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May the Fourth Be With You!

Guy Speed

May the fourth be with you and happy Star Wars Day!  Would you believe that I’ve never, ever seen a single Star Wars movie?  That’s a fact.  A fact that makes my partner, Glenn Pitcher believe that I am not human.

So what’s up with everyone walking around today saying “may the 4th be with you”?  Well, today is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honor the films. Because the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say “May the fourth be with you” on this day.

But believe it or not, Star Wars fans weren’t the first to introduce the line “May the fourth be with you”: when Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first female Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, her party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News that said “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition took place on Friday, May 4, 2012 and this year, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will celebrate the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities.

Sources: May The 4th, Wookieepedia, The Star Wars Wiki, Babble

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