Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American action-adventure film
directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Lawrence Kasdan, based on a
story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It stars Harrison Ford
(pictured), Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies,
and Denholm Elliott. Ford portrays Indiana Jones, a globe-trotting
archaeologist vying with Nazi forces in 1936 to recover the lost Ark of
the Covenant, a relic said to make an army invincible. With his former
lover Marion Ravenwood (Allen), Jones races to stop rival archaeologist
René Belloq (Freeman) from guiding the Nazis to the Ark. Principal
photography took place during June–September 1980 on sets at Elstree
Studios, England, and on location in Tunisia, Hawaii, and La Rochelle.
The highest-grossing film of 1981, it won five Oscars, seven Saturn
Awards, and one BAFTA. Appearing in many lists of all-time best films,
it has had a lasting impact on popular culture. It led to further
Indiana Jones films, games and toys.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raiders_of_the_Lost_Ark>
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Gottlieb Daimler patented the world's first internal-combustion
motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
The Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear weapons test,
detonating the 22-kiloton RDS-1.
Italian businessman Libero Grassi was killed by the Sicilian
Mafia in Palermo after taking a public stand against their extortion
Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 crashed on approach to Svalbard
Airport, Norway, killing all 141 on board.
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