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3 Facts or Events:
1966 - Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches. (It failed to achieve orbit.)
1977 - Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) opens a limited run in theaters. (Ultimately, it did pretty well financially.)
1986 - Hands Across America took place. (Over 5 million people participated.)
1803 - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English novelist and playwright (d. 1873). (Who I only know from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.)
1889 - Igor Sikorsky, Russian inventor (d. 1972). (That Helicopter Dude.)
1934 - Gustav Holst, English composer (b. 1874). (The Planets. Need I say more?)
Bonus Holidays and Observances:
- Towel Day, in memory of Douglas Adams, is observed.