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Star Wars Flashback: 1977
Bespin refugee - August 23, 2006

As part of the commemoration of the individual dvd release of the Original Trilogy, is looking back at the year of each films original release; starting, of course, with Star Wars (1977).
Noteworthy events of that year include:
* President Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States; pardons Vietnam War draft evaders in the same year.

*Elvis Presley is found dead at his home in Graceland at the age of 42.

* ABC broadcasts the TV miniseries "Roots" -- setting ratings records.

* The first Apple II computer debuts.

* Cost of a movie ticket is $2.23, while gas is .62 a gallon. A first class stamp is .13.

* Top-grossing films: Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey and the Bandit, King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and A Star is Born.

* Atari develops the Game Brain -- the first Atari system to use cartridges. Cinematronics releases Space Wars, the first vector-graphics arcade game. Mattel releases Missile Attack, the first handheld LED display electronic game.

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