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Tuesday 13 December 1977

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Peter Stringer and Tupele Dorgu. In that special week of December people in US were listening to You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone. In UK Mull Of Kintyre / Girl's School by Wings was in the top 5 hits. Saturday Night Fever, directed by John Badham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1977 while Designing Your Face by Way Bandy was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Restless Years. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Indy 500 or DND.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Saturday Night Fever

Directed by: John Badham

Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller

Country: United States

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The Goodbye Girl

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings

Country: United States

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Franois Truffaut, Teri Garr

Country: United States

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Pete's Dragon

Directed by: Don Chaffey

Starring: Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale

Country: United States

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Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Starring: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Restless Years

Written by: Reg Watson

Starring: June Salter

Country: Australia

The Cousteau Odyssey

Starring: Theodore Strauss, Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Country: United States

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Starring: Marie Eykel, Ève Gagnier, Jacques L'Heureux, Claire Pimparé

Country: Canada

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Young Ramsay

Starring: John Hargreaves, Serge Lazareff, Barbara Llewellyn, Louise Howitt

Country: Australia

King Cinder

Starring: Jeremy Arnold, Tony Caunter, Peter Duncan, Michael Hawkins

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 13 December 1977 ?

  • Roman festivals - Tellus was worshipped in the district Carinae at the Esquiline Hill, and a lectisternium or table was spread for Ceres.
  • R.C. Saints - memorial of Saint Lucy
  • Also see December 13 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • In the Julian calendar before the Gregorian reform, this was the shortest day and longest night, and widely celebrated as such
  • In the Irish calendar the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following the Feast of Saint Lucy were observed as Quarter tense.
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  • 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash
  • Entire University of Evansville basketball team (14 players) die in plane crash.
  • A DC-3 aircraft chartered from the Indianapolis-based National Jet crashes near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff and boosters of the team.

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What news were making the headlines those days in December 1977?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Dixy Lee Ray -- Dec. 12, 1977
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8567
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Women's Politics -- Dec. 5, 1977


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

Designing Your Face

By: Way Bandy

Designing Your Face: An Illustrated Guide to Using Cosmetics

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Dreams Die First

By: Harold Robbins

“Robbins eroticized commerce, and, at the same time, he commercialized erotica, dashing into a rich new market for dirty books.” —The New Yorker “Robbins’ dialogue is moving… his people have the warmth

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The Honourable Schoolboy

By: John le Carre

Featuring George Smiley, The Honourable Schoolboy is the second installment in the renowned Karla Trilogy, the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which was the inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, ...

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The Amityville Horror

By: Jay Anson

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers,

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Indy 500

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Atari, Inc.

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Space Wars

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Cinematronics

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Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Action

Publisher: Atari, Inc.

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Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Atari, Inc.

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Platform: PDP-10

Genre: Role-playing video game

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