On this day in U.S. history in 1977, the movie Star Wars (A New Hope) is first released in theaters.
It starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, among many others and was directed by George Lucas, who is the mastermind behind the Star Wars saga.
George began work on this film in May 1973, having been inspired by Flash Gordon and the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa. Filming began in March 1976 in the desert of Tunisia.
It has earned $460 million in the United States and received 10 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture). It won 6 of them including Best Art Direction and Best Music, Original Score (John Williams).