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1977

First Star Wars movie released

When The Force First Awakened

It’s hard to believe I know, but once upon a time there were no kids making a ‘Whhohhh-Whoohhhh’ light sabre sound. No dressing up in your dad’s dressing gown and pretending to be a Jawa. No use of ‘nerf herder’ as a common insult. But all that changed on this day in 1977 when Star Wars was released in the United States.

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1977

‘Star Wars’ opens

On this day in 1977, Memorial Day weekend opens with an intergalactic bang as the first of George Lucas' blockbuster ‘Star Wars’ movies hits American theatres. The incredible success of ‘Star Wars’ – seven Oscars, $461 million in U.S. ticket sales and a gross of close to $800 million worldwide – began with an extensive, coordinated marketing push by Lucas and his studio, 20th Centur... Read more >