December 31 in Sci-Fi History: Happy New Year, sci-fi fans

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Dec 31, 2017, 8:30 AM EST

In this, our final installment of This Day in Sci-fi History, we pay tribute to some of the things that went down on the final day of the year. To wit:

In 1961, The Phantom Planet premiered. This weird little indie film from the '60s has a bit of a cult following. It's not actually terrible, but it's definitely a weird one, with a long spaceship repair scene.


Anthony Hopkins was born on this day in 1937. He became an international superstar with his turn as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He's had quite a few great sci-fi, thriller, and fantasy roles since then ... most recently, Thor's dad, Odin.


Sir Ben Kingsley was also born on this day in 1943. Another actor who consistently delivers brilliant performances, he's perhaps best known to sci-fi audience these days as The Mandarin in Iron Man Three (2013).


And with that, goodbye. Have a great 2018, all!