“Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare, the war against the Machines…”
“Judgement Day” is the day in the Terminator films when Skynet (the computer system controlling all our nuclear weapons) launched an attack on the Soviet Union. Of course, in the universe of the movies, this is a future that only extends off a series of events that was interrupted by the events of the first and second films. The “alternate ending” of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” helps put it in perspective.
So Happy Judgment Day! “Everyday from this day on is a gift! Use it well!”
p.s. Michael Jackson turned 39, not 40, on August 29, 1997.