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It Happened This Week! 5 Nostalgic Memories, May 22 to May 28, 2022

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It’s not always easy remembering what happened this time last year — let alone this time decades ago. That’s why we’re here to do it for you! Sit back, relax, and take a trip down memory lane as we go through this week in history. Take these fun facts about Star Wars, Jell-O, Paul McCartney, Saved by the Bell, and the Super Soaker to your next party!

Star Wars: Episode IV was released.

Carrie Fischer in Star Wars
Shutterstock/Massimo Todaro

On May 25, 1977, the Star Wars franchise changed the world. Episode IV, A New Hope debuted and quickly became a blockbuster hit!

Jello-O made its debut.

Red Jell-O
Shutterstock/Charles Brutlag

In 1897, Jell-O was first introduced by Pearle B. Wait, a carpenter and cough medicine manufacturer. Yum!

‘My Love’ hit Number One.

Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman, 1989
Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman, 1989Rino Petrosino/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Who could forget this classic love song? In this week in history, Paul McCartney’s song My Love,” written about his wife, Linda, was No. 1 on May 28, 1973.

‘Saved by the Bell’ aired its series finale.

Saved by the Bell Cast, 1990
Saved by the Bell Cast, 1990Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

NBC broadcast the graduation episode of Saved by the Bell, which was the overall series finale, on May 22, 1993.

The toy squirt gun was invented.

Lonnie Johnson, inventor of Super Soaker
Lonnie Johnson, inventor of Super SoakerPhoto by Thomas S. England/Getty Images

It’s hard to imagine a world where we weren’t tortured by our siblings playing with squirt guns. But before 1986, that time existed! Lonnie Johnson, a former US Air Force engineer, patented his toy squirt gun in 1986. It soon became known as the Super Soaker.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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