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2009: Star Trek soundtrack — Michael Giacchino's soundtrack from the movie Star Trek is released on Varese Sarabande Records. More about Star Trek soundtracks in Music Reviews
2008: WarGames soundtrack — Soundtrack specialty label Intrada releases Arthur B. Rubenstein's soundtrack from the 1983 "hacking" thriller movie WarGames. This is the movie's first soundtrack release on CD, and the first presentation of the complete score. More about Soundtracks in Music Reviews
2007: Doctor Who: The Lazarus Experiment — The 732nd episode of Doctor Who (the 34th since the series' revival) airs on BBC1. Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1999: Voyager: 11:59 — UPN airs the 116th episode of Star Trek: Voyager. More about Star Trek: Voyager in the LogBookVoyager
1997: Star Trek: DS9: Children Of Time — The week-long national syndication window opens for the 118th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. More about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the LogBook
1997: Babylon 5: Conflicts Of Interest — The week-long national syndication window opens for the 78th episode of J. Michael Straczynski's science fiction series Babylon 5. More about Babylon 5 in the LogBook
1987: Max Headroom: Blanks — The sixth episode of the American-made Max Headroom series premieres on ABC, starring Matt Frewer and Amanda Pays. (This is the the American-made drama series, not the music video/talk show series featuring the same character.) W. Morgan Sheppard and Concetta Tomei guest star. This is the last episode aired until fall 1987. More about Max Headroom in the LogBook
1983: Star Wars hits the arcade — Mere weeks before Return Of The Jedi arrives in theaters, Atari releases the arcade game Star Wars in the United States, in both upright (standing) and cocktail (sit-down) models, complete with almost-intelligible sample voices from the movie of the same name. Players strafe the Death Star at lightning speeds (thanks to vector graphics, which can draw faster than full-screen raster graphics) after fending off TIE fighters. The Force is with us... for 25 cents. More about Star Wars video games in Phosphor Dot Fossils
1976: The Alan Parsons Project spins Tales — A group of veteran session musicians working under producer Alan Parsons and songwriter Eric Woolfson releases its debut album, The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe. The "group" becomes known, somewhat unintentionally, as the Alan Parsons Project, though that was intended to be part of the album title. Themed around the works of Poe, the album becomes a prog rock cult classic and sells well enough that Parsons and Woolfson begin planning a more futuristic project... More about Alan Parsons Project in Music Reviews
1973: Doctor Who: Planet Of The Daleks, Part 5 — The 348th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Prentis Hancock (Space: 1999) guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from theLogBook.com Media
1962: Spacewar! — At the 1962 Open House held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a student programming project is unveiled on the school's new DEC PCP-1 computer. In an attempt to demonstrate the machine's real-time processing power in a context that can be understood by the general public, Steve Russell and his cohorts allow visitors to play the first computer game, Spacewar. The product of months of design and hundreds of man-hours of coding, Spacewar allows two players to navigate their way around the gravity of a sun while trying to blow each other to bits (as displayed on a round oscilloscope). Never patented or copyrighted, Spacewar goes on to "inspire" countless copies, including one of the earliest coin-operated arcade video games, Computer Space.
1961: Mercury 3: first American in space — Alan B. Shepard, aboard the Freedom 7 Mercury capsule, becomes the first American in space when he is launched on a fifteen-minute suborbital flight from Cape Canaveral, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean. The Mercury spacecraft offers its pilot more maneuverability than the Soviet Vostok vehicle, which is almost entirely controlled from the ground.
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