28 years ago today, Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall delivered us the sweet and charming story of a 12-year-old who wished to be big. It was on June 3, 1988 that Big opened in theaters.

It was the film that solidified Hanks as a major Hollywood talent and earned him his first Oscar nomination.

Big is also significant for being one of the earlier success stories for a female director. It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office.


Other notable June 3 happenings in pop culture history: 

• 1955: Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch opened in theaters.

• 1969: Star Trek, the original series, concluded on NBC.

• 1983: WarGames opened in U.S. theaters, after premiering out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

• 1987: The Untouchables opened in theaters.

• 1992: During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show.

• 2000: Oops!... I Did It Again hit the top of the Billboard 200. The Britney Spears album knocked NSYNC’s No Strings Attached off the top of the chart.

• 2001: Six Feet Under premiered on HBO. It aired for five seasons, earning nine Emmy Awards.

• 2005: Catherine Hardwicke movie Lords of Dogtown opened in theaters.

• 2011: The ride The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure opened in Disney’s California Adventure.

An enthusiast of time travel stories, film scores, avocados and Charades, Emily Rome is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University and a native of beautiful Washington State. Emily’s writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyNRome.