On this day: June 20

Published On: Jun 18 2013 05:25:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 20 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Lizzie Borden is acquitted of giving her mother "40 whacks," the U.S. Army Air Force is formed, the "red telephone" hotline is established, "Leave it to Beaver" airs its final episode, and "Jaws" has moviegoers reconsidering their beach vacations, all on this day.

OTD June 20 - The Great Escape
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1963: The World War II prison camp drama "The Great Escape" premieres in London, England. The movie, which starred an ensemble cast including Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and James Coburn, would open in the United States on July 4, 1963, and go on to earn more than $11 million at the box office, making it one of the year's highest-grossing films. It has since become regarded as a cinema classic.

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