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Wednesday 12 August 1981

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Steve Talley and Kofi Kingston. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross. In UK Green Door by Shakin' Stevens was in the top 5 hits. Heavy Metal, directed by Gerald Potterton, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Cinderella Complex by Colette Dowling was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Troubles. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Video Hustler or Space Dungeon.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Old Newspapers

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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

Bellamy

Written by: Ron McLean

Starring: John Stanton, Tim Elston, James Condon, Brian Young

Country: Australia

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I Can Jump Puddles

Written by: Sonia Borg, Cliff Green, Alan Marshall (novel), Roger Simpson

Directed by: Kevin James Dobson, Douglas Sharp, Keith Wilkes

Starring: Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Tony Barry, Julie Hamilton, Adam Garnett

Country: Australia

Night Flight

Written by: Stuart S. Shapiro

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

Country: United States

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 12 August 1981 ?

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Facts:
  • IBM introduces PC and PC-DOS version 1.0
  • At the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and in Boca Raton, Florida, IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer, model 5150. The PC features a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 CPU, 16 kB RAM (expandable to 256 kB), 40 kB ROM, one 5.25-inch floppy drive (160 kB capacity), for US$1565. A fully loaded version with color graphics costs US$6000.

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Magazine Covers

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Ice Cream -- Aug. 10, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8757
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Prince Charles and Princess Diana -- Aug. 3, 1981

Books

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

The Cinderella Complex

By: Colette Dowling

Cinderella Complex

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Cujo

By: Stephen King

The #1 national bestseller for Stephen King’s rabid fans, Cujo “hits the jugular” (New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat.

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Gorky Park

By: Martin Cruz Smith

“Brilliant . . . enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind.”–The New YorkerA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces

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You Can Negotiate Anything

By: Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen believes the world is a giant negotiating table and, like it or not, you're a negotiator. Whether you're dealing with your spouse, boss, department store, bank manager, children, solicitor,

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Video Hustler

Video Hustler

Platform: Arcade Game (reissue: Xbox 360)

Genre: Sports simulation – pool

Publisher: Konami (reissue: Microsoft)

Eastern Front (1941)

Platform: Atari 8-bit

Genre: Turn-based strategy

Publisher: APX, Atari, Inc.

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Madness and the Minotaur

Madness and the Minotaur

Platform: TRS-80 Color Computer

Genre: Text adventure

Publisher: Radio Shack

Omega Race

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64

Genre: Arcade

Publisher: Midway

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Space Dungeon

Platform: Arcade, Atari 5200

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Taito Corporation

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