Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

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