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Thursday 14 August 1980

It was Thursday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Nicola Giuliani and Michele Giuliani. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Magic by Olivia Newton-John. In UK The Winner Takes It All by Abba was in the top 5 hits. Smokey and the Bandit II, directed by Hal Needham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader was one of the best selling books. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Space Zap or Space Zap.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Smokey and the Bandit II

Directed by: Hal Needham

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed

Country: United States

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The Octagon

Directed by: Eric Karson

Starring: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef

Country: United States

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Directed by: Robert Greenwald

Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck

Country: United States

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Father Sergius

Directed by: Yakov Protazanov

Starring: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Olga Kondorova, V. Dzheneyeva

Country: United States

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The Final Countdown

Directed by: Don Taylor

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Nobody's Perfect

Starring: Ron Moody, Cassie Yates, Michael Durrell, Victor Brandt

Country: United States

Vakáción a Mézga-család

Starring: Endre Harkányi, Ilona Györi, Margit Földessy, Péter Geszti

Country: Hungary

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The Adventure Game

Written by: Patrick Dowling

Starring: Chris Lever, Charmian Gradwell, Bill Homewood

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Señorita Andrea

Starring: Ignacio Quirós, Darío Grandinetti

Country: Argentina

Shadow Warriors

Starring: Shin'ichi Chiba, Jun'ichi Haruta, Naomi Hase, Shôtarô Hayashi

Country: Japan

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 14 August 1980 ?

  • Paraguay - Flag Day
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe
  • Roman Catholicism - the feasts of several saints: St. Eusebius of Rome
  • United States - National Code talkers Day
  • Pakistan - Independence Day
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Famous Deaths:
  • Dorothy Stratten: Canadian model, Playboy's Playmate of the Year for 1980 and the star of three movies.
  • 17,000 workers strike in Gdansk, Poland
  • Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale
  • In Lenin Shipyard Gdansk Poland, 17,000 workers go on strike
  • U.S. President Jimmy Carter defeats Senator Edward Kennedy to win renomination, at the Democratic National Convention in New York City.
  • Lech Wa?esa leads strikes at the Gdansk, Poland shipyards.

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What news were making the headlines those days in August 1980?

  • Time: Larry Hagman as J.R. In the TV series 'Dallas'
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8705
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Billy Carter -- Aug. 4, 1980


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

The Ninja

By: Eric Van Lustbader

"Totally absorbing...as gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will read...It is superb."NEWS RECORDThis is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West,

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The Real War

By: Richard Nixon

The Real War

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Rage of Angels

By: Sidney Sheldon

A memorable, mesmerizing heroineJennifer -- brilliant, beautiful, an attorney on the way up until the Mafia's schemes win her the hatred of an implacable enemy -- and a love more destructive than hate.A

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By: Martha Weinman Lear

The national bestseller and undying testament of a wife’s love for her husband as he embarks on the fight of his lifeOn a story assignment in France for the New York Times

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Galactic Attack

Galactic Attack

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Space combat simulation

Publisher: Siro-Tech Software (later renamed to Sir-Tech Software, Inc.)

Lords of Karma

Lords of Karma

Platform: Apple II, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Avalon Hill

Missile Command

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: NA Atari Inc.; EU Sega; NA Nintendo (Game Boy)

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Space Zap

Space Zap

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Arcade, action

Publisher: Bally Midway

Space Zap

Space Zap

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Arcade, action

Publisher: Bally Midway

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