OTD: May 23
On This Day in 1911, President Howard Taft presided over the opening ceremony of the main branch New York Public Library. The library plays host to over 53 million items (much larger than your library I’m sure), making it the second largest US library, and the third largest in the world. Its so big that the library has been split into three branches, one in Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island. If you do visit the Manhattan branch to check out the Gutenberg Bible, make sure you avoid the lower levels, because that’s where the symmetrical book stacking ghosts live.
Prepare for Barmageddon with these new posters and trailer for The World’s End starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. (via Barmageddon: The World’s End Has A New Trailer And Posters)
The final trailer for Man of Steel has General Zod delivering his threat to Earth to give up Superman. (via Zod Delivers The Final Man Of Steel Trailer With A Threat)
OTD: May 22
On This Day in 1980, Namco released one of the most influential arcade games of all time in Japan, Pakkuman, aka Pac-Man. Five months after Pac-Man’s debut in Japan, Midway distributed the game in the United States, spreading “Pac-Man Fever” over the ocean. The Man, the Pac, the legend became synonymous with video games and arcades, somehow spawning an animated TV series and a top-ten hit single. Pac-Man arrived in a sea of space shooters, including Space Invaders and Asteroids, but managed to succeed due to its tremendous appeal to everyone, garnering it the title of one of the highest-grossing video games of all time, earning more than $2.5 billion in quarters by 1990.
OTD: May 21
On This Day in 1980, one of the greatest sequels of all time was released in theaters in the form of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Featuring one of the greatest plot reveals of all time that was only known to a very limited amount of people, Empire Strikes Back took the Star Wars franchise to new heights, introducing iconic characters like Master Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, and space pimp, Lando Calrissian. Since its release over 30 years ago, Empire Strikes Back has garnered high praise as the best chapter in the Star Wars saga (even though initially many critics didn’t agree).