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 May 6, the 125th day of the year:
1937- The Hindenburg explodes and burns up over New Jersey.
1940- John Steinbeck wins the Pulitzer Prize for Grapes of Wrath.
1992- Britain admits to the existence of MI6.
2004- Friends airs its final episode.
Today in gaming saw the release of Mario Party 3 (2001), Samurai Warriors (2004), Boom Blox (2008), Speed Racer: The Video Game (2008)
Today in Pro Wrestling history, in 2002 the “Plane Ride From Hell” happened. On the way back from the London tour, multiple wrestlers including Ric Flair, Michael Hayes, JBL, Dustin Runnels (Goldust), Curt Hennig, Brock Lesnar, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman (X-Pac) all performed various dubious acts in-flight and ruined the careers of a couple performers. Hayes and JBL got into a fight, Hall passed out from drinking too much, Flair walked around only in a robe and exposed himself, Runnels grabbed the planes intercom and tried to serenade his wife Terri, Waltman cut Hayes’ hair, and Hennig and Lesnar got into an actual wrestling match on the plane, at one point coming dangerously close to the planes door. Multiple WWE officials were also on board. Hennig and Hall were both fired, and lawsuits were filed by flight attendants against the WWE, Flair, Runnels, and Hall accusing harassment. Those were settled out of court. Funnily enough, the first episode of Raw under the WWE banner took place later that day.
Today in Bleeding Cool history, in 2014 we celebrated the reach of fandom and how geek culture has taken the world by storm.
Sadly today we also lost L.Frank Baum (1919).
Today in Disney History, in 1985 Dumbo’s Circus debuted on the Disney Channel. I loved this show so much when I was a kid!
Enjoy your Free Comic Book Day, wherever you are today, and support your local comic shop!
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