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2015: Star Wars: Rebels: Rebel ResolveStar Wars: RebelsCable channel Disney XD premieres the 13th episode of the series Star Wars: Rebels, a CGI animated storyline falling between the original and prequel trilogies of the Star Wars saga. More about Star Wars: Rebels in the LogBook

2011: Nicholas Courtney, Doctor Who actor, diesNicholas CourtneyForever known as the Brigadier (and thus the only ranking UNIT officer who counts), actor Nicholas Courtney dies at the age of 81, the only actor to have appeared alongside every Doctor in Doctor Who. After appearing as a one-off guest character in the Hartnell era, Courtney is drafted into the role of Colonel Lethbridge Stewart for a 1968 Doctor Who story, proving popular enough to return the following season with a promotion to Brigadier. In this role, Courtney guest starred with every television Doctor (including, thanks to a cameo in a 1993 charity skit, Colin Baker); he would also appear alonside Paul McGann in a Big Finish audio play, a medium that also saw him appearing with David Tennant, years before being cast as the tenth Doctor. Courtney would play the role for Big Finish several times, and even reprised the Brigadier in a 1995 fan-made video production, before bringing the character back in a two-part episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

2010: Battlestar Galactica: Plan/Razor soundtrackLa-La Land Records releases Bear McCreary's soundtrack from the Battlestar Galactica TV movies Razor and The Plan. More about Battlestar Galactica soundtracks in Music Reviews

2000: Voyager: Spirit FolkStar Trek: VoyagerUPN airs the 136th episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Ian Abercrombie guest stars. More about Star Trek: Voyager in the LogBook

1999: Jason Falkner: Can You Still Feel?Jason Falkner presents Author UnknownFormer Jellyfish guitarist Jason Falkner releases his second solo album, Can You Still Feel?. More about Jason Falkner in Music Reviews

1998: E:FC: The Wrath Of AchillesEarth: Final ConflictThe national syndication window opens for the 16th episode of the posthumous Gene Roddenberry science fiction series Earth: Final Conflict. This is one of the earliest TV scripts written by future Sanctuary creator Damian Kindler. More about Earth: Final Conflict in the LogBook

1998: Star Trek: DS9: Honor Among ThievesStar Trek: Deep Space NineThe week-long national syndication window opens for the 137th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Nick Tate (Space: 1999) guest stars. More about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the LogBook

1997: Mir: Fire on highThe Mir fireFire breaks out aboard the Russian space station Mir, forcing the crew to break out face masks and goggles which they must keep on even after the fire is put out. The culprit is determined to be an oxygen generator, which is damaged beyond repair; fortunately, American crewmember Jerry Linenger is a medical doctor and determines that he and his crewmates are none the worse for wear. A new oxygen generator will arrive on the next Space Shuttle mission to Mir later in the year.

1994: Babylon 5: The Parliament Of DreamsBabylon 5The week-long national syndication window opens for the fifth episode of Babylon 5. In purple, it's stunning. More about Babylon 5 in the LogBook

1985: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors, Part 2Doctor WhoThe 636th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines return as the second Doctor and Jamie, and the Sontarans appear for the first time since the Tom Baker era. Jacqueline Pearce (Blake's 7) guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1984: Doctor Who: Planet Of Fire, Part 1Doctor WhoThe 617th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Anthony Ainley appears as the Master, as Nicola Bryant is introduced as new TARDIS traveler Peri, the first regular American character (though the actress herself is British). Otherworldly location filming has been done at Lanzarote in the Canary Islands for this story. Peter Wyngarde guest stars. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1983: Doctor Who: Terminus, Part 4Doctor WhoThe 595th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Valentine Dyall appears as the Black Guardian; Liza Goddard (The Brothers) guest stars. This is the last story for Nyssa, played by series regular Sarah Sutton. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1982: Loco MotionGyrussKonami introduces the arcade game Loco Motion in the United States, one of its earliest self-released coin-ops (most titles had previously been licensed through Stern). More about Loco Motion in Phosphor Dot Fossils

1982: Doctor Who: The Visitation, Part 4Doctor WhoThe 569th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Michael Robbins guest stars as Richard Mace. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook
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1978: Star Wars SequelStar WarsScience fiction writer Leigh Brackett, who is battling cancer, turns in her first and only draft of a screenplay simply titled "Star Wars Sequel" (later to be known as The Empire Strikes Back); this early draft includes the notation "Episode II". Brackett, a golden-age SF writer hired by Lucas to help him generate ideas for the second film, loses her battle with cancer soon afterward, and the screenplay is revamped significantly before shooting, though the finished movie will retain her writing credit. More about Star Wars in the LogBook

1978: Voyaging blindly onward?Voyager 1 (CG)NASA's Voyager 1 space probe, en route to its first destination, develops a potentially mission-jeopardizing problem: the scan platform, which contains and aims many of Voyager's scientific instruments, jams and becomes stuck in place. As Voyager 1 has yet to even reach Jupiter, this threatens to make it an expensive failure. Transmitting commands from Earth to give the scan platform a gentle three-axis workout, engineers at NASA manage to free the stuck instruments, salvaging Voyager 1's mission to the outer planets and their moons.

1974: Doctor Who: Death To The Daleks Part 1Doctor WhoThe 366th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. John Abineri guest stars. This story is the third Doctor's third and final clash with the Daleks. More about Doctor Who in the LogBook Order VWORP!1 from Media

1968: Star Trek: By Any Other NameStar TrekThe 51st episode of Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction series Star Trek premieres on NBC. The Enterprise is hijacked by aliens from another galaxy (one of whom, to Scotty's delight, can't hold his liquor). More about Star Trek in the LogBook

1967: Star Trek: A Taste Of ArmageddonStar TrekThe 23rd episode of Gene Roddenberry's science fiction series Star Trek airs on NBC. David Opatoshu and Gene Lyons guest star. More about Star Trek in the LogBook

1966: Batman: The Thirteenth HatBatmanThe 13th episode of Batman airs on ABC. David Wayne guest stars as The Mad Hatter. (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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