May 19 in Sci-Fi History: Blacking Out with Andre the Giant

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May 19, 2017, 1:00 PM EDT

On this day in 1946, the world was blessed with the birth of Andre Rene Roussimoff. You know him as Andre the Giant.

Born with a hormone disorder called gigantism, Roussimoff grew to the height of 7 feet, 4 inches. As a wrestler, he famously had a pretty badass feud with Hulk Hogan.


As an actor, he is most remembered for his role as Fezzik in The Princess Bride.


Roussimoff died of heart failure in 1993.

Also, here’s a science fiction sorta thing that actually happened. On this day in 1780,New England experienced a crazy blackout and nobody knew why. The New England Historical Society has a pretty spectacular article that’s worth checking out here.

Also, today is Pizza Party Day. No idea why. Though the below certainly applies. Enjoy.