April 24: This day in sci-fi history

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Apr 26, 2017, 1:00 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s International Watch Firefly Day. That’s totally a thing. This is not to be confused with Unification Day, which is an actual holiday within the series marking the end of the Unification War. Since our heroes were fighting AGAINST that kind of thing, Unification Day is tricky among fans, but is often celebrated on September 20th to mark both the premiere date of the series and its difficult relationship to Fox, the network that aired it. But April 24th marks a day when fans are to encourage one another to binge all 13 episodes, and Serenity, and then (this is conjecture) flock to message boards and social media demanding more episodes. So, get in there, Browncoats.

Also on this day in 1888, the Eastman Kodak Company was founded, making many of your favorite films possible. So tip a nice drink toward company founders George Eastman and Henry Strong, but save some for Ms. Shirley MacLaine, who was born on this day in 1934. A film icon, MacLaine is famous for movies like The Apartment and Terms of Endearment – not to mention Sweet Charity, which has the single most insane dance number ever put in film (see above). It is, however, MacLaine’s beliefs and writings about reincarnation that she is often remembered for. Oddly, she has only appeared reincarnated in one movie, and that’s Albert Brooks’ Defending Your Life, where she appears as the host at the “past lives pavilion.” Seriously, after you watch Firefly, Defending Your Life is one of the greats.