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Thursday 12 October 1978

It was Thursday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Marko Jaric and Adam Dirks. In that special week of October people in US were listening to Kiss You All Over by Exile. In UK Summer Nights by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John was in the top 5 hits. Midnight Express, directed by Alan Parker, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978 On TV people were watching Treasure Island. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Alto Trek or Alto Trek.
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Old Newspapers

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TV Series

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

Everyday

Starring: Stephanie Edwards, John Bennett Perry

Country: United States

Scotch & Wry

Starring: Rikki Fulton, Gregor Fisher, Claire Nielson, Tony Roper

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Sandbaggers

Written by: Ian Mackintosh

Starring: Roy Marsden, Ray Lonnen, Jerome Willis, Bob Sherman

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Born and Bred

Starring: Kate Williams, Constance Chapman, James Grout, Gorden Kaye

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Cooper, Just Like That

Starring: Tommy Cooper, Sheila Bernette, Bob Blackman, Eddie Davies

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Midnight Express

Directed by: Alan Parker

Starring: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins

Country: United States

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The Boys from Brazil

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Country: United States

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Autumn Sonata

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman

Country: United States

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

Directed by: John De Bello

Starring: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor

Country: United States

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Watership Down

Directed by: Martin Rosen

Starring: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 October 1978 ?

Holidays:
  • El Dia de la Raza - Latin America.
  • French Republican Calendar - Chanvre (Hemp) Day, twenty-first day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • Columbus Day (traditionally) - United States.
  • Spain - Hispanic Day, National Day
  • Malawi - Mother's Day
Famous Birthdays:
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Famous Deaths:
  • Nancy Spungen: American homicide victim 10/12/1978, by her boyfriend, heavy metal rocker Sid Vicious.
Facts:
  • Sid Vicious charged in murder of girlfriend Nancyh Spungen
  • Representatives of Israel and Egypt open talks in Washington.

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in October 1978?

  • Time: Pope John Paul I
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8609
  • Time: Inset: Temple OF Dendur at THE Metropolitan Museum of Art

Books

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

The Thorn Birds

By: Colleen McCullough

“Beautiful….Compelling entertainment.”—New York Times“A heart-rending epic…truly marvelous.”—Chicago TribuneOne of the most beloved novels of all time, The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough’s sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback, returns to enthrall ...

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The Honorable Schoolboy

By: John le Carré

This is John le Carre's second book in the 'Karla trilogy,' featuring British master-spy George Smiley, the follow-up to his Edgar Award-winning espionage classic, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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The Silmarillion

By: J.R.R. Tolkien

"Majestic!...readers of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS...will find THE SILMARILLION a cosmology to call their own...medieval romances, fierce fairy tales and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury...it

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Illusions

By: Richard Bach

In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of ...

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Cosmic Conflict

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

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Magnavox / Philips

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Alto Trek

Alto Trek

Platform: Xerox Alto

Genre: Space simulation/Real-time strategy/Action

Astro Battle

Astro Battle

Platform: Arcade Game; Bally Astrocade

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Bally Manufacturing

The Cottage

Platform: Oden, IBM PC

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Scandinavian PC Systems

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Alto Trek

Alto Trek

Platform: Xerox Alto

Genre: Space simulation/Real-time strategy/Action


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