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Thursday 12 March 1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Holly Williams and Katarina Srebotnik. In that special week of March people in US were listening to 9 To 5 by Dolly Parton. In UK Jealous Guy by Roxy Music was in the top 5 hits. The Howling, directed by Joe Dante, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Century by Fred Mustard Stewart was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Riker. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Warp & Warp or Gobbler.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

The Howling

Directed by: Joe Dante

Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan

Country: United States

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Directed by: David Cronenberg

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

Country: United States

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Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Directed by: Jean Girault

Starring: Louis de Funs, Genevive Grad, Michel Galabru

Country: United States

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Directed by: William Lustig

Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton

Country: United States

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Altered States

Directed by: Ken Russell

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Starring: Michael Shannon, Josh Taylor

Country: United States

Svetozar Markovic

Starring: Lazar Ristovski, Petar Bozovic, Bogdan Diklic, Dusan Janicijevic

Fatty & George

Starring: Michael Aitkens

Country: Australia

Bulki kraj sinite

Starring: Rubens Muratovski, Petar Prlicko, Blagoja Corevski, Aneta Durcevska

Mystery!: Malice Aforethought

Starring: Hywel Bennett, Cheryl Campbell, Belinda Carroll, David Ashford

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 March 1981 ?

  • Ancient Latvia - Gregoru Diena observed.
  • Flag Day in Venezuela.
  • "National Day" of the Republic of Jamtland
  • Sweden - Namesday of Crown Princess Victoria, an Official Flag Day.
  • Mauritius - National Day.
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  • Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Soyuz T-4 carries two cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station.

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

  • Time: Inset: of Lady Diana by Snowdon/Camera Press.
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8735
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Reagan's New Beginning -- Mar. 2, 1981


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


By: Fred Mustard Stewart

An entire century is carved into a passionate epic novel that sweeps from Sicilian prison cells to Fifth Avenue mansions. From Brooklyn to Hollywood, this is the story of an indomitable

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Answer As A Man

By: Taylor Caldwell

All his life, Jason Garrity has had to battle intolerance and injustice in his quest for power, money, and love. His new hotel will give him financial security, the means to

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Unfinished Tales

By: J.R.R. Tolkien

“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

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The Fifth Horseman

By: Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

In a suspenseful novel of terrorist threat, Libyan leader Qaddafi holds New York City hostage with the threat of setting off a hidden nuclear bomb.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Arcade, Various

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; NA Midway

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Warp & Warp

Platform: Arcade, MSX, PV-1000, Family Computer

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; JP Casio; NA Rock-Ola

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Armored Car

Armored Car

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Stern Electronics

Galaxian 2

Genre: Arcade, Galaxian derivative

Publisher: Entex Industries

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Platform: Apple II

Genre: Maze

Publisher: On-Line Systems

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