Star Wars Day

Date: May 4 Origin: Credit for this day to celebrate the six "Star Wars" films and their various offshoots goes not to George Lucas, but to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The day she was elected -- May 4, 1979 -- her party took out an ad in the London Evening News proclaiming, "May the fourth be with you." A date and a holiday were born. The current incarnation has nothing to do with Thatcher, but has become an occasion for "Star Wars" fans to gather and re-watch their favorite films. Pictured: "Star Wars" stormtroopers at the Rose Parade.
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