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May The Fourth Be With You

Updated on September 15, 2014
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications.

Star Wars Day

Technically speaking there are two dates which earn the honour of being called Star Wars Day. Ironically both are in May. May 25th was named Star Wars Day by the LA city council to honour the anniversary of of the 1977 release of Episode IV: A New Hope, better known simply as "Star Wars". Fans however thought that May 4th was a more fitting date for what seemed like an obvious reason, and May 4th is the date most people traditionally refer to as Star Wars Day.

The reason for the date of May 4th is simple, a line oft heard in the saga is "May the force be with you", some humour impaired fan punned this to become "May the Fourth be with you", thus Star Wars Day was born.

The History of Star Wars Day

Above I stated that some fan came up with the pun, but alas us geeks are rarely that creative, in fact the first time any mention of the "May the fourth be with you" came from the party office of Margaret Thatcher when she was elected on May the 4th, 1979 and an ad was placed stating "May the Fourth be with you Maggie. Congratulations.". While some noted the pun it went relatively unnoticed by Star Wars fans.

In 2005 a German TV station had a minor slip up translating an interview with George Lucas who stated "May the force be with you", they translated this as "Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen ('We shall be with you on May 4')".

May the 4th didn't fully take off until 2011 when the Toronto Underground Film Festival hosted the first Star Wars Day celebration in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

May The Fourth Be With You

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed watching Star Wars when it first appeared. And I've seen the entire series.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Seriously - SEVEN Darth Vader actors?! Wow - who knew? Certainly not me!! A big-time congratulations for being featured on the May Silly Celebrations monsterboard! Kudos!

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      Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      @TeacherSerenia: Yes its a tricky one. David Prouse was the guy in the suit. The ones you missed were that there was an fencer, different from David Prowse who portrayed vader during most of the light saber battles. The other one you missed is a bit of a trick, when Lucas re-released the original trilogy some additional scenes had to be shot, he used another actor for this. ;) I think I will have to do a lens for that one.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      7 actors play darth vader?? Please add a modle and list them all. I know James earl jones was the voice - Some tall bloke (peter someone) is the first darth vader) and then there is a different actor in the jedi movie where he is dying and is seen in the party scene right at the end... And you must be counting the actors who play Anakin as well, so thats another 2 - the young kid and Hayden and he did the last 2 movies. So thats 5 at least. Who did I miss?

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      Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      @ogrote: now you can celebrate next year :D

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      ogrote 5 years ago

      My kids love Star Wars - pity I missed the lens on the 4th!

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      concept247 5 years ago

      Great lens. May the 4th be with you every day :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      And Happy Star Wars Day to each of you reading this, as well! ;-)

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Happy Star Wars Day!!

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      TopMovieSoundtr 5 years ago

      May the 4th Be With You as you use your newfound force (wings) to do good. Congrats on making SquidAngel status.

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      Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      @bechand: That would be nice :D

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      bechand 5 years ago

      oh so close - maybe it will be lens of the day tomorrow ...LOL

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely an awesome holiday - I'll be sure to grab my lightsaber and drink a Jawa juice.