May the 4th be with you!

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May the 4th is a well known holiday, for all Star wars fans. May 4th is always loved by it’s beloved fans and of course I am entailed into the Star wars fandom so please let me hear a “hell yea!” so for all you that have not seen “The force awakens” let it be known that the movie was a 10/10 and this is Disney everyone, but not to have a quick assumption the prequel of the upcoming Star wars film “Rouge one” we all know that May 4th haves it’s eternal history, but where have it originated?

The tradition started rather organically, chosen by fans as a day to celebrate their love for the Star Wars movies and expanded universe. “May the Fourth” rhymes with “May the Force,” of course and you can figure out the rest out from there. Grassroots fandom perpetuated the pun, until the first large organized event for the day took place on May 4th, 2011 in the Toronto Underground Cinema. Screenings of the movies were accompanied by a costume contest judged by local radio hosts and TV stars, but while it may have been the first commercial Star Wars Day gathering, it certainly wasn’t the first time people had connected the day with the films.

That goes all the way back to 1979, just two years after the original Star Wars hit theater screens. Britain’s Conservative Party, celebrating the election of new Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, put out a full-page ad in the London Evening News at the time which reportedly read, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

Thatcher, who officially became Prime Minister on May 4th of that year, never addressed the connection publicly, but the pun would be brought up again in British politics 15 years later. On May 4th, 1994, UK politician Harry Cohen mentioned the phrase in a House of Commons discussion about national defense, calling it a “very bad joke” before saying his researcher that made it deserved to be fired. Weirdly, British politicians seemed to rank just behind Star Wars obsessives in their affection for the pun, continuing to invoke it into the 21st century. In 2012, London Mayor Boris Johnson dropped the phrase to close out his re-election acceptance speech.


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