Look Who's Turning 50!

Demi Moore! Dr. No! Kmart! See the people, places and pop culture moments that are hitting the half-century mark

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Updated: Tuesday Jul 03, 2012 | 06:00 AM EDT

KMART AND WALMART

The national discount stores both opened for business 50 years ago – Kmart in Michigan on March 1, Walmart in Arkansas on July 2 – and as a result, most Americans today have never been more than driving distance from bargains and blue-raspberry Icees. Imagine a world where Paris Hilton never got to ask of Walmart: "Is that where they sell wall stuff?" Is that a world you'd want to live in?