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 18, the 138th day of the year.
1897- Dracula by Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London.
1980- Mount St. Helens erupts.
1995- Braveheart debuts at the the Seattle Film Festival.
2001- Shrek opens in theaters.
Today in gaming history saw the release of Muppet Pinball Mayhem (2002), Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010), Red Dead Redemption (2010), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Today in Pro Wrestling history, we remember Davey Boy Smith, The British Bulldog. Rising to tag team prominence as one half of The British Bulldogs with ‘The Dynamite Kid’ Tom Billington, the duo would go on to become Tag Team Champions in the late 80’s. After the team split, Davey Boy would become a huge fan favorite as a singles competitor, winning the Intercontinental Champion after defeating his brother-in-law Bret Hart for the belt at Summerslam 1992 in front of 80,000 people in England. From there, he would also become the first European Champion in 1997, and even won the Tag Team Champion again with another of his brother-in-laws Owen Hart. Sadly, he never won the WWE Championship, even though he more than deserved at least one run with the belt during his time with the company. After getting his final release in 2000 and entering rehab for addiction to painkillers and morphine, he had been training for a comeback in 2002 when he suffered a heart attack that took his life on May 18, 2002. He was only 39.
Today in Bleeding Cool history, in 2011 a pretty perfect copy of Fantastic Four #1 sold for $300,000, which is always a cool thing to read about and see.
Today’s Birthdays include Frank Capra director (1897), Perry Como musician (1912), Bill Everett writer/artist (1917), Don Martin artist (1931), Mark Mothersbaugh musician (1950), Chow Yun-fat actor (1955), Tina Fey writer/actress/comedian (1970).
Today in Disney history, in 1951 the Mickey Mouse and Pluto cartoon Plutopia is released. Why don’t we end today with that.
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