Friday January 04, 1980

US date format: 1/4/1980, UK date format: 4/1/1980

It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on January 4, 1980). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Dylan Fergus and June Diane Raphael. In that special week of January people in US were listening to Please Don't Go by K.C and the Sunshine Band. In UK Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was in the top 5 hits. Just Tell Me What You Want, directed by Sidney Lumet, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while White House Years by Henry Kissinger was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Der Millionenbauer. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Phoenix or Voodoo Castle.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Spaghetti Day
  • Ogoni Day
  • The eleventh night and tenth day of Christmas in Western Christianity
  • Feast day of St Elizabeth Ann Seton

Events

  • President Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • U.S. President Jimmy Carter proclaims a grain embargo against the USSR with the support of the European Commission.
  • Global Positioning System time epoch begins at 00:00 UTC.
  • The president of Sicily, Piersanti Mattarella, is killed by the Mafia.

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Movies

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Just Tell Me What You Want

Just Tell Me What You Want

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Ali MacGraw, Alan King, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn

The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Country: United States of America

When a Stranger Calls

When a Stranger Calls

Directed by: Fred Walton

Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Country: United States of America

Dracula Blows His Cool

Dracula Blows His Cool

Directed by: Carl Schenkel

Starring: Gianni Garko, Betty Vergès, Bea Fiedler, Giacomo Rizzo

Courage fuyons

Courage fuyons

Directed by: Yves Robert

Starring: Jean Rochefort, Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Leroy, Michel Beaune

TV Series

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Der Millionenbauer

Der Millionenbauer

Anna

Anna

Directed by: Jorge Dorado

Emilia

Emilia

Directed by: Diogo M Borges

Lord Schmetterhemd

Lord Schmetterhemd

Chespirito

Chespirito

Written by:

Starring: Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Florinda Meza, Rubén Aguirre, Edgar Vivar

Country: Mexico

Days to next January 04

If January 04, 1980 is your birthday you're 40 years, 8 months, 18 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 13 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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White House Years by Henry Kissinger

White House Years

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Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time. One of the most important books to come out of the Nixon Administration, White House Years covers Henry Kissinger’s

Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Sophie's Choice

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Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan …

Memories Of Another Day by Harold Robbins

Memories Of Another Day

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“Robbins grabs the reader and doesn’t let go…” —Publishers Weekly “His characters are compelling, his dialogue is dramatic, and his style is simple and straightforward.”

Portraits by Cynthia Freeman

Portraits

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From New York’s Lower East Side to San Francisco, four generations of an immigrant family in America come to vivid life in this timeless saga by bestselling author Cynthia FreemanIn an

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Right Stuff

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From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Phoenix

Phoenix

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 800

Genre: Shoot 'em up

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

Voodoo Castle

Voodoo Castle

Platform: Apple II Plus, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Vic 20, TI 99/4a, Commodore 64, Macintosh, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Dragon 32/64

Genre: text adventure

Publisher: Adventure International

Golf

Golf

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Atari

Midway Campaign

Midway Campaign

Platform: MS-DOS, Apple II, Atari, Commodore 64, Commodore PET, TRS-80, VIC 20

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Microcomputer Games Inc

Astro Invader

Astro Invader

Platform: Arcade, Arcadia 2001

Genre: Retro, Fixed Shooter

Publisher: JP Konami; NA Stern Electronics


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