Apr 5: Pharrell Williams, Paula Cole, & Deep Dish Pizza!

Today we are celebrating First Contact Day, Walk to Work Day, National Deep Dish Pizza Day!

First Contact Day is an annual celebration observed in the Star Trek universe on April 5th.  The day commemorates humanity’s first contact with an alien species, the Vulcans, in the year 2063. To educate us about First Contact watch these on Paramount Plus: Star Trek: First Contact (the next gen movie); Star Trek: Voyager (S7E22) Homestead; or for something a little more on the humorous side, Star Trek: Lower Decks (S3E1) Grounded.

Walk to Work Day encourages people to ditch their cars and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the office, promoting both physical and environmental well-being.

National Deep Dish Pizza Day is a cheesy celebration of the ultimate comfort food—deep-dish pizza! Today we can all indulge in layers of melted cheese, savory toppings, and a thick, buttery crust that’s more like a savory pie than your regular pizza.

Some Gen X influencers, entertainers, and celebrities celebrating April 5th birthdays include:

Singer and producer Pharrell Williams was born in Virginia Beach, VA today in 1973.  Pharrell has had several songs top the charts – either as a singer or a producer.

Sterling K. Brown was born in St. Louis 48 years ago.  Brown is an eclectic actor that is just as comfortable on camera as he is on mic as a voice actor.  Recently Brown has had major roles in Hotel Artemis and Black Panther.

Singer Paula Cole  was born today in 1968.  Cole got her big break when she toured with Peter Gabriel in 1993-94.  In 96 Cole released the album This Fire which had two big singles Where Have All the Cowboys Gone and I Don’t Want to Wait.

Actress Thea Gill was born in Vancouver Canada today in 1970.  From 2000-2005 she played Lindsay in the Showtime remake of Queer as Folk.  Since 2005 she’s had roles on TV and movies like Dante’s Cove, Mulligans, and Throw Like a Girl.

Mike McCready is a guitarist best known as a founding member of the  band Pearl Jam. Born in 1966, in Pensacola, Florida, McCready’s guitar skills have been a cornerstone of Pearl Jam’s sound since the band’s formation in 1990.  His contributions earned him a Grammy  in 1996 for Pearl Jam’s “Spin the Black Circle”.

Some April 5th Generation X nostalgia:

Today in 2008 – After their performance in Seoul Korea, the band Toto officially break up.

The band Duran Duran played their first live gig together in Birmingham, England today in 1978 and R.E.M. played their first live gig today in 1980 for Karen O’Brien’s birthday party.

The TV show Married With Children starring Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino premiered tonight on FOX in 1987.  All 11 seasons are streaming now on Hulu.

In 2005 Rob Thomas released the album Something To Be.  It’s his first solo venture without Matchbox 20 and the song Lonely No More would break into the top 10 on the Hot 100.

Tracy Chapman released her self-titled debut album today in 1988.  The album was a huge success – receiving 6 Grammy nominations and being certified 6x Platinum in part due to the hit single Fast Car.

The song We Are The World played at 10:50 a.m. today in 1985 on over 1,000 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada.  The song would raise over $60 million to fight famine in Africa.

On April 5th, 2002:

  • National Lampoon’s Van Wilder premiered today in US theaters;
  • Regular 87 octane unleaded gasoline was $1.40 a gal; and
  • In the End by Linkin Park was number one on the American top 40.