When George Lucas’ Star Wars premiered in 1977, the movie quickly became a phenomenon. On its 40th anniversary, The Onion looks back on the franchise’s defining moments:

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Everything Star Wars stole from

1975

George Lucas decides to expand his short PSA about the dangers of trash compactors into a feature film

1977

The FCC receives thousands of complaints about Chewbacca’s excessive on-screen nudity

1981

14-year-old Joseph Fuller explains the Force to his mother

1983

Thousands of unwanted Ewoks end up in pounds around the country after a spike in parents buying them as Christmas presents for children

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1990

A Star Wars TV spin-off about rival X-wing pilots reworked into NBC’s Wings

1993

George Lucas begins work on the prequels by brainstorming some possible merchandising opportunities

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1994

The Max Rebo Band breaks up following the death of slitherhornist Doda Bodonawieedo, who overdosed after mixing heroin with Jawa juice

2005

Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge Of The Sith suffers disappointing loss at Cannes Film Festival to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s L’Enfant

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2011

44-year-old Joseph Fuller explains the Force to his mother

2015

George Lucas downloads a pirated copy of The Force Awakens

2041

Critics conclude that Star Wars: Episode XXIV—Revenge Of The Force is better than Episodes I-III, IX-XIV, and XX-XXIII, but not as good as Episodes IV-VIII or XV-XIX

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