4 May 2016
Did you know what is happening today?
May the 4th May the Fourth. Just as the millennial times now have a day coined out for almost everything, the 4th of May every year has been declared the Star Wars day. How did it originate?
Star Wars Day, May 4, celebrates the Star Wars film created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans of the films. The observance of this holiday spread quickly due to Internet, social media, and grassroots celebrations.
This particular date was chosen for the easy pun on the catch phrase “May the Force be with you” — “May the Fourth be with you”. Although, the holiday was not actually created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world choose to celebrate the holiday.
Apocryphally, the reference was first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster says her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in a paper misnamed The London Evening News, saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” This saying was used in a UK Parliament defence debate on May 4th 1994.
Thatcher, who officially became Prime Minister on May 4th of that year, never addressed the connection publicly, but the pun was brought up again in British politics 15 years later. Weirdly, British politicians seemed to rank just behind Star Wars obsessives in their affection for the pun, continuing to invoke it into the 21st century.
In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition took place on Friday, May 4, 2012. The cosmic heroes- of which the movie is themed – watch Star Wars in the International Space Station on Star Wars Day 2015.
Since 2013, The Walt Disney Company has officially observed the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disney had purchased Lucasfilm including the rights to Star Wars in late 2012. Minor League baseball teams such as the Toledo Mud Hens and the Durham Bulls have worn special uniforms as part of Star Wars Day promotions.
Fans and even government official have celebrate Star Wars in a variety of ways in social media and on television.
I’ll leave this 3 minute long lesson with a joke fans of the Star Wars Franchise will get.