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Thursday 12 November 1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include D J Campbell and Annika Becker. 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 No Time For Tears by Cynthia Freeman 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 Robby Roto or Astro Blaster.
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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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Movies

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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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 November 1981 ?

Holidays:
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Lieven (Leafwini, Lebuin); Josaphat Kuncevyc
  • Also see November 12 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Bah�'f Faith: Holy Day, Bah�'u'll�h
  • National Holiday: Sun Yat-Sen (observed in China and Taiwan)
  • In the Back To The Future film trilogy, November 12, 1955 is a key date. It is the date of the "famous Hill Valley lightning storm" which sends Marty McFly back to 1985 in his DeLorean time machine, and the date Marty gets his parents together. In Back to the Future Part II, Marty and Doc Brown return to this date to stop Biff Tannen from changing history. Doc Brown hyposthesizes that this date might hold some special significance, being the temporal junction point for the entire space-time
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Facts:
  • 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
  • 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
  • Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World
  • Billy Martin named American League Manager of the Year (Oakland Athletics).
  • Second shuttle mission, first time a spacecraft is launched a second time (Columbia 2).

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Magazine Covers

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

Books

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

No Time For Tears

By: Cynthia Freeman

No Time for Tears

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How To Make Love To A Man

By: Alexandra Penney

ASK ANY MAN. If you can get him to admit it, he'll probably tell you that he would like to be made love to almost as much as being a

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Bread Upon The Waters

By: Irwin Shaw

Bread Upon the Waters

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Noble House

By: James Clavell

The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes–fire, flood, landslide.

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Robby Roto

Robby Roto

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Bally/Midway

Defender

Platform: Arcade Atari 2600 Game Boy Advance (in Defender (2002)) PlayStation 2 (in Midway Arcade Treasures PlayStation Portable (in Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play)

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Williams Electronics

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Astro Blaster

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Shooter game

Publisher: Sega

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Battle of Atlantis

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Comsoft

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Jawbreaker

Platform: Computers: Atari 800, Apple II, Commodore 64, PC Consoles: Atari 2600

Genre: Maze chase

Publisher: On-line Systems, Tigervision (Atari 2600 port)

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