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 October 20th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1960, Captain Boomerang first appeared in The Flash #117. Also known as Digger Harkness, Captain Boomerang showed up to use his boomerang skills in committing crimes and fighting the Flash. He is one of the infamous Rouges.
Nerdy Fact: Captain Boomerang was originally created as a gimmick villain for the Flash in 1960, but later became a more prominent character as a member of the Suicide Squad, a team of anti-heroes who undertake dangerous missions for the government.
In 1996, The Undertaker defeated Mankind in WWE’s first ever Buried Alive Match, by chokeslamming him into a grave in the arena and burying him with dirt. This took place on the 11th In Your House pay-per-view and became a signature specialty match for the Undertaker, as he was involved with all 5 that have ever taken place.
Nerdy Fact: The event was not over yet. As The Undertaker was celebrating his victory, he was attacked by a group of other wrestlers who were allies of Mankind. They included Triple H, JBL, Goldust, and a newcomer named The Executioner. They beat down The Undertaker and helped Mankind escape from the grave. They then threw The Undertaker into the coffin and buried him alive instead. As the attackers were leaving, thunder and lightning struck the arena. The headstone of the grave exploded and a gloved hand emerged from the dirt. It was The Undertaker’s hand, signaling that he was still alive and would return for revenge.
In 1999, the One Piece anime series premiered. This long-running and popular anime series follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew, who are searching for the legendary treasure One Piece left by the King of the Pirates, Gol D. Roger.
Nerdy Fact: The anime series of One Piece has a different opening theme song for each arc or season, which usually reflects the mood and setting of the story. Some of the most popular opening songs are “We Are!”, “Believe”, “Kokoro no Chizu”, and “Over the Top”.
“LET THE NERDS TAKE OVER!”
In 2015, Pixels premiered in theaters. This movie is about a group of old-school gamers who have to save the world from aliens who attack using giant versions of classic arcade games.
Nerdy Fact: Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani has a cameo in the movie as an Electric Dream Factory Repairman, while Denis Akiyama plays a fictionalized version of him as Professor Iwatani.