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Wednesday 11 November 1981, Veteran's Day

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Natalie Glebova and Guillaume . In that special week of November people in US were listening to Private Eyes by Daryl Hall & John Oates. In UK Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar) by Julio Iglesias was in the top 5 hits. Time Bandits, directed by Terry Gilliam, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Legacy by Howard Fast was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching It Takes a Worried Man. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Battle of Atlantis or Skeet Shoot.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Time Bandits

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Starring: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese

Country: United States

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Halloween II

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers

Country: United States

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The Evil Dead

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

Country: United States

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My Dinner with Andre

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer

Country: United States

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Chariots of Fire

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

It Takes a Worried Man

Written by: Peter Tilbury

Starring: Peter Tilbury, Diana Payan, Andrew Tourell, Christopher Benjamin

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Movie Macabre

Starring: Cassandra Peterson

Country: United States

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Only Fools and Horses....

Written by: John Sullivan

Starring: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Troubles

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Shillingbury Tales

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

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 11 November 1981 ?

  • Colombia - Independence of Cartagena, from the Spanish Army in (1918)
  • Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations, including United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
  • Lacplesis' Day (1919) in Latvia: the official date for commemoration of Latvian soldiers, who had died for the country's freedom.
  • Armistice Day in France and Belgium: end of World War I (1918)
  • Poland - Independence Day (1918)
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  • Oh, Brother! closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie ever to win a Cy Young Award
  • Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations.

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Reagan's AWACS Victory -- Nov. 9, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8770
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: The Fitness Craze -- Nov. 2, 1981


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

The Legacy

By: Howard Fast

The Legacy continues the saga of the Lavette family begun in these bestsellers: The Immigrants, Second Generation, and The Establishment. This fourth-in-series story takes place during the turbulent 1960s as

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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: Albert Goldman


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The Cinderella Complex

By: Colette Dowling

Cinderella Complex

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Battle of Atlantis

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Comsoft

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Munchkin (Europe) K.C. Munchkin! (US)

Munchkin (Europe) K.C. Munchkin! (US)

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

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Philips, Magnavox


Platform: Arcade (original) Tomy Tutor, Vectrex, Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade), Windows Mobile, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4

Genre: Horizontal scrolling shooter

Publisher: JP Leijac; NA Stern; NA GCE; EU Compu-Games A/S; EU Milton Bradley

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Skeet Shoot

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports (skeet shooting)

Publisher: Games by Apollo

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Platform: Intellivision, Mattel Aquarius

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Mattel

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