This Week In Awesome History Vol. 6

Iconic serial killers and a ship that would create the most annoying Celine Dion performance ever make today's list.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

August 29, 1963: Hideo Kojima is born

On this day in ‘63 Hideo Kojima entered the world, and brought along with him a videogame icon in the form of Solid Snake, and a batsh*t crazy narrative in the form of his Metal Gear series. Kojima has gone on to become one of gaming’s most respected directors, having been at the helm of 7 Metal Gear titles and last year’s surprisingly good Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

He also provided voiceover work for C: LoS and MGS4, as the Chupacabra and God (yes, that God) respectively. He is currently working on the tentatively titled Project S with fellow evil genius Suda 51.


August 31, 1888: Jack the Rippers first murder

Perhaps the most documented and investigated serial killers in history, Jack the Ripper terrified the inhabitants of London’s East End throughout the latter half of 1888, beginning with his gruesome murder of prostitute Mary Ann Nichols on August 31.

Nichols body was found in Buck’s Row (now Durward Street), Whitechapel, with her throat severed deeply by two cuts and her abdomen ripped open by a jagged wound. Nichols was the first of the ‘Canonical Five’ murders: although more murders were perpetrated around the same time period, they are largely considered to be either unrelated or copycats.

The killer was never identified except for two letters sent to the police, containing information only the perpetrator would know, signed “Jack the Ripper”. Following Mary Kelly’s murder on November 9 of the same year no further crimes were committed, and the case was left unsolved.


September 1, 1985: The Titanic wreckage found

73 years after the “ship that God himself couldn’t sink”, well, sank, the wreckage of the RMS Titanic was found 400 miles east of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic.

An unmanned submersible was sent to the ocean floor to search for debris of the ocean liner, and on the morning of September 1st it passed one of the ships huge boilers, lying at a depth of over 13,000 feet.

Check out the Titanic Footage.


September 3, 1995: eBay launches

French born-Iranian programmer Pierre Omidyar launches eBay, an auction site that was originally part of a larger site that included a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Ebola virus.

One of the first items sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer, selling for $14.83. Omidyar contacted the buyer to ensure that he knew that pointer was broken, to which he responded “I am a collector of broken laser pointers”.

The site now stands as a gathering for the money hungry and ruthless, with everyone from burgeoning entrepreneurs to broke 16-year-olds trying to sell barely working Xbox 360’s, action figures with missing limbs and novelty items like a jar of Britney Spears’ spit or their own virginity.


September 4, 1989: Super Mario Bros. Super Show launches

Beginning September 4, 1989, the Super Mario Bros. Super Show’s reign lasted under 4 months (it ended December 4th of the same year), but its imprint on our childhood will last forever.

From its awful live-action sequences to its baffling cartoons the show has since managed to garner itself a cult audience, particularly on the Interwebz, where footage of the much-maligned series will regularly appear in “YouTube Poop” compilations.

Starring Danny Wells as Luigi and professional wrestler Lou Albano as Mario, the show began and ended with a sitcom segment, often featuring celebrity appearances from the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Roddy Piper, and featured both a Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda cartoon, both of which shared very few things in common with their video game counterparts (“Excuuuuuuse me, Princess!”).

Even though Nintendo may have won the console war, Sega definitely ruled the roost when it came to children’s cartoons, with Sonic the Hedgehog widely considered to be the greatest cartoon videogame adaptation of all time. Just don’t confuse it with The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. *shudder*