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This Day in Movie History – July 22nd, 1983 – Jaws 3D Released

The third feature film in a series that was a premiere blockbuster was released on this day in movie history.

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Courtesy: Universal Pictures

Jaws 3D was the third film in the Jaws series that began in the 1970s. Originally pitched as a spoof, Jaws 3D instead was set at Sea World, where after a baby shark attacks, the mother shark makes herself known as well.

The film, which used old-style stereoscopic 3D, starred Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr. It would be released on July 22nd, 1983. It was directed by Joe Alves and written by Carl Gottlieb and Richard Matheson.

Unlike the first two films, Jaws 3 did not receive positive reviews, but was still a moderate financial success. It would be followed by the fourth and final Jaws film four years later, Jaws: The Revenge.

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This Day in Movie History – July 8th, 2005 – Fantastic Four Released in Theaters

The first fully-released film adaptation of one of the most enduring comic book superhero teams was released on this day in history.

Fantastic Four was released in theaters on July 8th, 2005. The feature film was written by Michael France and Mark Frost, directed by Tim Story. It’s based off the original Marvel Comics title by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Fantastic Four stars Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chicklis.

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Courtesy: 20th Century FOX / Marvel

The film tells the origin of how the four get their superheroes thanks to an interstellar event. Mister Fantastic can become elastic and stretch, The Invisible Woman can become unseen, The Human Torch can fly and manipulate fire, and The Thing has super strength at the price of an unusual rock-like appearance. Together, they try to deal with life having these new powers as a new–but also familiar–threat rises against them.

The film was a success at the box office, making over $330 million. A sequel would be released two years later.

A new Fantastic Four, with a new storyline, cast, and crew released last year, but was considered a flop.

Today in Tech History – July 1st, 1979 – Original Walkman Cassette Player Released in Japan

A portable cassette player that would become synonymous with playing music on the go was first released on this day in history.

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The original Sony Walkman! Courtesy: SONY

The original Walkman, developed by Sony, was a portable audio cassette player released in Japan on July 1st, 1979. The original model was known as the TPS-L2, and sold for the equivelant of about $150 U.S. Dollars upon its Japanese release. It allowed playback of cassettes, the ability to manipulate the volume of the left and right headphone, rewinding, fast forwarding, and more.

Through numerous upgrades and renditions, the Walkman became popular across Japan and the world, allowing for portable playing of both officially-released cassettes as well as mix tapes and other personal recordings.  New features were introduced throughout the following decades such as LCD screens, weather radio reception, auto reverse, and more.

By the late 90s, as other formats began to surpass the audio cassette, the Walkman name was used for other formats such as MP3 players, minidisc players, CD players, and more.

 

This Day in Television History – May 7th, 2016 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Newbie Dash” Airs

Rainbow Dash’s latest adventure with the Wonderbolts leads to her getting a nickname she can’t stand!

“Newbie Dash” is the 7th episode of the 6th season of the animated series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Written by Dave Rapp (with story by Dave Polsky and Rapp), it first aired on Discovery Family on May 7th, 2016.

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It’s not a good day for poor Rainbow Dash. Courtesy: Hasbro / DHX Media

In the episode, Rainbow Dash joins the Wonderbolts, achieving a lifelong dream! But, during a flight practice, she crashes and her fellow Wonderbolts give her the nickname “Rainbow Crash.” She tries to shake off this impression by imitating her good friends, but that doesn’t work, so she tries to pull off a big show to shake the nickname!

 

This Day in Television History – April 1st, 1990 – Wrestlemania VI Pay-Per-View Airs

The sixth Wrestlemania for the former World Wrestling Federation aired on this day in history.

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Courtesy: WWE

Wrestlemania VI is the sixth of the iconic professional wrestling pay-per-view series of the WWE, formerly the WWF. It aired on April 1st, 1990.

The event featured over a dozen matches, including a singles match with the heavyweight Earthquake taking on Hercules, a mixed tag-team-match featuring Dusty Rhodes versus Randy Savage backed by their female supporters, and the Ultimate Warrior taking on Hulk Hogan in the main match for two championship belts. Those two were among the most popular wrestlers in the company at that time.

Over 65,000 attended the event, which took place at the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada. This was the first Wrestlemania to take place in another country besides the US. It would be the last Wrestlemania for Jesse Ventura to be a commentator as well.

This Day in Movie History – March 12th, 1999 – Wing Commander Film Released

A feature film based on a popular space video game series was released on this day in history.

Wing Commander, directed by Chris Roberts and written by Kevin Droney, was released on March 12th, 1999. It was based on the hit series of video games, also created by Roberts, that were space flight sims. Some of the Wing Commander series featured live-action cutscenes.

wing commander movie poster

Courtesy: 20th Century FOX

In the film, set centuries in the future, the human race battles the Kilrathi. That race’s aim is to conquer and eliminate humanity. Now, they have stolen a computer that could help them reach Earth and only one ship is in range. Onboard that ship is is a pilot who holds a secret…one that could be the key to saving the human race.

Wing Commander’s film starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Saffron Burrows, Matthew Lillard, David Warner, and David Suchet. Despite being directed by the series’ creator, it features some notable differences from the games. This includes the appearance of the antagonistic Kilrathi, the nationality and characterization of the main characters, and more.

The film had a budget of $30 million, but only made an estimated $11.6 million at the box office.

This Day in TV History – March 10th, 1997 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Premieres

It was a supernatural series with a high school twist and would become a success with a passionate fanbase—Buffy, The Vampire Slayer debuted 20 years ago today.

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The Season 1 cast together! Courtesy: Mutant Enemy / 20th Century FOX

In 1992, Joss Whedon originally created a movie with the same name, which was more comedy-oriented. This television series, which debuted on the then-relatively-new WB network, aired its first episode on March 10th, 1997.

The series starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, a teenager who finds shes been chosen to the vampire slayer in the city of Sunnydale. The series also starred Alyson Hannigan as Willow and Anthony Stewart Head as the Watcher Rupert Giles.

It would last until 2001 on the WB, and then two more years on UPN before ending after seven seasons. The show changed throughout its run—changing from high school to college, for example. There would also be several supporting characters that would become popular during its run, such as the vampire characters of Angel and Spike. Angel would later get his own spinoff that would last five seasons.