July 6 in nerd history: The day Forrest began to run

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July 6 in Nerd History

Here are 5 things that happened on July 6 for those of us who know all the ways to cook shrimp.


Birthdays of honor: Sylvester Stallone (1946), Nancy Reagan (1921), Merv Griffin (1925), Bill Haley (1925), Kevin Hart (1979).


On this night in 1957, one Paul McCartney met one John Lennon for the first time. In a suburb of Liverpool, Lennon’s band — the Quarrymen (sidenote: great band name) — was playing, and Paul chanced to attend.

The next time they met, Lennon asked Paul to join his band. The duo still holds the record for penning the most number 1 hits.​


I don’t know how this is possible, but Robert Zemeckis always flies under the radar for me. Like, when the best and/or most successful movie directors come up in a conversation, who’s jumping in with Zemeckis?

Well, someone should take it upon themselves to be the person who strongly advocates for Bob whenever those convos happen. Following previous successes with movies like Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit — both great, but would you guess the same person directed them? — he hit us hard in 1994 with the release of Forrest Gump.

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And it was a big day for fans of the Coreys in 1988 when License to Drive hit theaters.


If you heard the phrase The Naughty Nineties today, you’d probably assume it was about Madonna. But no, this was an Abbot & Costello movie taking place in the 1890s, released on July 6 in 1945, and featuring one of the most important comedy sketches in all of history: The “Who’s on First?” bit.


The B-52s released their self-titled debut album in 1979, with the unlikely hit song “Rock Lobster” — featuring these lyrics that really should not work, yet somehow do:

And there they saw a rock

It wasn’t a rock

It was a rock lobster