On this day: July 12

Published On: Jul 09 2012 11:05:02 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Medal of Honor is authorized, a favorite toy is born, Walter Mondale makes a historic choice, and "E.T." breaks box office records, all on this day.

OTD July 12 - X-Men
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2000: The movie "X-Men" premieres on Ellis Island in New York. The superhero movie, directed by Bryan Singer and featuring an ensemble cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden and Rebecca Romijn, proved a box office hit, spawning a film franchise and a re-emergence of superhero films in general.

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