On June 26, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is published.
J.K. Rowling had faced dozens of rejections before the book was finally picked up, in August of 1996.
The book would launch the writing career of Rowling as she continued the series into seven books.
Those books would help inspire a new desire to read, renew publisher’s interest in producing children’s fiction, and bring wizardry fully into the nerd world.
They would also span a series of movies that would introduce previously unknown children actors who would then continue on to be some of the top stars.
May 25, 1977, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope hits theaters and the world would never be the same.
It came with the newest forms of special effects, and the superb soundtrack composed by John Williams. Those and the story line brought about an opening of imaginations throughout the world.
Though only released in forty-two theaters, the movie would make what was then, huge dollar amounts.
A New Hope would be nominated for ten Oscars, winning six of them.
Star Wars is credited with reviving a sci-fi genre that had all but died out and was until then totally unprofitable.
Combined with Jaws, it began a new idea of the summer blockbuster, that is such a huge part of today’s Hollywood.