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 18, the 108th day of the year:
1775- Paul Revere rides through the streets of Massachusetts to warn that the British are coming.
1923- Babe Ruth hits the first home run in Yankee Stadium history.
1924- Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.
1956- Eddie Rommel becomes the first MLB umpire to wear glasses.
Today in gaming history saw the release of Super Metroid (1994), Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (2003), Final Fantasy XI (2006), Portal 2 (2011). Hey Maddie Ricchiuto, any thoughts on Final Fantasy XI?
Portal 2 was fantastic, even if GLaDOS was very clearly designed to look like a woman hanging from the ceiling, in a bunch of rope.
And as for Final Fantasy XI, well Square Enix is still putting out updates for XI, even as they’re rolling out the second expansion for their second MMO, which is FFXIV. So that should tell you something about the people still playing it. I never got sucked into the chasm that was FFXI, but I have a good friend who did. We remember him fondly.
I know. I’m our resident Final Fantasy expert and I didn’t play XI. So disappointing.
Today in Pro Wrestling history, in 2013 the WWE announced the opening of the WWE Performance Center, located down in Orlando, Florida. The Performance Center houses new talent, state-of-the-art facilities, and teaches the next generation of wrestling talent how to hone their craft. Many wrestlers currently on the WWE roster rehab after injuries there, and legends are on staff as trainers and teachers in everything from wrestling itself to promo work. It is located less than 5 miles from Full Sail University, where they tape NXT.
Today in Bleeding Cool history, in 2013 Mark Seifert gave us a history lesson on Action Comics #1…because…
Today in 1938, Action Comics #1 was released. Only the most important comic ever. Read the above article, its a good one!
Today’s Birthdays include Clive Revill actor (1930), Superman/Clark Kent superhero/news reporter (1938) Lois Lane journalist (1938), Hayley Mills actress (1946), James Woods actor (1947), Rick Moranis actor/musician (1953), Jane Leeves actress (1961), Conan O’Brien talk show host/comedian (1963), David Tennant actor (1971), Melissa Joan Hart actress (1976), America Ferrera actress (1984)
Even though it is not the 75 anniversary anymore, lets end today with an awesome Superman tribute DC put out a couple years ago because it is awesome.
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