. They won their first game 35 to 18.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The team played serious basketball in their early decades and even beat the NBA champions Minneapolis Lakers twice in 1948 and 1949.
  • The team has entertained fans in 122 countries and territories worldwide, and has been named as goodwill ambassadors by the United Nations.
  • The team holds several Guinness World Records, such as the longest basketball shot, the most slam dunks in one minute, and the most blindfolded slam dunks in one minute.

ECW’S FINAL PPV | 2001

In 2001, ECW (or Extreme Championship Wrestling) held it’s final Pay-Per-View, Guilty As Charged, in New York City. The Sandman defeated Steve Corino and Justin Credible to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. Then, ECW World Television Champion Rhino pinned The Sandman in an impromptu match to win the World Heavyweight Championship as well.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • It was the first and only Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Canes match in ECW history, in which Steve Corino defended the ECW World Heavyweight Championship against The Sandman and Justin Credible.
  • They didn’t know this would be the final PPV. The original plan was to have their next pay-per-view Living Dangerously air on March 11, 2001, but the promotion filed for bankruptcy two months later.

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST | 2020

In 2020, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist premiered on NBC. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is a musical comedy-drama series about a software developer who can hear people’s inner thoughts as songs.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • While Zoey’s ability to hear people’s thoughts through song is made up, Mary Steenburgen, who plays Zoey’s mother, does have a condition where she hears everything as music. Since she woke up from minor arm surgery around 2009, she said everything from other people talking, to things she reads, to her own thoughts, and even the “background noise” of her head as sounding musical.
  • A popular misconception has been that actress and singer Mandy Moore serves as a producer on the series, when she does not. The producer just so happens to share the same first and last name.




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