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Today in Nerd History | September 1

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 September 1st in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

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The Wild Thornberrys

On September 1, 1998, The Wild Thornberrys premiered on Nickelodeon. This Nicktoon was about a family of wildlife documentary filmmakers who travel the world in an RV, and their youngest daughter Eliza, who can talk to animals.

Nerdy Fact: The show had an all-star cast, including Tim Curry as Nigel, Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers as Donnie, and Lacey Chabert as Eliza.

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Yer a Wizard, Harry

Also on September 1, 1998, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone released in the U.S. This book by J.K. Rowling tells the story of a young boy who discovers that he is a wizard and goes to a school of magic, where he makes friends, enemies, and faces a dark lord who wants to steal a powerful artifact. This launched one of the largest fantasy franchises in history.

Nerdy Fact: The name Voldemort is derived from the French words ‘vol de mort’, which means ‘flight of death’ or ‘theft of death’.


Today in Nerd History is produced by Radio Matt & Deidra for Rise & Shine, Nerds, LTN’s official Nerdy Morning News Show.





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