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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is released this week in 1982

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial came out 40 years ago this week! Check out this story and more by reading below:

7th June

Prince is born in 1958

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is released this week in 1982
Prince performing in Belgium in 1986. Image credit: Yves Lorson

Prince was born on 7th June 1958. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of a generation, and incorporated a variety of genres into his music, from rock to hip hop, funk and pop. Not only did Prince have huge hits of his own, including Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, he also wrote songs for other artists. He famously wrote Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor and Manic Monday by The Bangles.

Fun fact: Prince was a vegetarian for most of his life, and even had a ban on eating meat at his estate Paisley Park.

If anyone wanted a hamburger for lunch, you had to leave the campus to do it — and still do [following his death],” Paisley Park tour operations manager Mitch Maguire said.

8th June

Michelangelo’s David installed in Florence in 1504

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is released this week in 1982

On the 8th June 1504 Michelangelo’s statue of David was installed near the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence. The statue first left Michelangelo’s workshop on May 14th 1504, and was loaded onto a wooden cart. Due to its size and weight (it is 17 feet tall and weighs more than 12,000 pounds) it took forty men weeks to push it to to the town hall. It stood at this location until 1873, when it was moved to The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze

First World Oceans Day in 2008

The United Nations hosted its first World Oceans Day on June 8th 2008.

9th June

First woman to drive across the United States in 1909

Alice Huyler Ramsey became the first woman to drive across the United States. She started the trip on June 9th 1909, and took a close friend and two of her sisters-in-law. The group used maps that were provided by the American Automobile Association to navigate their way around the country. They began their 3800 mile journey from New York and traveled to California. The trip across the country took 59 days, and most of the way was unpaved. Ramsey performed repairs to the car herself, changing 11 tyres, cleaning spark plugs and repairing a broken brake pedal.

11th June

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is released this week in 1982
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

The blockbuster hit E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was released in cinemas on this day in 1982. The idea for the movie came from Steven Spielberg’s own childhood. After his parents divorced in the 1960s, Spielberg invented a friendly imaginary alien to keep him company- 20 years later, this creature would make its way into film history.

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