Where Did ‘May The 4th Be With You’ Originate?
You might be sleeping next to a Star Wars fan if the first thing you heard this morning was, 'May the 4th be with you!'.
So much of our cultural lexicon is governed by this series, that it should be no surprise that there is now one day we celebrate it and it's the Official Star Wars Day, May 4th.
One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:
Friday, May 4
'Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.'
Once Star Wars fans were able to connect to each other via the Internet, the day's commemoration began to spread like wildfire.
The month of May is always been a special month in the mind of Star Wars fans since the original Star Wars was released May 25.1977. George Lucas birthday is on May 14 and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.
With the upcoming launch of a new trilogy of movies beginning with 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' coming this Christmas, this day to celebrate the saga and its fans is certain to become even bigger each year.
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