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Sunday 16 August 1981

It was Sunday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Taylor Rain and Roque Santa Cruz. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross. In UK Green Door by Shakin' Stevens was in the top 5 hits. An American Werewolf in London, directed by John Landis, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Noble House by James Clavell was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Troubles. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Pulsar or Warp & Warp.
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 ?

An American Werewolf in London

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher

Country: United States

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Heavy Metal

Directed by: Gerald Potterton

Starring: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty

Country: United States

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Blow Out

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

Country: United States

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Endless Love

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Starring: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight

Country: United States

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Arthur

Directed by: Steve Gordon

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

The Troubles

Country: United Kingdom

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MTV Music Television

Starring: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson

Country: United States

Night Flight

Written by: Stuart S. Shapiro

Starring: Ross Bennett, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Randy Newman

Country: United States

Shillingbury Tales

Starring: Robin Nedwell, Diane Keen, Jack Douglas, Joe Black

Country: United Kingdom

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Into the Labyrinth

Starring: Pamela Salem, Charlie Caine, Ron Moody, Lisa Turner

Country: United Kingdom

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 16 August 1981 ?

Holidays:
  • 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
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Facts:
  • Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0).

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Magazine Covers

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Ice Cream -- Aug. 10, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8757
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Prince Charles and Princess Diana -- Aug. 3, 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 ?

Pulsar

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shooter game

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Qix

Platform: Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari 8-bit, Atari 5200, Atari Lynx, Commodore 64, DOS, FM-7, Game Boy, Mobile Phone, Nintendo Entertainment System, PC

Genre: Action

Publisher: NA Taito; NA Atari (Home computers); NA Telegames (Lynx); JP Takara (FM-7); WW Nintendo

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Super Cobra

Platform: Arcade, Adventure Vision, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Colecovision, Intellivision, MSX, Sord M5

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: JP/EU Konami; NA Stern; NA Entex; NA Parker Brothers

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Thief

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Pacific Novelty

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Warp & Warp

Platform: Arcade, MSX, PV-1000, Family Computer

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; JP Casio; NA Rock-Ola

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