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 21, the 111th day of the year:
753 BC- Rome is founded.
1956- Elvis Presley scores his first #1 hit with Heartbreak Hotel.
1986- Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone‘s secret vault. All he finds is a empty bottle.
Today in gaming history saw the release of Duck Hunt in Japan (1984), the Gameboy in Japan (1989), MediEvil II (2000), Nintendogs (2005), Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 (2009), Fruit Ninja (2010), Shovel Knight (2015).
Today in Pro Wrestling history, in 2002 WWF (for a couple more weeks) presented Backlash live from Kansas City at the Kemper Arena. It was the first time an event had been held in that building since Owen Hart fell to his death there in 1999 when a harness lowering him to the ring failed and caused him to free-fall to the ground. Backlash featured a main event that saw Hulk Hogan win his first WWF Championship in 9 years after beating Triple H. It was then the second longest gap between title reigns in company history.
Today in Bleeding Cool history, in 2013 we ran a story about what may have happened to some of the most iconic artwork in comics history. And in 2014, Christopher Smith took a look at G.I. Joe, Spider-Man, and the Rocketeer.
Today’s Birthdays include Alistair MacLean author (1922), Charles Grodin actor (1935), Iggy Pop musician (1947), Patti LuPone actress (1949), Tony Danza actor (1951), Robert Smith musician (1959), Glen Hansard musician (1970), James McAvoy actor (1979), Tony Romo athlete (1980)
Also born today was comics superstar Michael Turner (1971)
Let’s end today with some Prince. Even though he only died a year ago, it still makes me very sad to think about. Here is his Super Bowl performance, the best ever.
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