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 November 23rd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1963, Doctor Who premiered on the BBC. This long-running British science fiction television series follows the adventures of a Time Lord called The Doctor, who travels through time and space in a blue police box called the TARDIS with various companions.
Nerdy Fact: The 10th Doctor, David Tennant, married the real-life daughter of the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison, Georgia Moffett, who also played the Doctor’s daughter in the 2008 episode “The Doctor’s Daughter”. Confused yet?
AND NOW… I HAVE TO KILL ALL OF YOU
In 1988, Scrooged released in theaters. This movie follows the life of a cynical and selfish TV executive who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who show him the error of his ways and the true meaning of Christmas.
Nerdy Fact: Bill Murray ad-libbed many of his lines, making the director Richard Donner feel like a traffic cop on a busy street.
In 1993, Kyle Rayner became the only Green Lantern in the universe in Green Lantern #48. He was chosen by Ganthet, the last surviving Guardian, to wield the last power ring after Hal Jordan, driven mad by the destruction of his hometown, killed the rest of the Green Lantern Corps and most of the Guardians of the Universe.
Nerdy Fact: Kyle Rayner has achieved some incredible feats with his ring, such as recreating the entire Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians of the Universe after they were wiped out by Hal Jordan1. He has also mastered the emotional spectrum and became the first true White Lantern, the embodiment of life.
OCARINA OF TIME
In 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time released on the Nintendo 64. This is a game about a young hero named Link who travels through time and dungeons to stop the evil Ganondorf from conquering Hyrule with the power of the Triforce.
Nerdy Fact: The game has a reference to Super Mario 64, where Link can see portraits of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, and Bowser in Hyrule Castle. If Link shoots them with his slingshot, he can hear different sounds from Super Mario 64.
In 2004, World of Warcraft released on the PC and Macintosh. This is a popular online game where players can create their own characters, explore a vast fantasy world, and join forces with other players to fight against various enemies and challenges.
Nerdy Fact: The game has been translated into 11 languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Italian, Polish, and Thai.
AM I A MAN OR AM I A MUPPET?
In 2011, The Muppets released in theaters. This musical comedy film follows Walter, a Muppet fan, his brother Gary, and his girlfriend Mary, as they try to reunite the disbanded Muppets and save their theater from a greedy oil tycoon.
Nerdy Fact: The film features original songs by Bret McKenzie, who is best known as one half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet”, which is performed by Jason Segel and Walter in the film.
“WE MISSED A CHILD!”
Also in 2011, Arthur Christmas released in theaters. This animated Christmas comedy film is about the son of Santa Claus who delivers a missing present on Christmas Eve with the help of his grandfather and an elf.
Nerdy Fact: The film has a reference to Doctor Who, as one of the elves says “Allons-y” when they are about to leave the S-1. This is a catchphrase of the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, who also voices an elf in the film. The film also released on the anniversary of the premiere of Doctor Who.
In 2014, Sting made his debut in WWE at Survivor Series, marking a major milestone in his career, as Sting was considered the only main event player from WCW who had yet to appear in WWE.
Nerdy Fact: Sting had issues with drugs and alcohol in the early 1990s, which affected his personal and professional life. He became a born-again Christian in 1998 and credits his faith for helping him overcome his addictions.
“I AM MOANA!”
In 2016, Moana released in theaters. This Disney animated film is about a young Polynesian girl who sets sail to find a demigod named Maui and restore the heart of the goddess Te Fiti.
Nerdy Fact: The songs in the film were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway musical Hamilton. He also voiced one of the coconut pirates in the film.
In 2022, Wednesday premiered on Netflix. This series follows the adventures of Wednesday Addams, a smart, sarcastic, and slightly dead inside teenager who attends Nevermore Academy, a school for the supernaturally gifted.
Nerdy Fact: Jenna Ortega learned to play the cello for her role as Wednesday, who often expresses her emotions through music. She also wore elevators in her shoes to make her look taller in the show.