A long time ago – or just May 25, 1977 – the first of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” movies hit American theaters.
On that Memorial Day, “Star Wars” became a pop culture phenomenon. It earned $461 million in ticket sales and went on to receive seven Oscars. Over the years, it led to more feature films, TV series, comic books, toys and video games, among other products.
In history that isn’t quite as intergalactic, May 25, 1787, was the day the Constitutional Convention formally convened.
The result of the Convention was the creation of the United States Constitution. Such important historical figures as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington attended.
Perhaps history is a little bittersweet for Babe Ruth, who hit his last home run on May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. It was his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years.
Ruth was born Feb. 6, 1895, in Baltimore. And his career started there in 1914, when, at the age of 19, he was signed as a pitcher by the Baltimore Orioles. However, that same summer, he was sold to the Boston Red Sox and then ended up with the New York Yankees.
And if you’re thinking about what book to pick up next, perhaps it is worth re- visiting “Dracula.” It was on May 26, 1897, that the first copies of this classic vampire novel went on sale. Irish author Bram Stoker would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it “Dracula” that earned him fame and became embedded into the zeitgeist.