"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.
1978: The movie "Superman," starring Christopher Reeve as the titular superhero, premieres at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The movie went on to gross more than $300 million worldwide and spur a film franchise consisting of three direct sequels through 1987.
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