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Friday 1 August 1980

It was Friday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Mouloud Achour and Pénélope Leprevost. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Magic by Olivia Newton-John. In UK Xanadu by Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra was in the top 5 hits. Xanadu, directed by Robert Greenwald, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer was one of the best selling books. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Wizard of Wor or Akalabeth: World of Doom.
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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?


Directed by: Robert Greenwald

Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck

Country: United States

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Father Sergius

Directed by: Yakov Protazanov

Starring: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Olga Kondorova, V. Dzheneyeva

Country: United States

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The Final Countdown

Directed by: Don Taylor

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross

Country: United States

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Arabian Nights

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Starring: Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Franco Merli

Country: United States

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Directed by: Harold Ramis

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Nobody's Perfect

Starring: Ron Moody, Cassie Yates, Michael Durrell, Victor Brandt

Country: United States

Vakáción a Mézga-család

Starring: Endre Harkányi, Ilona Györi, Margit Földessy, Péter Geszti

Country: Hungary

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The Adventure Game

Written by: Patrick Dowling

Starring: Chris Lever, Charmian Gradwell, Bill Homewood

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Señorita Andrea

Starring: Ignacio Quirós, Darío Grandinetti

Country: Argentina

Shadow Warriors

Starring: Shin'ichi Chiba, Jun'ichi Haruta, Naomi Hase, Shôtarô Hayashi

Country: Japan

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1 August 1980 ?

  • Orthodox Christianity - Procession of the Cross
  • Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago - Emancipation Day
  • St. Pellegrini/Peregrinus
  • Angola - Armed Forces Day
  • Switzerland - National Day
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Famous Deaths:
  • Patrick Depailler: French race car driver who participated in 95 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 2 July 1972.
  • Strother Martin: American character actor who often plays grizzled western roles.
  • Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon (2:11:03
  • Gerd Wessig of East Germany sets the high jump record.
  • Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • Vigdis Finnbogadottir becomes the first democratically elected female head of state

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

Kane & Abel

By: Jeffrey Archer

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant. Two men, born on the same day, on opposite sides of the

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Thy Neighbor'S Wife

By: Gay Talese

The provocative classic work newly updatedAn intimate personal odyssey across America's changing sexual landscapeWhen first published, Gay Talese's 1981 groundbreaking work, Thy Neighbor's Wife, shocked a nation with its powerful, eye-opening

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Innocent Blood

By: P.D. James

Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid.

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By: G. Gordon Liddy

From soldier to Washington insider; from a prisoner who preferred the walls of a prison rather than the betrayal of his principles; to a writer and top radio personality, G.

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Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Fighting, Sports

Publisher: Activision

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Wizard of Wor

Platform: Arcade, ported to Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Bally Astrocade

Genre: Action/maze

Publisher: Midway; CBS Electronics (Atari 2600); Roklan (Atari 8-bit)

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Akalabeth: World of Doom

Akalabeth: World of Doom

Platform: Apple II, DOS

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: California Pacific Computer Co.


Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 800

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Centuri, Taito (Arcade) Atari (Atari 2600)

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Rescue at Rigel

Rescue at Rigel

Platform: Apple II, DOS, TRS-80, VIC-20, Commodore PET, Atari 8-bit.

Genre: Sci-Fi CRPG

Publisher: Epyx

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