Thursday January 08, 1981

US date format: 1/8/1981, UK date format: 8/1/1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on January 8, 1981). 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 Genevieve Cortese and Genevieve Padalecki. 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. Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror, directed by Andrea Bianchi, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Crisis Investing by Douglas R. Casey was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Rosa... de lejos. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Astro Fantasia or Lady Bug.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated in Northern Mariana Islands.

Events

  • Pirates of Penzance opens at Uris Theater in New York City, New York for 772 performances.
  • Disneyland welcomes its 200-millionth guest, Gert Schelvis.
  • India all out 63 in one-day international versus Australia.
  • Stack's sells Brasher doubloon of Yale University for $650,000.
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Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror

Directed by: Andrea Bianchi

Starring: Karin Well, Gianluigi Chirizzi, Simone Mattioli, Antonella Antinori

Walking Tall

Walking Tall

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Starring: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Country: United States of America

Scanners

Scanners

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Country: United States of America

Fear No Evil

Fear No Evil

Directed by: Frank LaLoggia

Starring: Stefan Arngrim, Elizabeth Hoffman, Kathleen Rowe McAllen, Frank Birney

It's My Turn

It's My Turn

Directed by: Claudia Weill

Starring: Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, Charles Grodin, Beverly Garland

TV Series

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Rosa... de lejos

Rosa... de lejos

Directed by: María Herminia Avellaneda

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

The Settlers

The Settlers

Directed by: Shimon Dotan

Breaking Away

Breaking Away

Directed by: Peter Yates

Number 96

Number 96

Directed by: Peter Bernardos

Days to next January 08

If January 08, 1981 is your birthday you're 39 years, 8 months, 15 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 16 days.
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Books

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Crisis Investing by Douglas R. Casey

Crisis Investing

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Crisis Investing

Goodbye, Darkness by William Manchester

Goodbye, Darkness

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The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had

Peter The Great by Robert K. Massie

Peter The Great

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Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeAgainst the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten.

Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien

Unfinished Tales

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“The tone is heroic, both the heroes and the villains greater than life-size.” — New York Times Book Review Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth concentrates on the lands

Firestarter by Stephen King

Firestarter

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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 …

Videogames

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005

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Stealth game Maze game

Publisher: Sega

Astro Fantasia

Astro Fantasia

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Data East

Cranston Manor

Cranston Manor

Platform: Apple II, FM-7, PC-88, PC-98

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: On-Line Systems

Crossfire

Crossfire

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, VIC-20, IBM PCjr

Publisher: Sierra On-Line

Lady Bug

Lady Bug

Platform: Arcade, ColecoVision, Intellivision

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Universal Entertainment Corporation. Home versions licensed via Taito.


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