September 8th is known as Star Trek Day around the world, and fans of the franchise celebrate every year.

There is plenty to look forward to this year, with a live streamed panel filled to the brim with talks from the cast, appearances, and more!

The Star Trek Day press release stated that on September 8th 1966, “Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry introduced audiences to a world that championed diversity, inclusion, acceptance and hope.”

Why is September 8th Star Trek Day?

September 8th is known as Star Trek Day because the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series “The Man Trap” aired on the same date in 1966.

That means on September 8th each year Star Trek fans, known as “Trekkers” celebrate the birth of the franchise.

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George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the television series and consequent films, took to Twitter to celebrate the day writing:

“On this date in 1966, Star Trek premiered. And the world was forever changed. It was supposed to be a five year mission. And here we are, FIFTY five years in. Here’s to all the fans who have kept the love going!”

Star Trek Day plans for 2021

A live-streamed celebration of Star Trek Day will be taking place at 5:30 PM, PT/8:30 PM, ET. Live from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The event will be hosted by Will Wheaton and Mica Burton and fans can expect back-to-back- in-person conversations with cast members and creative minds from the Star Trek Universe.

Surprise appearances, announcements, and reveals will also be taking place throughout the event. You can watch the celebration here.