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Friday 13 January 1978

It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Ashmit Patel and Nate Silver. In that special week of January people in US were listening to Baby Come Back by Player. In UK Mull Of Kintyre / Girl's School by Wings was in the top 5 hits. The Duellists, directed by Ridley Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978 while The Dragons Of Eden by Carl Sagan was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching All Creatures Great and Small. If you liked videogames you were probably playing MUD1 or Space Invaders.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

The Duellists

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney

Country: United States

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Directed by: Michael Crichton

Starring: Michael Douglas, Rip Torn, Genevive Bujold

Country: United States

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High Anxiety

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Starring: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman

Country: United States

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The Gauntlet

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle

Country: United States

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Saturday Night Fever

Directed by: John Badham

Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

All Creatures Great and Small

Starring: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, Lynda Bellingham

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Professionals

Written by: Brian Clemens

Starring: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Mind Your Language

Written by: Vince Powell

Starring: Barry Evans, George Camiller, Jacki Harding, Zara Nutley

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Cousteau Odyssey

Starring: Theodore Strauss, Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Country: United States

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Written by: Susan Harris

Starring: Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 13 January 1978 ?

  • In Sweden, Christmas ends on the 20th day, St. Knut's Day. Children celebrate a party throwing out the Christmas tree (julgransplundring).
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Famous Deaths:
  • Hubert Humphrey: American politician who served as Vice-President of the United States from 1965-1969 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Joseph V McCarthy: baseball manager (New York Yankees), dies at age 90.
  • Joe McCarthy: American baseball player and manager (d. 1978).

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood -- Jan. 9, 1978
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8570
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Anwar Sadat, Man of the Year -- Jan. 2, 1978


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

The Dragons Of Eden

By: Carl Sagan

Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of

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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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Delta Of Venus

By: Anais Nin

"Delta of Venus joyously explores the art of human sexuality. Anais Nin's writing style is at once lyrical and straightforward. While she leaves no doubt in the reader's mind just what

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Coming Into The Country

By: John McPhee

Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal,

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Sky Diver

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Windows PlayStation 2 Xbox

Genre: Action

Publisher: Atari, Inc.

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Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Puzzle game

Publisher: Gremlin

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Platform: Platform independent

Genre: Fantasy MUD

Space Invaders

Platform: Arcade, various

Genre: Fixed shooter

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Tournament Table

Tournament Table

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Atari

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