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.
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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