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Friday 12 October 1979

It was Friday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Humberto Ortiz and Philipp Schoch. In that special week of October people in US were listening to Don't Stop Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson. In UK Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles was in the top 5 hits. ...And Justice for All., directed by Norman Jewison, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Rose of Versailles. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Auto Racing or Super Invader.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

...And Justice for All.

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe

Country: United States

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The Black Stallion

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

Country: United States

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When a Stranger Calls

Directed by: Fred Walton

Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda

Country: United States

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Directed by: Blake Edwards

Starring: Dudley Moore, Bo Derek, Julie Andrews

Country: United States

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Nosferatu the Vampyre

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

The Rose of Versailles

Starring: Reiko Tajima, Tarô Shigaki, Hisashi Katsuda, Nachi Nozawa

Country: Japan

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The Legend of King Arthur

Starring: Andrew Burt, Felicity Dean, Maureen O'Brien, David Robb

Country: Australia

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O symvolaiografos

Starring: Giorgos Danis

Country: Greece

Sonne, Wein und harte Nüsse

Starring: Erik Ode, Hilde Volk, Hans-Joachim Frick, Marianne Borgo

Country: Germany

Struck by Lightning

Starring: Jack Elam, Jeffrey Kramer, Millie Slavin, Bill Erwin

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 October 1979 ?

  • 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
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  • Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa
  • The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.

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

Cruel Shoes

By: Steve Martin

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The Powers That Be

By: David Halberstam

Crackling with the personalities, conflicts, and ambitions that transformed the media from something that followed the news to something that formed it, "The Powers That Be" is David Halberstam's forceful account

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The Dead Zone

By: Stephen King

Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into…the dead zone.Johnny

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Restoring The American Dream

By: Robert J. Ringer

about human freedom. The author says "The American Dream was not about government's taking huge sums of money (under the label of "taxation") from citizens by force.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Beam Invader

Beam Invader

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Shooter game

Publisher: Tekunon Kougyou

The Datestones of Ryn

The Datestones of Ryn

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore PET/CBM, TRS-80

Genre: Dungeon crawl

Publisher: Epyx

Auto Racing

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Mattel

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Platform: Apple II

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: Edu-Ware

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Super Invader

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Space Invaders clone fixed shooter

Publisher: California Pacific Computer Company

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