To celebrate the launch of It’s A Stampede!, every day for the next year I will be presenting a totally informative, yet totally useless fact under the banner heading: ‘On this day in geekdom’.

Yep, that’s 365 facts!

Here’s today’s slice of geekdom…

April 12th – On this day in 1980, the novelisation of The Empire Strikes Back hits book shelves. The book – written by Donald F. Glut – is published by Del Rey and goes on to sell more than two million copies. The book’s cover features artwork by Roger Kastel.

More tomorrow…