15 years ago today, Elle Woods taught us to bend and snap.
Legally Blonde hit theaters on July 13, 2001, giving Reese Witherspoon her breakout role and giving us a movie that put a pink-loving sorority girl in the place where she”s the outcast: law school. Until she proves all her doubters wrong, that is, in the midst of a murder trial, no less.
The comedy”s success led to a 2003 sequel and a stage musical that premiered on Broadway in 2007.
Other notable July 13 happenings in pop culture history:
• 1923: The Hollywood sign, which then read “Hollywoodland,” was officially dedicated.
• 1939: Frank Sinatra made his recording debut in a New York studio, singing “From The Bottom Of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood” with the Harry James Band.
• 1964: The Supremes recorded “Come See About Me” in “Hitsville U.S.A.,” Motown”s first headquarters.
• 1984: The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Last Starfighter opened in theaters.
• 1985: Duran Duran”s “A View to a Kill,” written for the James Bond movie of the same name, hit the top of the U.S. singles charts. And Tears for Fears album Songs from the Big Chair reached no. 1 on the Billboard 200. It topped the album chart for four weeks.