Star Wars Day
When: Always on May 4th
It's all because of a play on words!
Star Wars Day is May the Fourth, because of a famous quote from the hugely popular science fiction series blockbuster is "May the Force (Fourth) be with you"
Great ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day:
Watch any of the great Star Wars movies
Better still, have a Star Wars marathon, and watch two or three (or 4) of them.
Get out your laser sword and practice for the next invasion from the Evil Empire.
Send a Star Wars day Ecard- of course they have them!
Have a Star Wars costume party.
Learn some Star Wars Trivia, there's no shortage.
Some call this Day "Luke Skywalker Day".
Origin of Star Wars Day:
While we are so glad that this day exists, its creation was a fluke. In 2005, a German News Tv channel N24 interview erroneously translated this famous Star Wars quote. In German, "May the force be with you", was incorrectly interpreted as "We are with you on May 4th". We do believe, that if this error had not occurred, someone, somewhere would have created this day.
There are some references to this as "National" Star Wars Day. We found no record of a presidential or congressional proclamation.
This Day in History May 4th
Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance. (1415)
Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales. (1471)
Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw. (1626)
Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III. (1776)
King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism. (1814)
The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (1871)
The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal. (1904)
Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. (1904)
May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan. (1919)
In Atlanta, Georgia, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion. (1932)
World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before. (1942)
World War II: Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg is liberated by the British Army. (1945)
World War II: German surrender at Lüneburg Heath, the North German Army surrenders to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. (1945)
World War II: Denmark is granted liberation, when Germany was forced to step out of Denmark thus ending 5 years of occupation. (1945)
In San Francisco Bay, U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stop a two-day riot at Alcatraz federal prison. Five people are killed in the riot. (1946)
Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea. (1953)
The 1st Grammy Awards are held. (1959)
American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South. (1961)
Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: the Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the United States' invasion of Cambodia. (1970)
The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation". (1972)
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (1979)
Twenty sailors are killed when the British Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield is hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War. (1982)
The PEPCON disaster rocks Henderson, Nevada, as tons of space shuttle fuel detonate during a fire. (1988)
Iran-Contra Affair: Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges. The convictions, however, are later overturned on appeal. (1989)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord regarding Palestinian autonomy granting self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho. (1994)
A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty. (1998)
Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7 mi wide EF5 tornado—the first-ever tornado to be rated as such with the new Enhanced Fujita Scale. (2007)