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2015: Star Wars: Rebels: Idiot’s ArrayStar Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD premieres the tenth episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels, a CGI animated storyline falling between the original and prequel trilogies of the Star Wars saga. Billy Dee Williams guest stars as Lando Calrissian. More about Star Wars: Rebels in the LogBook

2006: Eleventh Hour: ResurrectionEleventh HourITV premieres the first episode of Steven Gallagher's short-lived science fiction drama Eleventh Hour, starring Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation). More about Eleventh Hour in the LogBook

2006: New Horizons launchedNew HorizonsNASA launches the unmanned New Horizons probe on a course for the minor planet Pluto, the first spacecraft built to explore that destination. A trajectory with multiple planetary flybys and gravitational assists is designed to sling New Horizons toward Pluto within a decade (compared to Voyager 2's 12-year trek to Neptune). New Horizons will enter Pluto's surprisingly complex system in 2015.

2002: Babylon 5: The Legend Of The RangersBabylon 5Sci-Fi Channel premieres The Legend Of The Rangers, a two-hour pilot movie for a Babylon 5 spinoff created by J. Michael Straczynski. Andreas Katsulas reprises the role of G'Kar for what will turn out to be the last time. As it is scheduled opposite a major pro football playoff game, The Legend Of The Rangers fares poorly in ratings and is not picked up as a series. More about Babylon 5 in the LogBook

2000: Voyager: Blink Of An EyeStar Trek: VoyagerUPN airs the 131st episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Daniel Dae Kim (Crusade, Lost) guest stars. More about Star Trek: Voyager in the LogBook

1998: E:FC: Sandoval’s RunEarth: Final ConflictThe national syndication window opens for the 12th episode of the posthumous Gene Roddenberry science fiction series Earth: Final Conflict. More about Earth: Final Conflict in the LogBook

1993: The Juliet LettersJulee CruiseElvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet release the album The Juliet Letters. More about 1993 in music in Music Reviews

1985: Doctor Who: Vengeance On Varos, Part 1Doctor WhoThe 631st episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Nabil Shaban makes his first appearance as Sil, with Martin Jarvis (Titanic) guest starring as the Governor. This is also one of Jason Connery's first television jobs before moving on to the fantasy series Robin Of Sherwood. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1984: Doctor Who: The Awakening, Part 1Doctor WhoThe 607th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Polly James guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1983: Doctor Who: Snakedance, Part 2Doctor WhoThe 585th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) appears in an early TV role. This story, in keeping with the 20th season's theme of revisiting past stories, continues the story of the Mara from the previous season's Kinda. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1982: Doctor Who: Four To Doomsday, Part 2Doctor WhoThe 559th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Stratford Johns guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1981: Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Episode 3Hitchhiker's Guide To The GalaxyThe third episode of the TV adaptation of Douglas Adams' science fiction comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy airs on BBC2; Richard Vernon guest stars as Slartibartfast. More about Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy in the LogBook

1979: Captain AmericaCaptain AmericaThe TV movie-of-the-week Captain America airs on CBS, starring Reb Brown, Len Birman, and Heather Menzies (Logan's Run). This is the first of two TV movies to feature the character, but ratings are not impressive enough for CBS to order a weekly series. More about Captain America in the LogBook

1974: Doctor Who: Invasion Of The Dinosaurs pt. 2Doctor WhoThe 361st episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Martin Jarvis (Titanic) guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from Media

1968: Star Trek: The Immunity SyndromeStar TrekThe 47th episode of Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction series Star Trek premieres on NBC. The Enterprise crew goes up against a psychedelic giant microbe (actually one of the most impressive effects of the original series). More about Star Trek in the LogBook

1967: Star Trek: ArenaStar TrekThe 18th episode of Gene Roddenberry's science fiction series Star Trek airs on NBC. This episode, featuring the memorable reptilian Gorn and location shooting as Vasquez Rocks, is one of the best-remembered episodes of the series. More about Star Trek in the LogBook

1966: Batman: Fine Feathered FinksBatmanThe third episode of Batman airs on ABC, a campy but popular take on the comic book hero starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Burgess Meredith guest stars as the Penguin. (This is part one of a two-part story; each week's story unfolds in two half-hour episodes on Monday and Tuesday.) More about Batman in the LogBook

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