On this day: American Ballet Theatre

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Gelsey Kirkland, star of American Ballet Theatre, is seen here as Kitri in Don Quixote on the cover of TIME Magazine on the 1st of May, 1978. Kirkland, whose professional career began with New York City Ballet at only fifteen, moved to ABT in 1974, where she found fame dancing with Soviet ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov.

England Forty Years Ago

This photograph was taken in January, 1978, and shows the village of Bray Shop in Cornwall, England blanketed in snow.

Bray Shop is in the east of the county, near the border with Devon.

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On this day: the Star Wars Holiday Special

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Notorious for its terrible reviews and reception, and one of the first spinoffs of the Star Wars franchise, The Star Wars Holiday Special premiered on the 17th of November, 1978.

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In the special, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Chewbacca’s home world, Kashyyyk, to celebrate Life Day.

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Perhaps because of the negative reception, the Holiday Special has never again been rebroadcast, and was not made available on video.

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Today it is only available as a bootleg copy, and its IMDB rating sits at 2.4 stars out of ten.

On this day: the bombing of the Hilton

The Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia was bombed in the early hours of the 13th of February, 1978.

Two garbage collectors and a policeman were killed when a bomb was left in a rubbish bin outside. Eleven other people were injured.

It is still unclear who was behind the attack.

The scene of the Hilton Hotel bombing on George Street, Sydney. SUPPLIED.