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Thursday 2 August 1979

It was Thursday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Susanne Bormann and Donna Air. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Bad Girls by Donna Summer. In UK Are 'Friends' Electric by Tubeway Army was in the top 5 hits. More American Graffiti, directed by B.W.L. Norton, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while The Complete Book Of Running by James F. Fixx was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Prisoner: Cell Block H. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Lunar Rescue or Temple of Apshai.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

More American Graffiti

Directed by: B.W.L. Norton

Starring: Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Ron Howard

Country: United States

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The Amityville Horror

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

Country: United States

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The Villain

Directed by: Hal Needham

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Badham

Starring: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence

Country: United States

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Breaking Away

Directed by: Peter Yates

Starring: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Prisoner: Cell Block H

Starring: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Maggie Kirkpatrick

Country: Australia

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Eat Bulaga

Starring: Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Ruby Rodriguez, Tito Sotto

Country: Philippines

Odisea burbujas

Written by: Silvia Roche

Starring: Aurora Alvarado, Rodrigo de la Mora, Humberto Espinoza, Arturo Laphan

Country: Mexico

Sapphire & Steel

Written by: Peter Hammond

Starring: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Fast wia im richtigen Leben

Starring: Gerhard Polt, Gisela Schneeberger, Helmut Brasch, Erhard Kölsch

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2 August 1979 ?

  • St. Etheldritha/Alfrida
  • St. Alphonsus Mary de Ligouri
  • St. Stephen
  • Roman Catholicism - the feasts of at least 4 saints: St. Peter Julian Eymard
  • Feast day of Ilya the Prophet in Russian Orthodox Church
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Famous Deaths:
  • Thurman Munson: American hard-working, intense, competitive and, at one time, best all-around catcher in the American League.
  • Thurmon Munson: catcher for the New York Yankees, is killed in a plane crash at Akron, Ohio at age 32.
  • Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway

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

The Complete Book Of Running

By: James F. Fixx

Discusses not only the physical benefits of running, but its psychological benefits as well: increasing self-esteem, acquiring a "high" from running, and being able to cope better with pressure and tension.

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The Matarese Circle

By: Robert Ludlum

An international circle of killers, the Matarese will undoubtedly take over the world within just two years. Only two rival spies have the power to stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov,

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Mommie Dearest

By: Christina Crawford

Mommie Dearest is a memoir and exposé written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. The book, which depicts Christina's childhood and her relationship with her mother, was

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War and Remembrance

By: Herman Wouk

These two classic works capture the tide of world events even as they unfold the compelling tale of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.The

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Cosmic Guerilla

Cosmic Guerilla

Platform: Arcade (original) ZX Spectrum

Genre: Fixed shooter

Lunar Rescue

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Space flight Shooter game

Publisher: Taito

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Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Platform: Microvision

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Milton Bradley


Platform: Arcade, Vectrex

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Cinematronics

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Temple of Apshai

Platform: TRS-80, Commodore PET, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC, VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, Macintosh, Amstrad CPC

Genre: Dungeon crawl RPG

Publisher: Automated Simulations

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