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Thursday 15 October 1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Radoslav Zidek and Elena Dementieva. In that special week of October people in US were listening to Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross. In UK It's My Party by Dave Stewart With Barbara Gaskin was in the top 5 hits. The Evil Dead, directed by Sam Raimi, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Tenko. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Ghost Town or Space Dungeon.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

The Evil Dead

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

Country: United States

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My Dinner with Andre

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer

Country: United States

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Galaxy of Terror

Directed by: B.D. Clark

Starring: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston

Country: United States

Who's Singin' Over There?

Directed by: Slobodan Sijan

Starring: Pavle Vujisic, Dragan Nikolic, Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic

Country: United States

Chariots of Fire

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

Going Out

Starring: Perry Benson, Peter-Hugo Daly, Marcus Francis, Andrew Paul

Country: United Kingdom

Rod, Jane and Freddy

Starring: Rod Burton, Jane Tucker, Freddy Marks

Country: United Kingdom

Movie Macabre

Starring: Cassandra Peterson

Country: United States

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Roger Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Diane Fletcher, Kate Fahy, Alice Berry

Country: United Kingdom

Dark Towers

Starring: Juliet Hammond

Country: United Kingdom

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 15 October 1981 ?

Holidays:
  • United States - White Cane Safety Day, National Grouch Day, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Teresa of Avila
  • Roman festivals - the Equirria or October equus: sacrifice of a horse to Mars
  • French Republican Calendar - Amaryllis (Amaryllis) Day, twenty-fourth day in the Month of VendTmiaire
Famous Birthdays:
  • Radoslav Zidek: Slovak snowboarder.
  • Elena Dementieva: Russian tennis player, she won the singles gold medal at the Olympics (2000 and 2008) and reached twice the final in the Grand Slam tournaments (Roland-Garros and US Open).
  • Keyshia Cole: American R&B singer.
  • Cenek Styblo: YouTube Star.
  • Abram Elam: American football player.
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Facts:
  • New York Yankees capture 33rd AL pennant, sweeping 3 games from Oakland Athletics

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in October 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Entitlements -- Oct. 12, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8766
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Nicholas Nickelby -- Oct. 5, 1981

Books

Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks ?

The Covenant

By: James A. Michener

James A. Michener’s masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness.

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The Key To Rebecca

By: Ken Follett

Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca took readers and critics by storm when first published more than twenty years ago. Today, it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written. Look

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Firestarter

By: Stephen King

Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic “terrifying…gripping” (Miami Herald) #1 New York Times bestseller—“his highest farenheit reading yet (Time)!"Get out. Get out quickly. She's never done anything like this before and I don't know if she can stop."

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Loon Lake

By: E.L. Doctorow

The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression.

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Alpine Ski

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Skiing

Publisher: Taito

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Ghost Town

Platform: Apple II, Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32/64, TI-99/4A, TRS-80, Browser, ZX Spectrum

Genre: text adventure

Publisher: Adventure International

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Madness and the Minotaur

Madness and the Minotaur

Platform: TRS-80 Color Computer

Genre: Text adventure

Publisher: Radio Shack

Softporn Adventure

Softporn Adventure

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, DOS

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: On-Line Systems

Space Dungeon

Platform: Arcade, Atari 5200

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Taito Corporation

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