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May the 4 be with you all today!
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Hope all our friends enjoy your nerdy-tastic day!!
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Question… when did this ‘May the 4th’ thing start? I was a Star Wars junkie until Disney bought it. I don’t seem to remember the phrase being used for more than maybe 4-5 years, though.
I remember it way back in middle school, I graduated 09
 
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Question… when did this ‘May the 4th’ thing start? I was a Star Wars junkie until Disney bought it. I don’t seem to remember the phrase being used for more than maybe 4-5 years, though.
Evidently it started May 4, 1979. ;)

The first recorded reference of the phrase being used was on May 4, 1979, the day after Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in the London Evening News saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."[5][6][7][dubiousdiscuss]

In the 1988 episode of Count Duckula, "The Vampire Strikes Back", a space-faring superhero, Tremendous Terrance, asks Duckula the date and is told, "May the Fourth". As Terrance departs, he tells all below, "May the Fourth Be with You."[8][better source needed]

The saying was used in a UK Parliament defence debate on May 4, 1994.[9]

Astrophysicist and author Jeanne Cavelos used the saying on page 94 of her 1999 book The Science of Star Wars.[10]

In 2008, the first Facebook groups appeared, celebrating Luke Skywalker Day, with the same catchphrase.[11]

In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star WarsDay 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.[12][13][14]

Fans (even government officials, such as Boris Johnson[15]) have celebrated Star Wars in a variety of ways in social media and on television.

Minor League baseball teams such as the Toledo Mud Hens[16] and the Durham Bulls[17] have worn special uniforms as part of Star Wars Day promotions.

On Star Wars Day 2015, astronauts in the International Space Station watched Star Wars.[18]

Also in 2015, the carillon bells inside the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada played "The Imperial March" theme from Star Wars, among other space-related tunes.[19]

 

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I remember it way back in middle school, I graduated 09
As I had no internet, no tv, no car, and the same 0 rl friends in 2009, I’m not surprised I didn’t come across it.
Evidently it started May 4, 1979. ;)
This makes more sense as I actively avoid UK politics (and politics in general) I didn’t have any social media until about 2012. Between no internet, no internet capable devices, no tv, and no friends, one does tend to get a bit disconnected in a world that’s all about instant communication. Thank you for the dates and articles!
 

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As I had no internet, no tv, no car, and the same 0 rl friends in 2009, I’m not surprised I didn’t come across it.

This makes more sense as I actively avoid UK politics (and politics in general) I didn’t have any social media until about 2012. Between no internet, no internet capable devices, no tv, and no friends, one does tend to get a bit disconnected in a world that’s all about instant communication. Thank you for the dates and articles!
No problem. ;) I learned stuff too!! I’m not a Star Wars fan but was interesting to read up on and share the info.
 
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