"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
2009: Director James Cameron's 3-D sci-fi film epic "Avatar" has its world premiere in London. The movie would go on to earn $2.7 billion, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Cameron's "Titanic," which had held the record for 12 years. It earned nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three, for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction.
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