On this day: May 14

POSTED: 03:39 PM PDT May 13, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 13, 2014 

English colonists settle in America, the Lewis and Clark Expedition starts a historic journey, Israel becomes an independent state, Frank Sinatra dies, and "Seinfeld" comes to an end, all on this day.

OTD May 14 - George Lucas
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1944: Filmmaker George Lucas, best known as the creator of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" film franchises, is born in Modesto, California. Lucas directed the first "Star Wars" movie in 1977 and served as a writer and producer for "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." He also directed all three prequel films released between 1999 and 2005. He also directed the 1973 movie "American Graffiti" and acted as a writer and executive producer on the "Indiana Jones" series. In addition, the effects company he established to make the original "Star Wars" film, Industrial Light and Magic, grew into one the most successful companies in the film industry.


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