November 24th in nerd history

November 24th in nerd history

Happy National Sardines Day! The FDA recommends a weekly intake of two to three servings of sardines, which means basically no one is getting enough sardines in their diet.

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November 24th in Nerd History

Here are five things that happened on November 24th for those of us who gleamed the cube.


Birthdays of honor: Colin Hanks (1977), Sarah Hyland (1990), Billy Connolly (1942), Oscar Robertson (1938), Scott Joplin (1868), Pete Best (1941).


30 years ago today, this happened:

Movie gif. Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire dances while vacuuming a room.

Mrs. Doubtfire was released on November 24, 1993, and pretty much immediately became a classic comedy, as well as one of Robin Williams’ finest performances. The tale of a divorced voice actor who just wants to see his kids more often grossed over $440 million at the box office — good enough to become the second highest-grossing movie of that year.

The only movie that made more money in ’93 was Jurassic Park.


In 1988 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K), premiered for the first time on Thanksgiving Day on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The general concept of people making fun of old movies was really successful, getting the show nationwide distribution via Comedy Central, then The Sci-Fi Channel, and most recently on Netflix.

Joel Hodgson — aka Joel Robinson, the janitor trapped on a spaceship with mad scientists and robots — conceived the idea while working at a T-shirt printing company. The first movie to get roasted was Invaders from the Deep.


Today in 1981, the crime comedy drama Simon & Simon debuted on CBS.

The show featured two totes opposite personalities in brothers Rick and A.J. Simon, who decide to run a private detective agency. Thanks to their polar attitudes, there was always something to chuckle at or keep the suspense going.

The show ran for eight seasons and 156 episodes, and contrary to what I thought as a kid, had nothing to do with the memory game called Simon.


Today in 1991 we said goodbye to Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen and one of the best vocalists of all time. He passed away from AIDS just one day after publicly announcing he was HIV positive.