September 8th is Star Trek Day. Star Trek Day falls on the day the first episode of the original series, "The Man Trap", first aired. 

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Created by writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, the series originally set in the 23rd century has been regaling audiences with a vision of the world that champions diversity, acceptance, inclusion, and hope nearly sixty years later. 

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If you’re a Star Trek fan like me, you were introduced to the franchise decades after it first aired on television. I started watching the original series in elementary school and I was hooked. I read the spin-off books, collected the trading cards, watched the movies, collected the Original Series and Next Generation action figures, and was a member of the fan club. 

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The Original Series ran from 1966-1969 and became incredibly popular in syndication. The first Star Trek convention was organized in 1972 which then led to the production of Star Trek The Animated Series, and the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 

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Five more feature films featuring the original cast would follow the Motion Picture. In 1988, the latest live-action installment in the franchise, Star Trek: The Next Generation, would continue the legacy of Star Trek and would get four feature films of its own. 

 

Since 1988, six more live-action installments, three Kelvin Timeline films, and two more animated series have been created. 

 

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Each of the series has included guest stars ranging from Joan Collins to Kirsten Dunst, Iggy Pop and Tom Morello to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Hawking, and many more. You can take a look at a list of guest stars here.

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You can watch the Star Trek Day celebration at the links here.

https://www.startrek.com/news/special-global-star-trek-day-2023-announcement

You can find out more about Star Trek at Britannica.com and Star Trek.com.