This week in 1986, Jason Vorhees gains supernatural powers while one of the best Disney films of all time opens across the country. 1996 brings us The Daily Show and Keanu Reeves’ post-Speed dud, and 2006 introduces the world to Ricky Bobby.
Other topics covered include:
-Howard the Duck ALSO releases this week, so get ready for that
-Laputa, aka Castle in the Sky, debuts in Japan. We’d get it in the US in 2000-frikkin-3
-Taito releases Bubble Bobble in arcades
-Bananarama’s “Venus” is a hit song this month, and both Cinderella and Poison have new albums out
-Sublime’s self-titled album releases, incl songs Wrong Way, What I Got etc
–Tommy Lasorda retires. Manager of the LA Dodgers for 20 seasons, winning two world series. Also famously appeared on the box for the Sega Genesis launch game Tommy Lasorda Baseball.
-Matilda and Phat Beach also release in theaters
-Phantasmagoria 2, Virtua Fighter Kids and Shining Wisdom all release
-Tecmo’s Deception launches on PS1, Decathlete on Saturn
-Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous” is #1, new albums from DMX, Powerman 5000 and Five for Fighting
-The Descent, Barnyard and Robin Williams’ The Night Listener also release
–FlatOut 2, Dungeon Siege II, Super Monkey Ball Adventure and Street Fighter II XBLA all released this week in 2006
–Final episode of “Top of the Pops” airs on BBC. Weekly show that counted down the top-selling songs, with many live performances by popular artists. Started on New Years Day 1964, still airs annual Christmas editions that count down the year’s top songs.
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