Today in History: August 6 — Game of Thrones debuted

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On this day in 1996 a fantasy novel, called A Game of Thrones (first in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire) was released with no fanfare. The novel which was written by R. R. Martin, was not an instant best seller.

However, over the years A Song of Ice and Fire series gradually gained popularity. And on April 17, 2011 — a TV adaptation — Game of Thrones, from the series premiered in HBO.

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