Welcome to This Day in Pop Culture History, a daily look at important events, birthdays, and other oddities in pop culture! History is important, and we aim to educate here at Bleeding Cool, so without further ado, here are some things that have happened on April 17, the 107th day of the year:
1964- The Ford Mustang debuts at the World’s Fair.
1970- Apollo 13 returns to Earth safely.
Today in gaming history we saw the release of Space Invaders in Japan (1985), Brain Age (2006), The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2012). We asked Bleeding Cool’s Maddie Ricchiuto what she thought about today’s games.
I’m very partial to Space Invaders when it comes to arcade classics, if I’m being honest.
The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings takes perhaps the least from Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels, but it’s still an awesome game regardless. Even if the whole amnesiac-Geralt thing was a bit lame.
Today in Pro Wrestling history, one of the more memorable moments in raw history took place, as Chris Jericho defeated Triple H for the WWE Championship. After the original referee Mike Chioda was “knocked out”, and another ref, Earl Hebner ran down to replace him. Triple H had been abusing refs at that point, and after hitting a Lionsault, Jericho pinned Triple H and Hebner did a fast three-count for the pinfall. In the chaos afterwards, Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Triple H all ordered the decision reversed, which original ref Chioda did. Triple H then fired Hebner in the ring, and later in the broadcast Triple h even pinned Jericho in the main-event tag match later that evening, causing many fans to accuse him of “burying” other talents.
Today in Bleeding Cool history, in 2011 Tim Hanley wrote about the gender gap at Marvel and DC Comics. Boy, sure glad that was back in 2011, and that this problem is fixed now.
Today’s Birthdays include Roddy Piper professional wrestler/actor (1954), Nick Hornby author (1957), Sean Bean actor (1959), Maynard James Keenan musician (1964), Liz Phair musician (1967), Jennifer Garner actress (1972), Victoria Beckham musician/fashion designer (1974), Rooney Mara actress (1985)
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