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Thursday 12 July 1979

It was Thursday, under the sign of Cancer. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Nikos Barlos and Maya Kobayashi. In that special week of July people in US were listening to Bad Girls by Donna Summer. In UK Are 'Friends' Electric by Tubeway Army was in the top 5 hits. Breaking Away, directed by Peter Yates, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Sapphire & Steel. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Monaco GP or Trek-80.
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 ?

Breaking Away

Directed by: Peter Yates

Starring: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Badham

Starring: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence

Country: United States

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The Wanderers

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Starring: Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich

Country: United States

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Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Starring: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale

Country: United States

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The Muppet Movie

Directed by: James Frawley

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Sapphire & Steel

Written by: Peter Hammond

Starring: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Fast wia im richtigen Leben

Starring: Gerhard Polt, Gisela Schneeberger, Helmut Brasch, Erhard Kölsch

Patrol Boat

Written by: James Davern

Starring: Robert Baxter, Robert Coleby, Nick Magasic, Andrew McFarlane

Country: Australia

Big Jim and the Figaro Club

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Norman Rossington, David Beckett, Sylvester McCoy

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Starring: Glenn Gould, Anthony Burgess, R.D. Laing, Hugh MacDiarmid

Country: Canada

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 July 1979 ?

  • Sveti Petar (St. Peter)
  • Sunset and sunrise occur along Manhattan's street grid centerline
  • Newfoundland - Orangemen's Day
  • Northern Ireland - Battle of the Boyne Day (also known as Orangemen's Day or the Twelfth, see Irish calendar).
  • Mongolia - Naadam Holiday (2nd day)
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Famous Deaths:
  • Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild and causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to Tigers
  • Ian Palce joins Whitesnake
  • Kiribati (Gilbert and Ellice Islands) gains independence from Britain.
  • The island nation of Kiribati becomes independent from Great Britain.

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What news were making the headlines those days in July 1979?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: OPEC's Squeeze -- July 9, 1979
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8648
  • Time: Inset: Nicaragua rebel by Matthew Naythons.


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

Hanta Yo

By: Ruth Beebe Hill

Stated first edition.

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Class Reunion

By: Rona Jaffe

Fictional Novel, Literary Fiction

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The Island

By: Peter Benchley

Suspense, treasure hunting, murder, intrigue...A classic mystery novel. One of Benchley's finest.

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Lauren Bacall By Myself

By: Lauren Bacall

"In a word, LAUREN BACALL BY MYSELF is terrific...one of the real-life heroines of our time...and she wrote this book as she lived it."BOSTON

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Lunar Rescue

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Space flight Shooter game

Publisher: Taito

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Monaco GP

Platform: Arcade, SG-1000

Genre: Racing / Driving

Publisher: Sega

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Speed Freak

Speed Freak

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Vectorbeam

Radar Scope

Radar Scope

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Nintendo



Platform: TRS-80

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