This Week In Film History, 06.09.13

It was exactly 25 years ago this week that Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon took it out of the park with the smart and sexy minor-league baseball opus Bull Durham. We’re stepping up to the plate with more movie memories to share.

June 11, 1922: The “father of the documentary film,” Robert Flaherty, releases his greatest achievement, Nanook of the North.

June 9, 1934: Donald Duck debuts, as a minor character uttering only eight words, in Disney’s The Wise Little Hen.   

June 13, 1935: RKO’s Becky Sharp is released, becoming the first feature film to be shot entirely in three-color Technicolor.

June 13, 1936: Thirteen-year-old Edna Mae Durbin is signed to a contract by Universal. A month later her name will be changed to “Deanna.” 

June 10, 1966: Mike Nichols, former improvisational comedy partner of Elaine May, makes his film directorial debut with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

June 10, 1967: Three weeks after completing his final film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, co-starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, 67, dies of a heart attack.

June 11, 1975: Following an advance rave review from critic Pauline Kael, Robert Altman‘s Nashville premieres in New York.

June 11, 1979: American hero and veteran of nearly 200 films John Wayne dies in Los Angeles of cancer at the age of 72. 

June 12, 1981: Movie audiences are introduced to daredevil archeologist Indiana Jones, as Spielberg and Lucas’ Raiders of the Lost Ark premieres.

June 12, 1981: Financially ailing United Artists is sold by its parent company, Transamerica, to MGM for $370 million.

June 11, 1982: Steven Spielberg‘s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial opens and will go on to become the highest-grossing film up to this time.

June 15, 1988: The diamond-themed comedy Bull Durham, with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, spurs a revival of interest in minor-league baseball.

June 9, 1993: Madam-to-the-stars Heidi Fleiss is arrested in a sting by the L.A. and Beverly Hills police, charged with pandering, pimping and drug possession.

June 10, 1994: Commuters across America are glad their bus isn’t being driven by Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, as in the action hit Speed.

June 12, 1995: Batman Forever opens with Val Kilmer taking over the role of the Dark Knight. Its opening weekend box office gate will be a record $52 million. 

June 12, 1997: The Lost World: Jurassic Park shatters the opening weekend box office record with $72 million and will reach $100 million in just 5  days.

June 11, 1999: Mike Myers’ Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me has a $55 million weekend opening, more than the total box office of its predecessor.

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