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The Force is still strong as Star Wars turns 40

A young fan dressed in a Stormtrooper costume posing at the "Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you" festival at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on May 4. It was part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars.

Los Angeles

THE date was 1977, and no one had yet worn a copper bikini to bed, made "whooshing" lightsaber noises with a broomstick or yelled "May the Fourth be with you" at strangers.

But that was all about to change as a 33-year-old Californian filmmaker named George Walton Lucas...

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