We know we’ve already run a “May the Fourth” article, but we thought this one was just too cool not to pass on. It’s R2D2 taking on a special mission to make sure the Empire doesn’t jam the signal coming from the International Space Station wishing us all a Happy Star Wars Day.
As it happens, we have the London Evening News to thank for the genesis of Star Wars Day. On May 4, 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected British Prime Minister, two years after the release of Star Wars (before it was called Star Wars, Chapter IV: A New Hope. They ran an ad that read, “May The Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”
It wasn’t till years later that the idea of making it a regular populist holiday took off. In 2011, the Toronto Underground Cinema in Canada put together an organized celebration with a costume contest and a film festival to honor Star Wars Day, and it’s sort of been a thing ever since – kind of like International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
This video was produced as a cooperative effort between NASA and Lucasfilm, and is just so kawai we couldn’t stand not to share it. Enjoy.
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