"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.
1974: The all-star disaster film "The Towering Inferno" premieres in New York City. The film, whose cast included Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Fred Astaire, proved to be a critical success, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and becoming the highest grossing film released in 1974.
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