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Tuesday 4 August 1981

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Meghan Markle and Marques Houston. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield. In UK Ghost Town by The Specials was in the top 5 hits. Heavy Metal, directed by Gerald Potterton, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number by Jacobo Timerman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Troubles. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Adventure A or Crush, Crumble and Chomp!.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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

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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Directed by: Steve Gordon

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pel

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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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MTV Music Television

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

Country: United States


Written by: Ron McLean

Starring: John Stanton, Tim Elston, James Condon, Brian Young

Country: Australia

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I Can Jump Puddles

Written by: Sonia Borg, Cliff Green, Alan Marshall (novel), Roger Simpson

Directed by: Kevin James Dobson, Douglas Sharp, Keith Wilkes

Starring: Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Tony Barry, Julie Hamilton, Adam Garnett

Country: Australia

Night Flight

Written by: Stuart S. Shapiro

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

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 4 August 1981 ?

  • Ancient Egypt - Jubilation of the Heart of Re
  • El Salvador - Transfiguration Bank Holiday
  • Cook Islands - Constitution Day (celebrations begin on the last Friday in July and last up to 2 weeks.)
  • Burkina Faso - Anniversary of the Revolution
  • St. Luanus/Lugid
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Famous Deaths:
  • Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission
  • Oliver North is assigned to White House duty

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Life magazine


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

Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number

By: Jacobo Timerman

The Americas, Ilan Stavans, Series Editor € Winner of a 1982 Los Angeles Times Book Prize € Selected by the New York Times for "Books of the Century" With a

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Miss Piggy'S Guide To Life

By: Miss Piggy as told to Henry Beard

Hebrew translation of the original text

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License Renewed

By: John Gardner

Different cover same book. Some spine and edge wear. Very clean and intact. Ships quickly and packaged carefully!

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By: Len Deighton

June 11, 1940 – where is Winston Churchill?A private aircraft takes off from a small town in central France, while Adolf Hitler, the would-be conqueror of Europe, prepares for a clandestine

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Adventure A

Platform: Sinclair ZX81 ZX Spectrum Amstrad CPC

Genre: Adventure with a third-person perspective

Publisher: Artic Computing

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Platform: Atari 2600 Atari 8-bit family

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Apollo

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Crush, Crumble and Chomp!

Platform: Apple II, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, DOS, TRS-80

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Epyx

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Jump Bug

Jump Bug

Platform: Arcade, Arcadia 2001

Genre: Platformer

Omega Race

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64

Genre: Arcade

Publisher: Midway

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