Thursday 16 August 1979
It was Thursday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Paul Gallacher and Eduardo Maiorino.
In that special week of August people in US were listening to Good Times by Chic.
In UK I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats was in the top 5 hits.
Life of Brian, directed by Terry Jones, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979
while Sophie'S Choice by William Styron was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Carol Burnett & Company.
If you liked videogames you were probably playing Deep Scan or Tail Gunner.
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Which were the important events of 16 August 1979 ?
- RC saints: feast day of Saint Stephen I of Hungary; Saint Roch (helps against plague and skin diseases)
- USA: legal holiday in Vermont for the Battle of Bennington in 1777 (which actually took place in the state of New York)
- Palio dell'Assunta in Siena
- Eastern Orthodox: commemoration of the translation of the Acheiropoietos icon which means "Not made by hands", (also known as the Mandelion; now lost) from Edessa to Constantinople on 16 August 944
- Paul Gallacher: Scottish football player.
- Eduardo Maiorino: Brazilian mixed martial artist and kick-boxer (d. 2012).
- Monder Rizki: Belgian athlete.
- John Diefenbaker: Canadian lawyer and politician 13th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1979).
Which were the top hits in that special week of August 1979 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Chic - Good Times
- The Knack - My Sharona
- Barbra Streisand - The Main Event & Fight
- Donna Summer - Bad Girls
- Earth, Wind and Fire - After The Love Has Gone
- Dr. Hook - When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman
- Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
- Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
- Raydio - You Can't Change That
- Elton John - Mama Can't Buy You Love
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