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Saturday 8 August 1981

It was Saturday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Roger Federer and Meagan Good. 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 Noble House by James Clavell was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Troubles. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Galaga or Colony 7.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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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

Night Flight

Written by: Stuart S. Shapiro

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

Country: United States

Shillingbury Tales

Starring: Robin Nedwell, Diane Keen, Jack Douglas, Joe Black

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Into the Labyrinth

Starring: Pamela Salem, Charlie Caine, Ron Moody, Lisa Turner

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Movies

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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Arthur

Directed by: Steve Gordon

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud

Country: United States

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Victory

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pel

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 8 August 1981 ?

Holidays:
  • Roman Catholicism - the feasts of at least ? saints: St. Dominic de Guzman, priest, (1170-1221).
  • Sweden - Namesday of Queen Silvia, an Official Flag Day.
  • Taiwan: Father's Day. (In Mandarin, Ba Ba means father and 8-8, or August 8).
  • St. Hormisdas
  • St. Smaragdus (and companions)
Famous Birthdays:
  • Roger Federer: Swiss-born professional athlete, a tennis phenomenon who won five consecutive Wimbledon championships, 2003-2007 inclusive, before he was 26 years old.
  • Meagan Good: American actress.
  • Bradley McIntosh: British pop singer.
  • Vanessa Amorosi: Australian singer and songwriter.
  • Kaori Iida: Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume Tanpopo and Dream Morning Musume).
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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in August 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Prince Charles and Princess Diana -- Aug. 3, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8756
  • Life: Americas Best Swimming Holes

Books

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

The Key To Rebecca

By: Ken Follett

Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca took readers and critics by storm when first published more than twenty years ago. Today, it remains one of the best espionage novels ever written. Look

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The Origin

By: Irving Stone

The Origin: A Biographical Novel of Charles Darwin

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The Covenant

By: James A. Michener

James A. Michener’s masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness.

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Firestarter

By: Stephen King

Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic “terrifying…gripping” (Miami Herald) #1 New York Times bestseller—“his highest farenheit reading yet” (Time)!Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson were once college students looking to make some extra cash, volunteering as test subjects for an ...

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Galaga

Platform: Arcade, Various

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; NA Midway

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Red Alert

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fixed Shooter

Publisher: GDI

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Sabotage

Sabotage

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: On-Line Systems

Colony 7

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Taito Corporation

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Video Life

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Life simulation game

Publisher: CommaVid

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