ON THIS DAY IN POP CULTURE HISTORY: ‘THE PRINCESS BRIDE’ OPENED IN THEATERS

28 years ago today, “The Princess Bride” opened in theaters.

The beloved comedy adventure was not an immediate hit. It was a modest success at the box office, but home video is where it really gained an audience and became a majorly quotable cult classic.

Other notable Sept. 25 happenings in pop culture history:

• 1953: Liberace made his Carnegie Hall debut for a sold-out crowd.

• 1967: The Doors’ second studio album, “Strange Days,” was released. It went on to reach No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

• 1976: 14-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a note on his school’s notice board that read, “Drummer seeks musicians to form band.” Later that day, in Mullen’s kitchen, there gathered a group that would come to be known as U2.

• 1979: The musical “Evita” opened on Broadway following previews. Among the cast wasMandy Patinkin.

• 1970: “The Partridge Family” premiered on ABC.

• 1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died at age 32.

• 1982: Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, having topped the list earlier that month.

• 1997: The season 4 premiere of “ER” was performed and aired live — twice, once for the east coast and once for the west coast.

Birthdays: “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill (turns 64 today), “Talk to Her” director Pedro Almodóvar (66), “Wall Street” actor Michael Douglas (71), “Argo” actress Clea DuVall (38), “Argo” actor Tate Donovan (52), “Orphan Black” actor Jordan Gavaris (26), “Community” actor Donald Glover (32), “MythBusters” host Jamie Hyneman (59), “Spin City” actress Heather Locklear (54), “Independence Day” actor Will Smith (47), rapper T.I. (35), “The Sopranos” actress Aida Turturro, broadcast journalist Barbara Walters (86), “Chicago” actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (46)

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