Awakenings: America & Beyond
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Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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Awakenings: Dirty Dancing Hits Theaters

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"This Day in History: August 21, 1987

A massive, unexpected box-office hit, one of the greatest movies of all times, Dirty Dancing, opens in theaters across the nation. Originally billed as a low-budget film by a new studio, Great American Films Limited Partnership, its expectations consisted of the film being shown in theaters for one weekend only, then, direct-to-video. To lessen its hopes of success even more was the fact that the cast consisted of no major stars at the time (except Broadway legend Jerry Orbach in a supporting role)." 

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Has everyone gone mad? Is the theater jamming as the audience begins a rampage of dirty dancing up and down the aisles? What movie can bring on such excitement that cannot keep people in their seats? Actually, the dirty dancing takes place on the silver screen but the music and the motion makes dancing most enticing...even to present day!
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Awakenings: May the force be with you, always!

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Today's History Lesson...in the movies!

War became the subject of film as soon as cameras could take moving pictures of combat. The "first" war film was probably a one-and-a-half minute pro-war film immediately following the United States declaration of war on Spain in 1898. From that point on, all the wars in American history have found a place in Hollywood's cinema. From silent films to galaxies beyond imagination stories have been written of family conflicts, racial conflicts and romances ultimately finding their way to the silver screen. Once sound entered the picture movie lines became cultural icons. One such movie is in today's history spotlight with the film only being the beginning of legendary sequels, television shows, games, apps, celebrations and communities of followers. From the original 1977 film came the catchphrase "May the force be with you!" This was misinterpreted in 2005 as "On May 4th, we are with you!" which led to the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4, 2011...May the Fourth be With You!
 
This Day in History: May 25, 1977
Sharla Shults's insight:
Since The Crazy History of Star Wars is already written, no need in repeating what has been reported. Instead, let's take a look a few tidbits of trivia that you may or may not already know.
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