Welcome to This Day in Pop Culture History, our 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 happened on May 20th, the 140th day of the year.
1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first pair of jeans with copper rivets.
1927: The Spirit of St. Louis, piloted by Charles Lindbergh, makes the first non-stop flight from New York over the Atlantic to Paris.
1980: Peter Criss quits as drummer of KISS.
Today in gaming saw the release of Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (2003), Mario Tennis Open (2012), and Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014).
Today in Pro Wrestling history, in 1986 Jerry “The King” Lawler sued the WWF for promoting Harley Race as “the King of professional wrestling” at an event taking place in Memphis, Tennessee. Lawler contended that since he had been using the moniker for a long time in that area, and letting him use it in the state “confused wrestling fans”. This was back in the days before kayfabe died, so of course fans thought Jerry was a real King you see. And you know what? He won! And because of that ruling, the WWF could no longer promote Race as “the King of Wrestling” in the state of Tennessee anymore. Only a few years later, Lawler would join with the WWF anyway, so there you go.
Today in Bleeding Cool history, in 2012 DC Comics announced that they would be switching the sexual orientation of an already established character, who we now know was Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern. Rich Johnston also writes a paragraph detailing the history of openly gay heroes in comics history.
Today’s Birthdays include actor Jimmy Stewart (1908), musician Joe Cocker (1944), musician/performer Cher (1946), actor Bronson Pinchot (1959), actor Tony Goldwyn (1960), actor Timothy Olyphant (1968), rapper Busta Rhymes (1972), actor Matt Czuchry (1977), and actor Jack Gleeson (1992).
Today in Disney history, in 1996 the Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf opened between the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan hotels. The 36-hole course, split between an 18-hole miniature golf course and an 18-hole challenge course with bunkers and hazards, becomes a park favorite.
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