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Tuesday 13 January 1981

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Ginger Zee and Shad Gaspard. In that special week of January people in US were listening to (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon. In UK Imagine by John Lennon was in the top 5 hits. Scanners, directed by David Cronenberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Mystery!: Malice Aforethought. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Crossfire or Mouse Trap.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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


Directed by: David Cronenberg

Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan

Country: United States

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Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Directed by: Jean Girault

Starring: Louis de Funs, Genevive Grad, Michel Galabru

Country: United States

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Directed by: William Lustig

Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton

Country: United States

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Altered States

Directed by: Ken Russell

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban

Country: United States

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Nine to Five

Directed by: Colin Higgins

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Hill Street Blues

Written by: Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Country: United States

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Written by: Wendy Craig

Starring: Wendy Craig, John Quayle, Natalie Forbes

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Danger UXB

Written by: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes, Gordon Kane

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Golden Age of Television

Country: United States

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Mysterious World

Starring: Arthur C. Clarke, Gordon Honeycombe, Remy Van Lierde

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 13 January 1981 ?

  • 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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  • Barbara Sonntag, Colorado, crochets record 147 stitches/minutes for 30 minutes.
  • Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson and Howard Nemerov.

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What news were making the headlines those days in January 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Space Shuttle Columbia -- Jan. 12, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8726
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Ronald Reagan, Man of the Year -- Jan. 5, 1981


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

The Clan Of The Cave Bear

By: Jean M. Auel

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Side Effects

By: Woody Allen

A humor classic by one of the funniest writers today, SIDE EFFECTS is a treat for all those who know his work and those just discovering how gifted he is.

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The Origin

By: Irving Stone

From his 1831 voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle to his death in 1882, Charles Darwin experiences grueling sea passages, conducts demanding scientific research, and encounters opposition to his theory of evolution

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Craig Claiborne'S Gourmet Diet

By: Craig Claiborne with Pierre Franey

low-sodium recipes modified-fat recipes modified-cholesterol recipes low-fat cookbook

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, VIC-20, IBM PCjr

Publisher: Sierra On-Line

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Donkey Kong

Platform: Arcade, various

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Nintendo

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Mouse Trap

Platform: Arcade Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Exidy

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Raster Blaster

Raster Blaster

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Action

Publisher: BudgeCo

Super Cobra

Platform: Arcade, Adventure Vision, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Colecovision, Intellivision, MSX, Sord M5

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: JP/EU Konami; NA Stern; NA Entex; NA Parker Brothers

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