April 17: This Day In Sci-Fi History

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Apr 17, 2017, 11:32 AM EDT

On this day in 1972, Jennifer Garner was born. We thought we’d take the opportunity to remind you that Alias was an amazing television show -- full stop. Garner portrayed Sydney Bristow, the CIA spy who captivated TV audiences with her use of multiple languages, bravery in the face of terrible personal events, and mastery of wigs. Really, she was so so good at wigs. The role won Garner a Golden Globe Award, several Emmy nominations and a Best Actress Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. 
Today, we also honor bats. Of all things. Again, we don’t know why, because research into “Bat Appreciation Day” really only tells us that it’s today. Nonetheless, let’s talk about a lesser acknowledged hero of Science Fiction – the creepy little bat.  Bram Stoker gave us Dracula in 1897, the story of a dude who sucked the blood out of human beings and also could turn into a bat. Since then, bats are used in writing and visual media to scare the hell out of you. If you’re looking for a way to mark Bat Appreciation Day this year, may we suggest any movie on this list.


Tomorrow: A Birthday Trifecta, and a Superman Pinata