21 years ago today: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ opened in theaters

10.14.15 2 years ago

21 years ago today, “Pulp Fiction” was released in theaters. 

Yep, kids born the same day the celebrated Quentin Tarantino movie opened are going out for their first legal drink today.

“Pulp Fiction” was the second feature written and directed by Tarantino, giving audiences a sense of the highly stylized, bloody, body of work with sharp and absurdly humorous dialogue that was to come from the Tennessee-born filmmaker.

The film has certainly left its mark on pop culture, influencing countless other nonlinear films, changing the indie movie game, inspiring a Banksy mural and a Fall Out Boy song and a “Space Jam” moment and plenty of “Simpsons” moments, just to name a few.

Other notable October 14 happenings in pop culture:

1961: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” opened on Broadway. 

1968: The first live telecast to come from a manned American spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

1988: Def Leppard became the first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs, with 1983's “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” (which became the band's best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide).

1994: “Heavenly Creatures,” directed by Peter Jackson, starring Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey, opened in New Zealand theaters. Its U.S. debut followed a month later. 

1996: A film of The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus was finally released. The 1968 event put together by The Stones featured two concerts on a circus stage with performances by The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and Jethro Tull. 

2005: Eon Productions announced Daniel Craig would be the new James Bond.

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