Fun Facts About Star Wars Day

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A Smashing Success - When 'Star Wars: A New Hope' hit theaters on May 25, 1977, producers never imagined that the film would be a smashing success.

A Cultural Phenomenon - made over $775 million globally in 1977, After just one movie, it was a cultural phenomenon, and fourty-five years later it is still a huge hit.

Started by Fans - Star Wars Day was started just by its fans and had nothing to do with either of the companies responsible for the franchise.

A Mid-2000s Sensation - According to Steve Sansweet in 2013 on, fans appropriated the saying for online celebrations around a decade ago.

May the 4th Be With You - The phrase "May the fourth be with you" actually was first used in 1979 when the UK Conservative political party paid for a newspaper.

Holiday Celebrated in Space - In 2015, astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched Star Wars on May 4 and tweeted about it.

Official Holiday in California - In 2019 California legislature voted to officially turn May 4th into Star Wars Day, making it an official holiday in the state.

A Day celebrate your dark side - Episode II -Revenge of the Sith.' May Fifth is a day to celebrate the "dark side" or the Sith lords in the 'Star Wars' universe.

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