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Monday 5 January 1981

It was Monday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include deadmau5 and Brooklyn Sudano. In that special week of January people in US were listening to (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon. In UK Imagine by John Lennon was in the top 5 hits. Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez, directed by Jean Girault, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Nanny. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Jungler or Stone Sling (Europe) Smithereens! (US).
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 ?

Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Directed by: Jean Girault

Starring: Louis de Funs, Genevive Grad, Michel Galabru

Country: United States

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Directed by: William Lustig

Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton

Country: United States

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Altered States

Directed by: Ken Russell

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban

Country: United States

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Nine to Five

Directed by: Colin Higgins

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton

Country: United States

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Any Which Way You Can

Directed by: Buddy Van Horn

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Written by: Wendy Craig

Starring: Wendy Craig, John Quayle, Natalie Forbes

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Blanc, bleu, rouge

Starring: Bernard Giraudeau

Country: France


Starring: Benedict Taylor, Paul Rogers, Patricia Lawrence

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Danger UXB

Written by: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes, Gordon Kane

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Starring: Ramiz Pasic, Milan Luketic, Miroslav Mrda, Zeljko Kovacevic

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 5 January 1981 ?

  • Mungday (Discordianism)
  • Catholicism - Feast day of St. John Neumann.
  • The eleventh day of Christmas in Western Christianity, and the Twelfth Night of Christmas in Western Christianity.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Nightline with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
  • British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of Yorkshire Ripper murders of 13 women

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

The Fifth Horseman

By: Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

In a suspenseful novel of terrorist threat, Libyan leader Qaddafi holds New York City hostage with the threat of setting off a hidden nuclear bomb.

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The Hotel New Hampshire

By: John Irving

“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.”

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By: Carl Sagan

RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOXCosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a

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The Clan Of The Cave Bear

By: Jean M. Auel

The Clan of the Cave Bear

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?



Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Maze game

Publisher: Konami

Tigers in the Snow

Platform: PC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64 and TRS-80

Genre: Turn-based strategy

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Madness and the Minotaur

Madness and the Minotaur

Platform: TRS-80 Color Computer

Genre: Text adventure

Publisher: Radio Shack

Stone Sling (Europe) Smithereens! (US)

Stone Sling (Europe) Smithereens! (US)

Platform: Philips Videopac (Europe) Magnavox Odyssey² (US)

Genre: Strategy Game,[1] Artillery game

Publisher: Philips / Magnavox

Video Hustler

Video Hustler

Platform: Arcade Game (reissue: Xbox 360)

Genre: Sports simulation – pool

Publisher: Konami (reissue: Microsoft)

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