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…

May 3rd – On this day in 1999, consumers across the United States enter into a shopping frenzy as merchandise for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace goes on sale. Various retailers, including F.A.O Schwarz, Wal-Mart and K-B Toyworks open stores at 12:01am.

More tomorrow…